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Crowd funding and OCT-DEC gigs update

Hey guys, sorry I haven’t updated this blog for months. I’ve just been really busy with my band photography and the editing that always follows it. I’ve got a lot to cover in this blog so let’s get started on crowd funding.

The good news is The Getaway Plan reached their target and are now working on their new album. To anyone who donated any money to them by clicking on the links on this blog – thank you. You are helping to make an incredible album happen. It’s called Dark Horses and we’ll be released in May. I’ve already got the live shows written down in my iPad, which is just so helpful at helping me remember when and where all these gigs are happening.

Mike Noga also launched a crowd funding project and I meant to post a blog about it but he reached his target so all is good. I can’t wait to get that tea towel, and also lots of CDs and stuff.

A couple days ago I became aware of The Gin Club’s crowd funding project and for awhile seemed to struggle to meet their target, so I put in some money, shared some links and was again going to post a blog to help get them over the line, but this morning found out they met their target. There’s still a few days left to buy a few packages from them. The Black Cattle Dog pack – the option I chose – is sold out though.

If you’re unfamiliar with their music then I recommend going here.

You can listen to a new song here.

Or you can join me and stare at the album artwork for hours.

So pretty.
So pretty.

Next, is the part where I post a bunch of pretty pictures from the latest gigs I’ve shot.

The Vines at Vic On the Park, Oct 8 2014

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The Vines played a free comeback show at Vic On the Park to play some new tunes from their album Wicked Nature. Their performance was almost as good as they were when they started out. Craig Nicholls seemed to be hyper on energy drinks at least. I took a great video of him dancing around and knocking over the drums which Music Feeds picked up.

Craig launched a very carefully aimed kick at me. In the video it seems that there’s a bit of space between us but the lens is a wide fish-eye. Objects are closer than they appear. It was a fun gig for me especially because I kept ending up with shots like this:

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Lots of eye contact from Craig. It meant a lot to me because as someone who also has Asperger’s syndrome I really look up to Craig as a sort of role model. Every little bit of advice he’s given to me or even the stuff things he shares about himself in interviews, I take it to heart. For example he helped me cope a bit better with strobe lights going off on the stage. And I really like his modern day Luddite-ness. He basically chooses making music and art (painting) over spending all day on technology. It’s something I wish I could do – even just getting back into drawing and painting – but most of my time is taken up by using a digital camera and being online. He’s almost 10 years older than me too so he’s like an older wiser person with the same condition as me. He knows who is now that he understands his diagnosis a bit more and has chosen his way to live to make it easier to deal with living with Asperger’s syndrome, and I really respect that.

My full gallery from this show is hosted on The Dwarf’s website.

The next lot of gigs I shot was Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk at Newtown Social Club, Courtney Barnett at Oxford Art Factory and The Whitlams at The Metro Theatre.

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Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk

The full gallery is here.

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Courtney Barnett

More photos of Courtney here.

Although the gig was amazing I almost didn’t get to see it as the thing most band photographer’s dread happening happened – my name wasn’t on the guest list. I was all approved to shoot the show but they just forgot to add my name to the list. Fortunately, they still let me in to take photos.

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Tim Freedman of The Whitlams

More photos of The Whitlams here

At first I thought I got into the gig pretty easily. No problems with the door list – but then it turned out I wasn’t the photographer The Dwarf had approved. A young man by the name of Stuart was. So, after a long and very frustrating phone call taken while Stuart was in the venue taking photos, it turned out our editor wanted two photographers and this was all explained in an e-mail Stu would read the next morning. Anyway, it all worked out fine. I got some nice photos and Stu and I are good friends now. It was his first shoot for The Dwarf too.

Unfortunately, I missed out on taking photos of my most favouritist band since I was a little 10 year old, The Living End. It’s just really damn hard to get a photo pass with that band. I kind of wish I had another favourite childhood band because now I’m always going to have to get over a lot of obstacles just for one simple 3 songs/ no flash shoot.

