2013 has been a weird year, I haven’t really done a whole lot of photography but I have had some amazing opportunities with the photography I have done.
I started the year camera-less (Which isn’t great isn’t the best thing for a photographer to be), but finished it by covering Bowling For Soup’s last ever UK show.
When I eventually replace mine I shot a few local gigs for ‘The New Transmission’ a publication I used to run by myself.
My first major gig of the year wasn’t until June, however it was one of the biggest I have ever done so far, working with Kids In Glass Houses and their record label Transmission Recordings and covering their support slot with Bon Jovi. It was the first time I had worked directly with a band and the first time I got to shoot from stage in front of a 28,000 seater stadium - a pretty nice place to start! I couldn’t have found a nicer band and crew to work with; they are genuinely lovely people and I hope I get to work with them a lot more in the future.
This Summer I covered a few more shows with KIGH, including ‘Carnaby Sound’, an awesome little ‘festival’ in Carnaby Street (you can check out my photos on their Facebook Page), as well as ‘Summer Sound’ and a couple of shows on their tour - they also gave me my first interview for which I am very grateful.
Somewhere along the line I relaunched my publication with the help of Pat Gleeson Photography (a pretty amazing photographer from Hull and generally all round nice guy). Now we have a small team of photographers and writers helping us on our journey, which is awesome, and our online views are slowly increasing.
In the Autumn I covered a couple of shows for Banquet Records in Kingston, which is, in my opinion, the best record store in the South of England.
I also got to do my seconds interview with Sean and Gavin from The Blackout, (there seems to have been a welsh theme running through 2013) which ended up being over half an hour long, most of which I spent trying to suppress my laughter and remain professional - not easy but highly entertaining!
This year I have met and worked with some amazing people who I hope I get the opportunity to work with more in 2014, and have done some thing I never thought I would have the opportunity to do. Thank you to everyone that gave me such awesome opportunities, especially the guys in Kids In Glass Houses (Aled, Shay, Joel, Phil and Iain), their tour manager Stan, as well as Sean and Gavin from the Blackout for the interview.
I am determined to make 2014 a year to remember!
We have reviewed the hard hitting, honest film ARTIFACT by 30 Seconds To Mars about the making of their album This Is War and their battle with their record label.
This is a film not just for the Echelon but for anyone who is a fan of music, has been to a concert, or has ever bought or downloaded a CD or single.
Just a little reminder about my photo usage
I have recently found a number of my photos posted on tumblr and weheartit without my permission being asked. These have been the original photos, cropped versions where my watermark have been removed and completely edited versions.
My photo CAN NOT be posted anywhere WITHOUT my prior permission and under no circumstances may they be cropped or edited.
If I find any of my images (and trust me I will find them) posted without asking for my permission first/with no watermark or an edited version I will ask for them to be either credited or removed or you can pay my licensing fee of £1000 per image per use, it’s your choice.
This may sound harsh to some of you but it is the only way I can keep MY work and continue to make a living.
Think of it as someone writing a song then someone else coming along changing the last few notes and saying they wrote the song, it is no different!
Anyway, rant over and thank you for reading.
All winners have now been contacted so check your messages!
I will have another Lostprophets one soon though…So, if you didn’t win this time there will still be a chance for different photos next time :)