Live music photography, or concert photography, has always been my core focus as a Brisbane photographer. It’s taken me far outside of Brisbane, too. Australia’s biggest bands have trusted me with capturing their energy on tours in cities and towns of all sizes, from capital cities to small regional towns.
The love we share for music is always at the front of mind when I am working as a music photographer. Bands work hard to make the best music they can, and then showcase that on both a grand scale and an intimate scale. Fans support bands they believe in and express themselves in ways that align to their own feelings. Music is an outlet and capturing these moments is a challenging task I couldn’t enjoy more.
Music photographers generally get three songs to capture that moment. It’s this time restraint that made me want to try my hand as being a concert photographer. The music industry has been kind enough to embrace me and my camera and allow me to capture more than those three songs. Every time I am shooting, I think about what the band needs in the images, whether they are using the photos on a poster or social media.
In 2017, I held my first photography exhibition to showcase the more intimate side of music photography. Titled, ‘No Pits, Just Pits’, I focused on displaying big bands in small venues where there was no photo pit, just energetic mosh pits full of dedicated fans. I couldn’t think of a better place to hold it than at Crowbar Brisbane over Big Sound 2017.
Whether it’s shots of huge crowds, musicians painstakingly crafting the music that brings people together, or bands expelling endless energy recreating it in real time for thousands of people, it’s music photography that keeps my passion for photography alive. Having a small part in a band’s journey enhances my love for music that little bit more.