Ah the muddy, monsoon-like endurance test that is Download Festival – I shot ONE BAND before the metal gods cast a deluge of torrential rain upon us and so it continued for three days. I was perma-soggy and scoffed all the Colin the Caterpillars but as ever, it was the photo highlight of my year! I must enjoy the punishment?! My favourite weather related adventure was getting a golf buggy from one stage to another, weaving at high speed through the mud and the chaos of the backstage areas in order to make a tight schedule clash. We had absolutely no visibility through the rain on the plastic windscreen and there was definitely some screaming as we swerved around corners, narrowly dodging roadies and rig trucks! Check it out below for Iron Maiden (yeaaaaah!), Rival Sons, Sixx:A.M, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Haelstorm, Deftones, Disturbed, Shinedown, Megadeth and Nightwish.
In late summer I set up my lighting in front of the faded, peeling, historic homes on London’s iconic Princelet Street, just off Brick Lane, to shoot UK country band The Shires for the cover of Country Music magazine. We were joined by the BBC who filmed the session for an upcoming documentary. It’s fair to say I’m happier behind the camera than in front of it, but it never fails to amaze me where I end up on my photography journey!
Earlier this year in Los Angeles I had an amazing week photographing The NAMM Show and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gretsch Custom Shop in Corona. But the cherry on top of the LA cake was visiting Joe Bonamassa at his Hollywood home to shoot some highlights from his vintage guitar collection for Guitar & Bass magazine. The fate of the shoot was touch and go for a few days as Joe was trapped in New York following a snow storm. We waited patiently in the Californian sunshine and thankfully, after a winding journey up the steep slopes of Laurel Canyon (have you ever driven an automatic up a hill?!) and accidentally going to the wrong house, our stars finally aligned! You can check out the feature in my PUBLISHED portfolio but for now, here are some of my favourites.
A couple of months ago I hit the road up to Sheffield to work with blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor on some promo images for her latest album. I found the most amazing location while scouting for the shoot – Kelham Island Museum – site of a Victorian iron foundry and power station in the old industrial district. It’s crammed full of gritty backdrops and textures and was perfect for our shoot. Make-up and styling by the fabulous Ali Gunn.
Hello hello! I’m back from my two month adventure in the USA and have so many photos to share from my travels but first, let’s catch up on some of the shoots I did before I went away. I’m totally thrilled with how my Gabrielle Aplin feature for Guitar & Bass magazine turned out – especially as it was shot on the day of tube & train strikes and much travel drama! After a horrendous four hour coach journey and a further hour walking across London in the baking hot sunshine carrying all my gear, I made it to the fabulously shabby Wilton’s Music Hall. What a location! Slightly wonky and faded but still glamorous with carved balconies and sparkling string lights. The feature is now online so check out the Guitar & Bass interview with Gabrielle Aplin here for lots more gear pictures and rundown of her live rig.