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Maccabees- Hugo.

This choice of shot may surprise a few people, but its a favourite of the films I've got back so far.

 

So I have shot The Great Escape for several years now- and always have a killer weekend by the end of it. The Maccabees at Club NME- Corn Exchange were one of the highlights for me- they have really seemed to grown together as a band- have full command of the stage and know how good they can be onstage- like all great bands should.

 

I shot the whole 3 days on a handful of film- Neopan 400 rated at 1000iso. Just a little interesting project to keep the Garage Studios portfolio looking fresh- at the same time Studio Manager Adam was out shooting super heroes- no rest for us kids...

 

I got all despairing about the lack of soul and the 'shooting for stock' that seems to be the norm now, and jacked the digital set-up after the first band and went back to the studio to pick up my brick of a t-90 and a 50mm lens, no flash. It was a fun and hit/miss experience but I wanted to see if i can get back to that old flavour of gig photography that I first fell in love with- not the kind that is the equivalent of recording a gig on a still digital camera cramming 200 shots into the first 3 songs and then editing to find the cleanest shot of the lot. It just aint the same- though I completlely understand how its the only way to survive with no-one paying- even the pr companies seemed to have jacked in their budgets?

 

I will have a full blog breakdown up soon, just depends on how much backlog of other work has piled up- 3 days out of the studio feels like a lifetime.....

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Taken on May 18, 2009