I just realized I’m rather fond of photographing at really peculiar hours. A dawn shoot is somewhat understandable, but late nights are an oddity. Except if you’re into rock photography, like I am.
It all started with me having an awakening about music. This happened relatively late in my life, while I was a university student, to be more exact. Most people start listening to certain bands at a very early age, but I never really had a favourite band when I was a teenager. But when I got to know some people who were into music, bands and gigs, I got drawn in. Add into the mix a few new semi-professional & professional musician friends (I know more bassists than is probably healthy for anyone) and I’ve had a really enlightening past 15 or so years.
Once I found a few bands I really liked (Nightwish was among the first ones that I can call myself a fan of), I started to save up some money for concerts. As a uni student it wasn’t always possible to go to all the gigs I would’ve wanted to, but as soon as I got a frequent paycheck, some of my money was always spent on music.
And I’d always take my camera with me. A tiny little pocket Canon at first, then, a bridge model Canon. The shots that I got with that started to get some positive feedback and once I got my first DSLR, oh my. A new world!
I consider myself lucky in the sense that I had made friends with a person who eventually asked if I’d like to write articles and shoot photos for an online rock mag she herself was volunteering with. Sure! Not only does this volunteering give me a chance to hear some new music before it hits the stores, but also it does give me the occasional accreditation for a gig. And that, I can tell you, has been ridiculously cool. Besides, since I love writing, photography and music, can there be a better thing to do than to assist a rock mag with some article writing and gig shots?
In other words, that’s something I love to do and I’m planning on incorporating some gig report type posts here as well. But this time around, the shots are from past gigs of some of my favourite bands. Expect to see more of them later.