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
Just a very small selection from the 1000’s of images I took at this years Wychwood Music Festival in Cheltenham over the weekend.
It was a roaring success as it is every year and I really enjoyed myself. Lots of images uploaded to my agency, lots of fun and lots of interesting people.
I was also chuffed to bits as I got to meet Craig Charles and he signed one of my images of him from a previous year at Wychwood and he genuinely liked it. I also got Pauline Black from The Selector to sign a print I made of her from a previous gig.
Wychwood is a really good family friendly festival. It isn’t so big it is a problem but big enough to attract decent named acts and huge crowds, all of which were and are very well behaved.
All in all for me a very good weekend.
Years and Years gave a very polished and entertaining performance to a sold out concert at The Swindon Oasis last night. Good music and good to photograph. I messed up by miss counting the first three songs and security had to ask me to leave the pit but to be honest sometimes you are so busy focused on what you are doing you don’t always notice how many songs have been played. My apologies to anybody that I affected.
Good evenings entertainment and I can understand why they are winning lots and lots of awards.
Danish Electro Pop singer and performer Karen Marie Orsted performed a stunning set as the support act for Years and Years at the Swindon Oasis venue. She was very very good and interacted with the audience really well and she was (or appeared to be) quite happy me being up close to take images.
I would definitely go and see her again.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 was marked in Swindon by a service held at the Cenotaph in the Town Centre. Despite it being cold wet and windy there was a good turnout in fact there were far more attending than last year. In amongst the crowd there were local dignitaries and the Mayor of Swindon laid a wreath.
Tuesday 12th Jan saw the first day of the National Junior Doctors series of strike days. There was a good turn out of support on the picket line outside of The Great western Hospital in Swindon. The Junior Doctors were joined by The Green Party and by The Swindon Peoples Assembly who showed solidarity with the strikers.
Well over 5 different days and nights I had the pleasure of photographing the Swindon Panto Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs at The Wyvern Theatre. It was sooooooo much fun, the cast were just great. The Panto itself I never got tired of watching. I also did a couple of the promo shoots where Adam Woodyatt was at Regents Circus and Snow White was at OMG hairdressers to have her hair done.
I took several hundred images over the 4 days of shooting and this is just a very very small selection.
For me a fun Panto season in Swindon.
The Swindon Oasis was packed out within minutes of the doors opening for the concert of The 1975. Some people had been waiting since 8 in the morning to watch their favourite band.
Now I have to admit it is not my favourite type of music but they put on a very good performance which was quite impressive. The only thing that spoilt it was the group punch up that took place up stairs in the break. But hey ho, that’s rock and roll baby …..
Just catching up on my posts from late last year. It wasn’t that I was really busy I think it was more about I lost confidence. Not in my photographic ability, in fact I seem to be getting more and more praise for my work. I am loosing confidence in getting my images out there and more well known to a wider audience.
Photography is such a tough business. Very easy to get it wrong. Very hard to get it right. I do it because I love doing it and don’t do it for the praise or the money, but it is nice now and again when lady luck comes your way and something good happens. It isn’t all about hard work, sweat and tears.
Like all good artists, people will notice more of my work when I am dead than when I am alive !!!!!
Anyway, it is a new year, new things planned for this year so let us see what happens……
These images are from the Will Young and Lemar concert at the Oasis here in Swindon. I have met and photographed Lemar before in London and he is a really nice chap and I really like his music. Now Will Young was just great. I like his music anyway but I really really enjoyed his concert and I ended up staying for most of it which is unusual for me as I like to avoid the rush at the end plus I like to get the images processed and delivered quickly.
So for me a really enjoyable Will Young concert.
On Saturday 21st November there was a small (around 50) protest, march and rally on behalf of the Refugees Welcome Campaign. There were various groups attending, from Swindon Anarchists to The Green Party. The one thing they all had in common was that they wanted to show solidarity with the refugees and that more should be allowed into the country.