It’s been a few weeks since my last blog posting so it seemed like a good time to update you all on what we’ve been up to over at Imaging Towers. I thought it might be worth looking back over the last few months of what has been a busy period with no shortage of surprises and new developments.
I’ve shot some amazing gigs but the biggest change for me has been the development of my #Holyrood 100 project but also the increase of the photojournalistic element of the work I’m putting out. In lots of ways gig photography is not that different from photojournalism, it’s about capturing a moment and putting that moment into context and helping the viewer feel they were there. Scotland is a great place for any photojournalist and that’s why I’m working so hard to expand this area of the business. Well-crafted, original and crisp images are essential in live music but also in photojournalism so expect to see more and more images in this field over the coming months.
What about gigs-well biggest surprise of the last few weeks was a haunting performance from Clint Mansell whose combination of classical music with fantastic visuals proved to be my surprise gig of the year. You can read the excellent review from ‘The Skinny’ here:
I’ve also pulled together a few of my favourite images from the year so far which can be see here.
Now I don’t normally do politics – this is a photography blog not a soapbox but I do want to give a huge shout out to Kezia Dugdale. Politicians come in for a lot of criticism for being out of touch with real people! Well I dropped a cheeky tweet to Kezia wanting access at the Scottish Labour Conference and not only did she reply directly but she was as good as her word! Since then the Labour party have used a number of images from me in their election campaign and if you follow Kezia on Twitter, which I’d recommend, look out for a cheeky little headshot from yours truly for her profile image! Anyone creative will tell you that the hardest part is knowing if our work is any good! Little acts like that really help give some confidence that maybe we’re on the right track! – Thanks Kezia!
For anyone with an interest in photography generally I also wanted to recommend tow great books that I’ve been reading this month. First up is Magnum Contact Sheets. Possibly the most famous photographic agency in the world Magnum has opened up it’s archive to show not just the finished image but also the contact sheets showing some of the shot’s that didn’t make it. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the thought process of some of the greatest photographers to have ever lived.
Secondly a truly beautiful book, La Strada: Italian Street Photography which features Italian street photography from the 1940’s to the 1970’s and includes stunning imagery from some if Italy’s lesser known photographers. Great inspiration for anyone with an interest in Street Photography.
So what’s coming up? Well despite the freezing weather in Scotland today spring and summer are coming an so the Festival Season will be kicking in and once again we’ll be shooting at some of the biggest festivals of the season bringing you the sights of artists but also the festivals themselves. Combine that with a spotify playlist and you can enjoy the summer season without need for wellies or a tent!
I’m also working hard on creating content for our new you tube channel and vlog. Combine that with a ground breaking training course for aspiring music photographers that will be delivered online and it’s going to be a very busy and exciting few months.