Best Photos of 2013: Part I
2013 has been nothing short of eventful and I’ve met some wonderful people as well as seeing lots of old friends along the way. There have been festivals, gigs and portrait shoots, and at the day-job I photographed the judges our wine competition and have been recommending wines for the magazine. This ‘Best Photos of 2013’ blog has spilled over into three parts (sorry, bear with me!) and kicks off with the beginning of the year…
On January 2nd 2013 I was watching Scuzz at my dad’s house and saw Issues’ video for Princeton Ave, which immediately sparked a “who the hell are they?” googling frenzy. A month later, after some careful holiday timing, I photographed Issues live and backstage at Gramercy Theatre in New York for a gallery on Rock Sound’s website. Issues were one of the support acts on the bill and shared a tiny dressing room with the other supports (Secrets, Like Moths To Flames and Glass Cloud), and in the first photo in this set AJ is taking a picture of the sign on their dressing room door, where all the bands’ names had been compiled into one to make “Like Glass Moths With Secret Issues”.
Back in the UK, I went access all areas with We Are The Ocean at their Koko gig in London and then headed up to Liverpool at the end of March for Radstock festival, where backstage turned into one big party come midnight, complete with inter-band arm-wrestling.
In May I started working with Drop Dead on a semi-regular basis, covering in-store events and taking photos for their blog. Crossfaith popped by the London shop for a signing, and I headed over to the London MCM Comic Con to catch up on the geeky pop culture happenings and stare slack-jawed at the amazing cosplay.
Isle of Wight Festival fell on the same weekend as Download in June, so while most rock photographers headed north for lots of sweat and metal, I hopped over to the island on behalf of Gigwise - the first of three festivals I covered for the music website over the summer. At this one I was mainly focusing on atmosphere shots but I did tick a big, big band off my to-photograph list on the Sunday - Bon Jovi. Not gonna lie, it was very exciting to be in the photo pit when ol’ Jon Bon sang the opening line of “You Give Love A Bad Name”.
My next festival was a very hot Lovebox in London in July, where festival-goers outdid many of the acts in the fashion stakes, and there were some great new bands on the bill including MS MR, whose singer Lizzy Plapinger pulled off a striking combination of Mickey Mouse leggings and rainbow hair.
August to October happenings follow in the next blog, and you can see my full Best of 2013 gallery here.
Best of 2013 blog: Part I // Part II // Part III