Given my keen interest in photography combined with my obvious infatuation with music, I thought it’d be of interest to collate some of my favourite gig photos, taken by me. More photos can be found on my flickr, both of concerts and general photography, so take a look if you get the chance – there is a link both on this post and at the bottom of the page.
1. Robert Smith, The Cure – Leeds Festival 2012
This is probably my favourite gig photo of all time. Not only did I manage to get this clear shot of Robert Smith of The Cure, playing at Leeds Festival last year, I also managed to capture the fantastic colours and atmosphere created by the light show. One of the most magnificent things about seeing The Cure was the beautiful and atmospheric show they put on to accompany their stellar performance. After 33 years as a band, they still manage to completely hypnotise the audience. This photograph takes me back to that night so clearly – one of the best of my life.
2. Mark Hoppus, Blink 182 – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 2012
There’s something about the energy of this photo which makes it one of my all time favourites. It might have been the struggle I was facing in a vicious crowd to capture that one shot of Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 that made it so special. I look at this photo of Mark, mid-jump during their electric performance, and it reminds me of how fun they are to watch. Men in their forties, still performing like teenagers. And such a good live performance too.
3. Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco – O2 Academy, Birmingham 2012
This gig was a special one for me, as I was taken there for my 18th birthday. The thing that makes this shot so interesting for me is the specific moment it captured – Urie belting out a song with his phenomenally powerful voice. You can just see from the expression on his face that he’s hitting one of those impressive high notes that make his voice so instantly recognisable. I also find that the imperfections to this photo add to its impact – the slight camera shake present just shows what an energetic gig it was. It also separates it from those so obviously professional shots – this reminds me that I was actually there, enjoying it.
4. Hayley Williams, Paramore – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 2010
As my favourite band, I have so many good shots of Paramore after seeing them 4 times over the past 6 years. This is one of my favourites though, as it really gives the impression of the sort of show Paramore put on. It was fun and exciting.The incorporation of Josh Farro on the big screen in the back adds some charm too, as the background animations were a really nice touch for the show. That, added with Hayley’s comical expression as she allows the crowd to sing along, makes this photo really special.
5. Martin Johnson & Paul DiGiovanni, Boys Like Girls – O2 Academy, Birmingham 2010
First of all, I’d like to point out that this was taken in 2010 – way before Boys Like Girls turned into a Jonas-Brothers-esque boy band. This really was an exciting gig, as by the end, Martin Johnson encouraged each and every one of the crowd to climb onto stage with them for the final song. I was there. I attacked him with a hug. But that’s beside the point. The thing I like about this photo is the closeness you can see between the fans and the band – the hands protruding past the barrier towards the band enhances the fact that this was a tiny venue, with an insane atmosphere. And what a great night it was.