I took many videos though. You can check them out on Lost Through the Lens’s Facebook page.

I think I planned to go to many gigs in November but couldn’t for some reason or other. I almost got to go to Melbourne to photograph my currently probably favourite band ever, The Ape, in Coburg prison. But the ticket prices were just too damned expensive. So, I thought it was best to wait for them to return to Sydney.

Then finally Davey Lane returned to Sydney on November 8 and I yet again set out for Newtown Social Club. I had something special planned for Davey. For almost a year I’ve had this birthday present for him in my bedroom that I kept forgetting to give him. So, that night I brought it along with me to give to him. I also made a late-birthday early-Christmas card with a photo of my nephews and their cousins on the front and a picture of Davey and Tim on the back, and had his band mates write inside. I forgot to take a photo of the inside though.

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Happy Birthday, Davey. The Paul Mc Cartney bag was designed by my sister.
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Davey Lane

More photos of Davey and his band here.

November turned into one of those months where it felt like no one was paying any attention to my applications to cover a gig, but then Tex Perkins’ management got back to me and I was approved to shoot Rock the Gate. Oh ya!

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Tex Perkins and The Dark Horses, Enmore Theatre, Nov 23

Click here for my Rock The Gate gallery.

Click here for even more photos of Tex Perkins and The Dark Horses.

Immediately after shooting Rock the Gate I became ill and I had a River of Snakes gig to shoot at Captain Cook Hotel that weekend, so I got all the rest I could and bought all the drugs to help me feel better. It worked! It was a great night with great bands and very lovely people. Should add that due to my fear of change (Asperger’s thing) I was freaked out for weeks about even making it to the Captain Cook Hotel at all, and usually when my anxiety gets that great I just don’t go to the gig at all. But I did it this time and I’m a little bit proud of myself for facing my fears and overcoming them for a night. I did, however, almost pick a fight with an ATM machine which I told people on my Facebook friends list ‘defied all logic.’ And then it charged me $2.80.

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River of Snakes at Captain Cook Hotel, Nov 28 2014

So, those are the gigs I’ve been to in October and November.

Coming up in December, I have:

12/14 – Gyroscope at Oxford Art Factory

16/14 – The Basics at Newtown Social Club

21/14 – The Gin Club at Petersham Bowling Club

Note: experiencing some fear of change related anxiety about this gig currently. Here’s hoping I face that fear again, because last time The Gin Club played there I didn’t.

23/14 – Phil Jamieson + Scott Russo at Waves, Wollongong

28/14 – Laura Imbruglia (You’re Looking At Country) at The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood VIC

^That’s the night after my birthday.

So, that’s it for December. There’s lots of You Am Is, a bit of Davey Lanes, and a few international tours coming up in January so that should be good fun.

I’ll try to keep this blog more updated with photos from the shows.

LTTL

Megan Washington Pops Up in Syndey

Megan Washington live at Pitt St Mall, Sydney 14/9/14
Megan Washington live at Pitt St Mall, Sydney 14/9/14

It was probably the hottest day that I had ever been out in Sydney but I hardly felt it, so great was my anticipation – and some anxiousness/desperation to find the place – to see Megan Washington live for the first time. I got there pretty early and proceeded to wait, and wait, and wait. Then finally she started.

It was a reasonable turn out, the crowd circled around the Westfield stage in a type of bowl formation. I was a little disappointed I couldn’t get as close as I usually do and I regretted not bringing my 70-200mm lens so I could get my usual close-up shots – it’s what I do best. And parts of the crowd seemed annoyed that I moved from one side to the next, to the middle, ah oh I’m bored with that so I guess I’ll move back to where I was. I admit I was seriously under medicated. I have ADHD which isn’t medicated with any prescription medication, more supplements but that day I neglected to take them. I was easily stressed at times but I tried to stick it out until I was content with the photos.

Even people doing their basic shopping stopped to watch the show.
Even people doing their basic shopping stopped to watch the show.

