OK guys back in the saddle so to speak. So starting to post again. Back in July I was lucky enough to get Photo Pass for Stevie Wonder Concert at Hyde Park London Barclaycard Summer Time series. I really enjoyed myself but really hard work. He was brilliant of course but very difficult to photograph and listen to. The stage was so high, there were 49 other photographers rushing around and fighting for best spot in the pit. In fact after I got the best shots I could, I put my camera down and just enjoyed the moment. I think it is so important to not just photograph but to enjoy. After the first song we were led back into the press tent where you could watch it on a screen but because it was back stage you couldn’t hear it properly so was p’d off on that score but all in all got to shoot and listen to some epic performers (see other posts) so despite the difficulty it was well worth it.
Oh and one last thing. If you don’t like signing contracts I wouldn’t bother going to try to shoot him. Signed contract with his management company and it was checked 4 times before being allowed in to the pit !!!!!!
I would like to start off by saying this is not me moaning or complaining about this situation, it is purely an observation and asking a few questions.
Whilst enjoying my coffee at my favourite café this morning I read an article (Daily Mail by the way) that was saying that Brooklyn Beckham is going to be shooting artists/bands from the pit area at V Festival next month. Fine, not a problem. But will he have to abide by all the same rules that the rest of us have to abide by? contracts?, first 3 songs?, no flash?, will he be able to sell them after? does he work for an agency?, will he be in the ‘scrum’ with the rest of us or will he have a minder or special access?
He is probably a really good photographer, has the best equipment that mum and dad can buy but so are many others out there who do not have the contacts that his family obviously does. But I would like to see him ‘go through the mill’ may be even use a different name to see if his photographs would sell over anybody else’s images, not just oh they are Beckham’s images we must buy/use them !!!!! If of course that is what happens, does it? I am guessing of course as I am not in that lofty world but it wouldn’t surprise me if it were the case. Level playing field and all that.
By the way if it were me and I could help my children out then I would do exactly the same as David and Victoria.
Sunday evening found me at Gloucester Rugby Club and the Lionel Ritchie concert. It was and he was absolutely awesome. The guy is so professional, so polished, I could not fault his performance one little bit. And even if he had made a mistake it would have been forgotten. Within seconds of him being on stage the audience were up out of their seats dancing. And of course I love Lionel Ritchie’s music ever since I first heard him in the Commodores back in the 70’s. Like I say an awesome performance.
Was there any down side. Well yes. Firstly the rain, it poured it down. So on some of the images it is not dust on the lens it is raining so hard it is captured on the image. Even that wasn’t so bad. The real downer was that all the photographers were walked off the premises once we had shot the first three songs. I would have loved to have stayed for all of the concert but the management would not let us. Why? Well at a previous L.R. concert (Cannock Chase I think) the photographers were allowed to stay. Unfortunately one idiot (and there is always one) went into the audience and continued to shoot. I wont go into what happened to him as it is not clear but the result was that management now walks photographers out the pit and out the venue. I can understand why and would do the same. It s just disappointing when you get idiot photographers who do not know how to behave ruin it for the rest of us.
That apart it was AWESOME
Thursday 16th June saw me at Westonbirt Arboretum Tetbury in Gloucestershire on the first of 4 nights of music concerts. It was headlined by Rudimental but one of the support acts was this young lady. Her name is Anne Marie. Not only did she put on a cracking performance she was sooooo happy. Both on stage and back stage. She was lovely. Go search for her and listen to her music. She has a huge following. Deservedly so.
Last weekend I spent an excellent three days at The Wychwood Music Festival in Cheltenham. It is one of the nicest festivals on the circuit. Placed on the Cheltenham Racecourse means that there is so much room that despite crowds of 8000 per day it never seemed crowded. It is one of the most popular family friendly festivals with so much for the children to do whilst the adults get entertained by some big named bands.
This year was no exception with the likes of 10cc, The Waterboys, Craig Charles, Kate Rusby, Matt Berry and the Maypoles, Stereo MC’s, From The Jam, The Selector and Welcome Back Delta to name just a few.
As one of the press pack we were treated so well by FullFat and all of the security and festival organisers it was a real pleasure to be there. I even got to meet Craig Charles who signed one of my images of him from a previous year and Pauline Black from The Selector who I also photographed a couple of years ago. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the guys. It was a real pleasure.
If you like live music and festivals I would advise anybody to get yourself along to Wychwood next year. Well worth it.