I’m not usually a fan of the Metalcore genre. For the most part, it’s raucous nature and somewhat pretentious technical stylings leaves me scratching my head. It sounds like each individual band member is playing a different song.
But I wanted to photograph such a gig and in the end, I was pleasantly surprised with Poison The Well’s set which was injected with melody throughout. I will definitely be checking out some of their discography as frankly, I really liked what I heard tonight.
I’ve shot a couple of times now at the Corner Hotel so I pretty much knew what to expect.
An hour or so before the main act, I went for a brief walk through the room and took some practice shots to get a feel for the limited lights so I could set the right exposure on the camera.
Tonight there was a dedicated photo-pit and I was unsure if the bouncers would let us shoot through the whole set – or we’d get a limited amount of time. At the recent Deathstars show, the pit was all of half-a-foot deep – which made it practically impossible to work in. Thankfully tonight, I had a bit more room to maneuver.
We were granted about 4 songs before the bouncers moved us on, but I managed to stand at the side of the stage and continued to shoot unabated.
I am starting to feel like a bit of a rock photog veteran at times. I am seeing familiar fellow photographers at shows who for the most part – are some of the nicest bunch of blokes (& gals) one could meet. It is always fun trading war stories and I am always eager to hear how a fellow photog does his thing. I’m like a sponge soaking up as much knowledge and tips as I could get.