Last weekend saw me down a venue which I really love shooting – Electric Brixton. Now this was my first trip to the venue in 2013 after shooting a number of shows there last year for a long term client who puts events on there. It’s always nice to take a step back from venues I cover on a weekly basis just to keep the mind fresh, add to the portfolio work which has slightly different sight lines and just generally try something a bit different.
Anyway enough blabbering on about that – the show was one I was looking forward to, with the theme being ‘super you & me’ I expected lots of people in daft outfits ready to party the night away and I wasn’t disappointed there. One thing which I did find slightly annoying was that I felt the incredible production was let down a touch by a massive over use of the smoke machine, smoke machines and events come hand in hand but sometimes I feel on a personal level ‘less is more’ and having a venue filled with the stuff im not the biggest fan of.
Now as photographers we all love to show the killer shots, you know those moments when we nailed it and want to make other photographers weep with envy, whilst fueling our own fragile/inflated egos. But I think that sometimes its important to show when it goes wrong, like here with luke when he jumped back a long way swinging his arm nearly taking my face off. Personally I always try to make sure the artist has space, the dj booth/stage is their work area and this is something as photographers we must respect. However on this occasion the big void in space I had left proved not to be enough and luke managed to clip me in the head by accident. No major harm done but it just shows that no matter how we prepare accidents can still happen.
So now we have a whoops moment on the table we can go back to the ego shots of a mixture of pyro, lasers, hands, strobes and that whole heap of smoke I mentioned earlier. Fairly standard shots by now on my 1DX and sigma 15mm fisheye & canon 16-35 set ups but they're important to not neglect no matter how often we may have shot them.