Last Thursday I went to The Fleece again to shoot Pete Doherty at one of his intimate gigs before The Libertines reunion in Hyde Park. This was a great opportunity for me, and kind of insane considering how obsessed me and my friend Alice were with him back in the day. I just googled when ‘The Libertines’ the album came out and it was bloody 2004! Wow ten years ago. That was such a great time, I love that album. When Pete moved on to Babyshambles I went to see him at Bristol academy as well as Glastonbury in 2005, and although he always turned up late I still remember those gigs as being great fun. There was one point when me and Alice were walking through the mud at Glastonbury and we saw Pete D and Kate Moss walking towards us. I remember whispering to Alice and hiding my face behind my paper cider pint trying not to scream (we were 15 at the time). That was around the time I became really interested in live music photography and started following photography blogs.
The gig on Thursday had so much energy and the crowd really really enjoyed it despite him being late on. Pete was on stage with a girl on the violin, who was super talented, whilst he had his acoustic guitar. The gig reminded me how good a song writer he is, playing all the best Libertines and Babyshambles songs. He was really funny as well and even sang somebody in the crowd happy birthday!
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Last weekend was Glastonbury which was absolutely awesome! I really really enjoyed it. The best performance for me was London Grammar, which were on at the same time as Kasabian who I know a lot of people said were amazing as well. London Grammar were so perfect though, Hannah Reid has the most amazing voice and they had a live orchestra playing with them! At the end of the set the bloke closing the John Peel stage said “Wow, I think that’s probably one of the best closes we’ve had on the John Peel Stage”. I really wanted to cry whilst watching them but I didn’t let myself, I hate crying in public (nobody loves it I guess). If you go to see one band before you die, go and see London Grammar!
Other high lights include Metallica, Jack White, Courtney Barnett, Robert Plant and Annie Mae’s macaroni cheese stall!!!! Oh wow. I had macaroni with jalapeno’s and sour cream and it was just the best thing ever. The food at Glastonbury is so good, especially as a vegetarian, they have so much choice. Being there for 6 days I still didn’t get the chance to eat everything I wanted to.
John Peel Stage
Me in my Glastonbury bought skirt
I didn’t take a lot of pictures because I was so caught up in the fun! I wish I had taken more. Until next time!
A couple of weeks ago I went to see Nine Black Alps at The Fleece in Bristol. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen them, having seen them at Reading Festival a number of years ago. They’re another favourite from my teenage years, and I’m loving their new album Candy For Clowns! This gig was awesome to photograph, great energy which I hope comes off in the pictures, here’s a few of my favourites –
Love this track off the new album! –
Next week I’m going to Dot To Dot festival in Bristol! I’m really hoping for this heat wave to begin that weekend…
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Well, the weather is pretty horrific at the moment. Flooding, 80 mph winds and it’s pretty cold to top it off. My room is an absolute ice cavern because the window is a poor excuse for a window and my bed is cleverly placed right in front of the radiator, therefore blocking much of the heat that would otherwise be heating the entire room. I should probably do something about that.
Me and my boyfriend braved the weather for a day out at Weston Super Mare on Sunday, a seaside town near Bristol. I hadn’t been to Weston since I was very young, so this was a nice trip down memory lane. I really do enjoy beaches when its cold and windy, there’s something really moody and emotional about it.
We went to this AMAZING chip shop called Papas http://www.papasukltd.com/ and it was seriously amazing. I’m a veggie so I didn’t have the cod but they did these insane Battered garlic mushrooms.
I definitely recommend it.
At the moment things are a bit tight with money, so I have less and less cash to spend on clothes etc. However, I went to Taunton yesterday to visit my Nana and we ended up in Topshop. I found these silver shoes for £7! Absolute bargain, I couldn’t say no. Along with that I bought a pack of silver and gold rings that were in the sale, and it all came to £10.50 which I didn’t feel too guilty about.
Nail varnish from the Guy Bourdin collection for Nars
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So I’ve been wondering recently whether or not to use a watermark for my photographs. You often come across pictures on the net with a photographers logo on them, whether they’re in a corner somewhere or smack bang in the middle, and a lot of them time they look really ugly. I don’t want to use one because I am paranoid everyone wants to steal my work, but that is always a possibility when you put your work online. As somebody that is currently unemployed I especially don’t want anyone using my images for things that I could be getting paid for without me knowing. Watermarking is also great for promotional reasons, if you put your name on an image people can easily trace who the photographer is if they like the photo. After some helpful advice on Facebook I’ve decided to use a small watermark. It’s only very tiny compared to a lot of these marks, because I really don’t want it to detract from the actually photograph.
These are the images I took at Nick Oliveri’s acoustic set at The Fleece in Bristol. What an amazing gig!
Thanks for reading! I hope to be doing much more live music photography now 🙂
I realise it’s been a while since I posted. It’s been a busy few weeks which is brilliant, there have been so many exciting things happening!
A few weeks ago I filmed Shoreditch fashion show at The Hoxton Pony, where designers Beata Guzinska, Kelly Jordan and Rainbowarrior showcased their collections. Afterwards there was music from R.A.N and Sahara who both gave really amazing live performances. I had such a great time at the event and am especially looking forward to the Halloween themed show in October. Here are a few stills of R.A.N and Sahara, I’ll update the blog soon with more photos and film from the show.
I also had the pleasure of photographing Nick Oliveri (QOTSA, Kyuss, Mondo Generator) at the Fleece in Bristol the other night. It was an awesome acoustic gig and I’m pleased with how the photographs have turned out. I promise to update you with these in the next week!
On Saturday I photographed my friends sisters wedding. It was such a lovely day! I’ll leave you with a few of photographs from that.
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I have lived in Bristol all my life, bar my three years spent in Southampton whilst attending university, and I still think it’s one of the most exciting cities to grow up in. There is always something to do or see, whatever interests you may have. Yesterday I went for a mini explore around my hometown with my sister Olivia. It’s pretty hard not to bump into some sort of street art in Bristol, and the centre is full of wonderful huge scale paintings done by different artists.
Of course Bristol is famous for being the hometown of Banksy, the infamous graffiti artist, and maybe this has something to do with it’s street art culture! Another famous figure from this city is Brunel, who built our train station and iconic suspension Bridge.
Temple meads train station built by Brunel
After shopping around for a bit we were absolutely starving and decided to go to The Watershed for some nachos. The Watershed is a great coffee shop/bar on the waterfront, and a perfect stop off after a shopping spree! Here you’ll find a picture of me stuffing my face and loving life….
This may have been taken after we’d tucked into them a bit….
Me enjoying the nacho’s a bit to much…
The view from The Watershed balcony, over looking the docks.
A hole in the wall!?
This is just a small photo diary of a city with many more photograph opportunities and sites to see. I hope this gives you an idea of what a great place this is to visit!
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Ok I love sunshine and the fact it’s not raining. It’s really hot though… and I don’t have a fan. I promise I’m not moaning about the weather though.
I’ve been doing a lot of walking in this heat, not having a job or being able to drive does that to you. The other day when I was visiting my boyfriend in Shrewsbury he took me up what he said was a hill. Having joked that we were going rock climbing that should have prepared me for something a bit… steeper. It was basically more of a cliff. Probably the most exercise I’ve done in a few years, I should probably do something about that.
Bristol seems to be one of the hottest places going at the moment.
Apparently it’s even getting hotter as well. Hopefully I’ll find a way of investing in a fan…