I must admit that few people in the crowd were looking out more for themselves than those around them. There was a father who told a cameraman – I was seriously envious of that beautiful piece of machinery – that he better not get in the view of his daughter. OK, those were not his exact words. I have a bit of a learning disability and struggle to express the right words at first. It was more, ‘are you going to stand up?’ The cameraman said ‘no.’ I understand he wanted for his daughter to have a good view, but you don’t make it hard for a professional to do their work, or get any other person in the crowd to move. If the girl’s view was obstructed I was going to offer that she stand beside me. There was a large gap and the people behind were taller than her so it really wouldn’t have been an issue. I was at one point told to move out of someone’s view. I kept being repetitively tapped on my sides. I did move but I ran out of room to shuffle along to. So I moved back to where I was before being touched. I was only going to spend two minutes at that spot anyway.

I realise now how anxious I was that day. As I was walking to Pitt St Mall I was almost colliding with people at the pedestrian walk, and I knew that was clumsier than usual. So, by the time I gave up on taking photos from down the front and thought I’d try and see if I could take some photos behind Megan and get the crowd in the photo, I started to politely ask people to move so I could leave. Some did but the ones in the middle seemed to be catatonic so I had to weave my way through them. Then I lost my footing and fell onto someone and stepped on their foot and they let out this animal groan and started to shake me. Really, it was the most difficult crowd to be in. Either in this type of music scene people don’t have the same etiquette as those in the rock and punk scene. We look after each other.  We don’t tell people to move – unless you’re a professional photographer – in that case we ask politely and promise to only be there for a few songs – or even make a big deal when they accidentally tread on your toes. I know that because I’ve done it a lot of times. I was treated as though I did it on purpose.

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Anyway, Megan was great. I forget most of her set list. I should probably buy her album or something. More photos can be found at Lost Through the Len’s Facebook page or at The Dwarf’s website. If you like my photos then maybe you want to ‘like’ my page on Facebook so you can see more photos like that in the future. You can even request a gig for me to take photos at. If you want me to take photos of your band then contact me for a quote.

So, who am I going to shoot next?

Lost Through the Lens

A Few Thoughts On My Photography

Hey there! Welcome to the new home of LTTL’s thoughts and maybe I’ll put a few sample photographs up here as well. The only reason I’m moving my blog here is I just find WordPress so much easier to navigate and check my stats on.  This page is going to be a bit messy for a while but then I’ll put up a nice header and make my writing a bit more formal. I haven’t read a book in a long time.

I grew up in Nowra on the NSW South Coast and was most active as a band photographer in the Wollongong/Sydney hardcore scene a few years back. These days I take photos of musicians who played in bands when I was a kid, and some bands I started to get into in my late teen years. Really, I’m honored to be taking photos of those artists I grew up listening to on Triple J and getting a chance to take photos of international (emo) rock-punk bands is always a great accomplishment. Plus I know most of their songs.

I haven’t been getting a lot of feedback from taking photos of those bands as I expected, which confuses me because I think they’re huge. But I also think Facebook has made me addicted to collecting ‘likes’ from just anybody when really the type of feedback I should be getting is from the true fans of those bands, or just people who really know about photography. Since departing the rock-punk-hardcore (coughsemocough) scene those types of people have been hard to come by.

But I made peace recently with only getting access to a very small number of musicians and those were the ones I knew from Triple J who are older now and willing to give a young photographer a chance, after the website I shot for called The Dwarf stopped sending out e-mails of bands I could apply to shoot for them. I pretty much lost hope that they would ever come back so I applied for another website. Then The Dwarf was re-born and got me into an international show. It was Anberlin by the way; a band that I had lost all hope in photographing because over the years I just kept missing out on that photo pass. The website I applied for never got back to me by the way. Maybe they will one day but it hardly matters anymore because I’m a Dwarftographer now. Yeah. I do refer to myself as that.

I’ve been shooting a lot of gigs recently and I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the way I take photos. I take photos of musicians who I know or have seen a lot and picked up a lot about their personality. When I take photos of them what I’m really looking for is a photo that says to me ‘that’s a really Davey Lane shot.’ This may be very hard for me to explain because I have to convert the pictures in my head to words and that’s not my default programming.

