Well I’ve finally had time to sit down and finish the pictures from Saturday night and Sunday, I just need to post them all on Facebook and my work is done.
I loved taking the pictures, going to the gigs, meeting some of the artists and enjoying the atmosphere in the venues, but I was not so keen on having to leave so many gigs 1/2 way through so I could catch more bands and having to drive meant spending more time sober in pubs than I have since coming of age.
All the shoots were technically challenging and all for different reasons, too dark, too crowded, bands that won’t stand still and lead singers that don’t open their eyes. Given all that I’m more than happy with the results and I think the whole set of photos gives a real insight in to the feel of the festival and what it was like to be there.
I do need to thank a lot of people, first of all everyone from the committee who were at the gigs helping me get access, being introduced as the official photographer helps smooth things out with the venue and artists.
Secondly the venues and artists, for a pub to have someone rush in push to the front of a gig and then rush out with out buying a drink must be a little annoying, but my welcome everywhere was excellent. For the band having someone moving about during the set and then leaving early must be distracting, in my defence I never left willingly and would have love to have stayed.
Thirdly a big thank you to the audience, not one complaint or harsh word from anyone I stood in front of, stood on, tripped up, hit with a camera bag, hit with a lens or nudged out of the way in an effort to get somewhere quickly. I tried my hardest to be invisible, but know I failed some of the time.
Lastly a big thank you to Caz and Trevor, from Wednesday they put up with me flying out of the house before meals, after meals, and even during meals, dragging them to gigs and then running off for hours and then coming back to drag them off to another gig.