And here we are – 5 Years. That’s how long I have been lucky enough to be working on events at Ministry of sound as of this weekend.
It’s amazing what can happen in 5 years, friends meet their life long partners and start a family whilst others lose everything. Ok so enough of the philosophical crap (for now anyway). For me this has been an incredible period in my life, I grew up with ministry. I bought the magazine religiously (RIP the best music magazine ever) the cds, heck I even managed to get myself into the album artwork in the 2002 annual. Some may like to try and slate the brand but in reality there is nothing bigger in club land as a global entity and with the way brands are being wiped out overnight in the current market I doubt there ever will be.
Over the years I have spent many an hour in the box, and when the place is going nuts it really is special. Now in my former career I was fortunate enough to compete in a couple of large athletics events, and you know what the buzz of the box on a weekend really did replace the hole in my life from losing the thrill of competing in front of thousands.
Through ministry I really have been lucky enough to evolve not only as an artist but as a person and I have made friends who I feel utterly honoured to have in my life now. Ok so those who know me may know I sometimes like to moan when things are not right but part of that is because to this day whenever I am in this place I want to keep pushing myself to create something that represents a brand that is so close to my heart.
This brings me onto my work. There might be some who don’t agree with how I shoot events, but I guess being around for 5 years in the same place says something right? My style has evolved massively in that time, and you know what it’s had to. When I first started I didn’t really have a clear vision like I do now, but in a short period of time I really understood certain things about what I wanted to achieve and how I could achieve it. Back then I was on a 30D and some cheap sigma glass, which I still have to this day. I love that camera it was my 21st birthday present from my family and it was a real workhorse for me. I am lucky now that I have been in the position to massively upgrade all of my kit but I still need to be able to read light with how I shoot.
Many thousands of pounds and many hours of studying the lighting, watching the crowds has really helped me push my look into something which I feel is clean, simple and elegant. Now im not saying people need to buy X/Y/Z kit but in reality some shots I have got in the last year or so were simply unobtainable on my old set up. Anyway im wandering off on a whole other tangent here when this is about achieving a goal I set for myself when I first started. I always wanted to make it 5 years here.
The funny thing about writing this and going through my old image libraries is I can really notice change, and sometimes cry/cringe at a shot that I used to think was cool…… I guess tastes change, but our focus shouldn’t.
Anyway enough waffle for now.
2008 - and my first few shows at the club.
2009 - where a shot that to this day is still one of my best. Its featured on album artwork, event flyers and even is the base for the design of the Ministry of sound headphone range.
A big beautiful smile, I don’t know why but this smile just makes me smile whenever I see this photo. It’s real and honest… No dodgy fake orange skin and ‘TOWIE’ style here…
2010 – In 2010 I started to get addicted to low light non flash work, my kit struggled compared to these days but the Richie Hawtin shot to this day still lives on and features on the wall in the ministry of sound office.
2011 – Looking into new looks 2011 saw me testing off camera flashes, now id still love to shoot more of this, but the sheer ferocity of the sound system caused flashes to vibrate all over the place, and not all djs are happy with flashes going off when they’re working.
My angle… I never got tired of shooting the strobe and showing the club going off.
2012 – When from the middle of the year and I had got my new shiny Canon 1DX I could start to do less and less flash work. For me it works, some might not agree but that’s the beauty of the world we live in.
One of the last shots ever on the old VIP balcony (RIP)
And so that brings us to 2013 – Now I’ve not made it a big secret that I have once again been trying to hone my look again. I was in a dark place in my life and managed to find something on a trip in Berlin that just seemed to work. Im more happy than ever with some of what I am creating, yet I have to be careful not to overuse it.
So there it is… 5 years.
I would like to thank each and every person who has supported me, the friends I have made, the moments I have shared…. Its been amazing. Who knows what will happen over the next 5.