I think since I knew The Hot Lies I’ve always wanted to take photos that showed a part of their personality in those photos. The first time I ever got the idea to do this was when I saw a photo of Pete Wood that his girlfriend took. When I looked at that photo it was just like I was looking at Pete. The personality was there, the posture, everything – it was the Pete I knew – oh, at that point it was the Pete I wanted to know. So, I started to take photos like this especially when I took photos of Davey Lane. I would look at other photographer’s photos of him and think ‘nah, that’s not Davey.’ I got a bit cocky about it. Then I started to capture his mannerisms, or sneakily shoot while he was talking in between songs as instead of just while he was singing. I wasn’t always quick enough. I tried the same thing with Darren Middleton. I was still too slow, but then when I got to go to an intimate Tim Rogers gig I nailed those photos. I got personality, mannerisms, emotional faces and action photos.

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Tim Rogers at Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul. For more photos check out http://www.thedwarf.com.au. I also think he looks like Matt Smith in this picture. Yes, I kind of miss him as Doctor Who. I actually told Tim he could be Doctor Who.

Then I got thinking, this is great, but I probably couldn’t get the same results during a 3 songs/no flash shoot, but when I photographed Anberlin I did get one emotional picture of singer Stephen Christian. In all that chaos of ten photographers’s pressing up to the front of stage in the photo pit and me frantically switching from different lenses to just get one good shot, I stood back with the longest and heaviest lens and I got a moment.

Stephen Christian of Anberlin gazes in amazement at the 1000 fans cheering his band on, on Anberlin's Final World Tour and final gig in Sydney.
Stephen Christian of Anberlin gazes in amazement at the thousands of fans cheering his band on, on Anberlin’s Final World Tour and final gig in Sydney.

So, it is possible. I would love to get another chance to practice my shooting skills at those 3 songs shows. My friends go to them all the time and their photos are just fantastic. I like the little photographer circle we were sitting in each time our three songs were up and we quickly scrolled through our photos to see if they were ok. Usually, I go solo at gigs at meet a few fans of the band or I might have a chat with the band, depending on who they are. It’s so good to talk about cameras and photography without someone giving me an odd look or saying ‘I hardly know anything about it’ – that’s pretty much all we talked about.

Currently I’m on a small break from taking photos but I may go out and photograph Megan Washington in Pitt St Mall on Sunday. I like having a break because for at least a week I was doing nothing but editing and uploading photos. Even when I still had loads of photos to edit I would go to more gigs thus adding more photos to my already overwhelming list of band photos to edit. On the other hand I’m a person that can adapt to a situation that was different and want to stay there forever, so I kind of want to get out there again.

Next year I’m going to stop giving freebies to bands and as long as I continue to shoot for The Dwarf on other sites my galleries will be cut back a bit. It’s just very time consuming to put up 60-80 photos on several different sites, and I’m really trying to earn some cash from my photography. I don’t work for money yet (a few live shoots here and there) and I want to turn my photography into more of a business than hobby, otherwise I will probably ever work. The type of person I am wants to work but I want to do something I’m passionate about. No one has ever given me a chance to work and I never wanted to work those jobs and they knew – well, the photography jobs I really did want – so I never got the jobs. I’m going to be making my own business cards to shower the streets with too. Or maybe just hand out to hopeful people at gigs who wanna have a looky at the photos I took of their favourite band.

So, I guess that’s it for the first post of my new blog. Hopefully I’ll get to some gigs soon and share some photos. And I promise you I will start reading books again so I can start writing like a physicist from the 1950s again. At least a magazine.

Here’s a link to my old blog in case you wanted to see a few more photos or read some more ramblings.

Oh and Lost Through the Lens on Facebook has stacks of photo galleries so make sure you check it out. You can ‘like’ the page or not – no big deal.

– Lost Through the Lens