This week sees the
launch of #Mosmoments a twitter campaign where fans tweet their favourite
moments inside the club. Its an interesting campaign and ties in with my
thoughts on shooting venues.
As I have mentioned
previously for me I want to shoot the vibe - not this posed in pretty dress
nonsense, and this week I really wanted to look more into this. Now I am a huge
fan of colour, for me I do find black and white can be used as a way of
covering ones mistakes when it comes to colours and exposure compared to
colour. However I have recently fallen in love with the look again, and so my
current events will start to feature this more and more over the next few
So onto shooting
moments – This weekend was a joy to shoot at Ministry, with a general mixture
of the crowd just carrying on dancing. I felt at one with the vibe and could
really focus on watching and waiting for something special to happen. It’s a
wonderful feeling when you see something about to happen, an individual with a
huge smile waiting for a beat to drop or a pretty girl being carried across the
dance floor by her loving partner.
Most of my work is now all shot on my 1DX and 50mm 1.2 combo. I just love the isolation I get shooting wafer thin depth of field, combined with the contrast and clean look of black and white.
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So with May bank
holiday weekend approaching I was in a strange position that my regular clients
didn’t have a big show for me to shoot, and to be honest I am really pleased
about that. If I was booked into one of my regular shows I would not have been
able to shoot in such a little gem of a venue. Having shot XOYO a few times (a
sister venue to the Nest) I knew that it would be a lot of fun, with a real
underground vibe and lots of darkness.
Now those who read my
random mumblings from time to time may be aware that I have been evolving my
style in 2013, and been looking out for more underground shows to shoot, and
this was a cracker.
With the venue being a
much smaller capacity it was a really intimate vibe, and being on the dance floor
was a great experience. Some people seem to think I am ‘just a dj photographer’
and albeit most of my work is heavily based around djs I do like being on the
dance floor shooting people in the moment. The key thing here being in the
moment – I know this might be offensive to some people but really I have no
interest in taking photos of a group of 10 all lined up in pretty dresses
pouting away with a generic fake orange tan. What I want to shoot is people
having a bloody good night, and this is where the Nest crowd didn’t disappoint,
I just loved moving around the room shooting people having the time of their
lives, and I even got the occasional high five.
Aeroplanes set was
utterly fantastic too, it was a real pleasure to work on such a night and I am
looking forward to heading back to the Nest sometime soon.
See you on the dance floor.