Friday, Saturday then Sunday, 3 days to demonstrate the wide range of my work;
First, Friday and a pleasant trip with my “mobile studio” to North London to visit Dimitri Kennaway; a pianist and composer. The aim was to produce a set of portraits for use on his new website and also his social media sites (Facebook etc). We started in the music room with Dimitri playing his own works and Rachmaninov whilst we chatted and I set up lighting, reflectors and started shooting.
After we were happy we had finished in the Music Room, we moved into the garden where the afternoon light was lovely for some more informal shots.
So from peaceful Rachmaninov in the music room to the noise and confusion that was the Anti-Cuts march on Saturday.
Between a quarter and a half a million marching through London is huge news. The problem was we all knew it would get hijacked and there would be violence and once there is this level of violence the media will be dominated by images of this over the peaceful rally. My plan was to stick totally with the peaceful rally which was sort of limiting my outlet before I start but I am not an expert on shooting violence and to be honest I did not really want to put myself or my camera in harms way.
I started off at the head of the rally at 11:30 for the start..
Brendan Barber at the head of the march
My usual plan is then to move with the rally, gradually dropping back but this was so long (I understand it took over four hours for the tail to cross the start line) that this was not really an option so I moved along to Whitehall (near Downing Street) and stayed there allowing the march to pass me always keeping an eye out for interesting banners and sights. In hindsight this was probably not the best place to stay but it did also fit in with my overall plan to file about 2pm before heading back out. Although the mood was very jovial and good natured, there were a couple of pockets where the mood changed distinctly and although all the police I dealt with on the day were good natured and helpful, there was always a hint of what was to come if you looked for it..
Police Riot helmets
I headed off about 1:30 to file my shots and just as the last one uploaded, I received a tweet that mentioned the HSBC bank had been attacked at Cambridge Circus; only 2 minutes walk from where I was. I hurried over to photograph the aftermath (being sure that that perpetrators would have moved on). What caught my eye was that only 3 or 4 minutes after the trouble had left, with the building still protected by Police in riot gear, a que had formed for the cash machine as though nothing had happened.
As the march had now moved on I decided to call it a day. A selection of images for sale may be seen here..
Sunday and it was back to The Brighton Centre to photograph Elbow. This was one of the nicest gigs I have photographed in a while. The low central walkway brought Guy Garvey (the lead singer) out in to the audience giving us a chance for some nice shots…
Elbow / Guy Garvey
Whilst the lights made things interesting on stage…
Elbow / Guy Garvey
A selection of Elbow images may be seen here..
A more contrasting 3 days I do not think I have had…