Prime time

I'm having a lot of fun using an old prime. It's one of the first lenses I bought and it's never missed a beat. I reckon using prime lenses keeps my work, well, honest.

Not being able to zoom in and out forces me to find the shot regardless of the conditions – mosh pits and being slammed around with everyone else [which is awesome!], packed shows where moving around is all but impossible, stuff like that.

22 March 2016 – Day 27/366
Solo artist performing at Tago Mago, Thornbury.

Primes are pretty unforgiving, especially when attached to an older camera body. Funny, I have a few cameras and the body of choice right now is my old first gen 5D. I know! Sure the ISO expansion is low, but man, the shots are awesome. Wringing the camera's neck is a good thing.

16 March 2016 – Day 21/366 Tote'L'Rumble Spacejunk v Tankerville. Chaos is everything!

16 March 2016 – Day 21/366
Tote'L'Rumble Spacejunk v Tankerville. Chaos is everything!

My reasons for taking on the 365 live music photography project were pretty simple. At the time, it came down to me pushing myself, and my gear … to photograph music I am not into and find the magic, to find the light when there is no light, to get the shot when there is not shot to be had and to deliver, on a daily basis regardless

7 March 2017 – Day 12/366 Man it's dark in here! – Uncle Geezer at Bar Open. What a gig!

7 March 2017 – Day 12/366
Man it's dark in here! – Uncle Geezer at Bar Open. What a gig!

Next year marks my tenth anniversary of being published as a live music photographer. I wanted to do something different. Something that I thought would make me grow.

4 March 2016 – Day 9/366 So much energy! I like being up the front at shows like Jeff Rosenstock at The Reverence Hotel, Footscray.

4 March 2016 – Day 9/366
So much energy! I like being up the front at shows like Jeff Rosenstock at The Reverence Hotel, Footscray.

The reality? I am learning so much, about myself as a person and as a live music photographer, and finding a new love for my equipment and what it can produce. I would not have believed it if someone told me the things I would discover or the direction and "places" the project would take me.

365 Day Project

Photos from this event are part of my 365 Day Live Music Photography Project where I have committed to photographing a band or more every day for a full year. The project kicked off on 25 February 2016 and is going strong.