Ricochet Pete CD Launch

Live Show, Photos

I had never seen Fresh Kills before saturday night. What was I doing with my life? Such an energetic performance that set a cracking pace for the rest of the night.

I’m ashamed to say I’d never seen my friend Jess’ band The Villenettes before. Fast, bluesy, punk with a riot girl feel; it’s what I’m all about.

And of course the headline act did not disappoint. There was a clamour of photographers by this point of the evening, so after snapping a few shots, I put the lens-cap on, found myself a spot at the back of the room, and enjoyed the show.

This venue is great for lighting. As long as you’re not on the side of the stage. Those band members were severely neglected by me. The hyper-active bands helped me develop my technique quick to capture fast movement. Sorry ISO, it’s all about fast-shutter speeds for me.

I’m still grasping the un-written rules about concert photography etiquette. I was there with the bands’ permission, but shooting for myself. There were about 4 other photographers there on the night. The audience was not getting a front-row spot, or even a clean view as photographers and videographers stood up in the front or even climbed about on stage. I know that not using flash is a well-known rule, but at what point should you classify your very presence as an interruption?

 

 

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Alison Coppe @ The Grace Emily

Live Show, Photos

This was my first outing to purposefully add to my portfolio. My friend Alison was happy to oblige.

After entering the room, I immediately dreaded the shots I’d come away with. The stage was so dimly lit, it was lucky I got a shot at all. I tried, despite the intrusion factor, to use flashes. A couple of them came of really well, but I think if I have to shoot here again, I’ll use a much faster lens, talk to the lighting desk to see if they’ve got any more juice, or even go early and rig something of my own.

Alison will be playing at the Adelaide Feast Festival in November.

Music Video inspired by Austin Nightlife

Music Video

When asked if I’d be interested in making a music video for Barossa Valley blues singer, Kelly Menhennett, I said what I always say, that I’d have a listen and think about it. In three minutes I was back on the phone.

I love this song and it reminded me straight away of the feeling of being in Austin at night. The uncrisp sounds, the texture of the light, and the sight of buskers everywhere. Luckily for me, the singer related straight away; she had recorded the album in Nashville.

Although the song is about desire, we steered that meaning to focus on music and featured our home-town of Adelaide in all the weird ways we love it.