The summer is on its way out already (although today was a peak for sun and heat!) and a summary is overdue. Here are in no particular order aÂ bunch of images and videos.
Starting with the latest video project for Burning Head which we have started shooting this week, finishing Sunday and Monday if everything goes well. The artist is Starkey and the Label is Ninja Tunes and hopefully you will see that in this page pretty soon, here is a sneak peek.
Burning Head's latest music video in the making Burning Head's latest music video in the making
I shot a making-of for EMI’s new band To Kill A King, up in Bradford, for a 4 song EP video directed by Jack King. Watch out for this as this will be awesome, I can’t wait to see the 4 videos!
Ralph from To Kill A King on the set of the My Crooked Saint video
Sneak Peek of My Crooked Saint music video(s)
Video again, I participated in shooting a fun acoustic video for Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks’ “Heart Skips a Beat”. The video was directed by Toby Lockerbie, and, apart from through my 5D, was mainly shot from GoPro cameras he set up everywhere including on the football or held by himself on top of a long pole. The sound was recorded on site, no cheating, that was really fun. Check out Toby’s excellent videos on Rizzle Kicks’ website here. The song was number ONE on iTunes for a few weeks!
Olly Murs at the acoustic video shoot
Acoustic rehearsal before the take - Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks
And the actual video:
Rizzle Kicks again with pics from the making-of of the video shoot for their single “When I was a Youngster” directed by Toby Lockerbie.
Harley from Rizzle Kicks on the set of "When I Was A Youngster" music video
Jordan from Rizzle Kicks on the set of "When I Was A Youngster" music video
And more Rizzle Kicks with a live video we shot at the Camden Barfly here as well as a part of documentary shot at Proud2 at the O2 Arena. I don’t know if and when these documentary on RK, all produced by Jim Shreim, will be online anywhere as they are currently unreleased.
Rizzle Kicks after their show at the Camden Barfly
This is getting mad and I never find time for blogging and the news are stacking up untold, that’s unless you follow my Twitter. So a short summeray and hopefully I’ll expand in the next few days with what has been going on on the Loud Pixels front.
The tour went great with the prettiest band this side of the galaxy, The Like, who rocked the stages of many cities in Europe. I am giving the final touches to the documentary edit and will hopefully be able to say where and when this is going to be broadcast. More videos as well were added with American rock band Needtobreathe as well as Punk legend WIRE playing an intimate show at The Lexington earlier this month. All this will be shown very soon in here. As well as a number of stills galleries featuring Klaxons, Warpaint, Mystery Jets, Band of Skulls, Wire, Tinchy Stryder, Amy MacDonald, Pete Lawrie, The Charlatans twice, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip twice, Shaun Ryder, Chuck Ragan, Gaslight Anthem, Maceo Parker, The Like, Detroit Social Club, Pearl and the Puppets, Liz Lawrence, Mona and Diana Vickers! Jeeez now I realise how long I haven’t updated this blog for !!! And presently getting ready to shoot Therapy? playing Troublegum at the Forum supported by Dinosaur Pile up.
On the Burning Head side, our music videos Calculus (Stretta) and The Emancipation (Tricil) are entered in the London Short Film Festival 2011 and are presently both in the top 3 of the Shooting People November movie of the month judged by triple Palme d’Or nominee director Michael Winterbottom, but more importantly we received 3 awards for The Emancipation, one in the US (Jamfest indy film festival) and two in London at the Renderyard Film Festival, good times! We’re accepting propositions for new music videos so get in touch via www.burninghead.co.uk!
And as per usual, working on some very exciting new things, that I’ll probably too easily not find time to blog about but will try anyway.
But for now en route vers de nouvelles aventures.
Z Berg of The Like, backstage in Hamburg - Oct. 2010
A series of new work here to start the week with an update.
Some live first with L.A.’s all girl band The Like performing two brilliant shows in London. The first at the Institute of Contemporary Art which we filmed and the series of clips will be very soon on the Loud Pixels Live collection. Here is a teaser with the song “Why When Love Is Gone”.
The next night they were playing in the cosy Islington pub and trendy venue the Old Queen’s Head.
The Like at the Old Queen's Head, London, Sept. 16 2010
A few other images with a game of cricket in the nets of Lord’s last week where Scouting For Girls’ Roy, Greg and Peter were playing England cricket team’s Tim Bresnan and James Anderson before posing next to the authentic Ashes.
Scouting For Girls for a nets game at Lord's, London Sept. 23 2010
Scouting For Girls for a nets game with Tim Bresnan and James Anderson at Lord's, London Sept. 23 2010
And finally the party given by Run DMC’s Rev Run for the launch of his Foot Locker RUN NYC collection. DJs at this Aqua Kyoto party included Rev Run, Mark Ronson and Tim Westwood, all joined by a great crowd including Shingai Shoniwa from Noisettes, Paloma Faith, Keisha Buchanan, Jamelia, Roisin Murphy and more.
Keisha Buchanan at Rev Run's party, London Sept 21 2010
Mark Ronson at Rev Run's party, London Sept 21 2010
Like most photographers I always know all my publications when I receive my monthly sales statement, in my case from Getty Images, and at that time all the papers and magazine concerned are far form the newsagent. I actually tried once to list a few of the main recent ones and went to a big library to search for a bit of tearsheets. But seems like the statement dates are not quite exactly the correct ones and I didn’t want to have that chap at the library spend the day in the archives just for me so I just end up rarely see the shots. So it’s always nice to hear from a friend who saw an image in a broad paper like today’s Guardian with my shot of Lady Gaga so thanks Andy for the info and have fun at The Big Chill!
My Lady Gaga in today's Guardian
And soon some news about a dozen of live videos and an extension of Loud Pixels!
Some more projects are already in the oven on the BH side. But some video actions are up as well on the Loudpixels collection and a new dedicated page should be added pretty soon. For the time being you can watch the two videos of CONVERGE performing at ULU on July 16th as well as Pulled Apart By Horses performing at Camden Crawl a couple month ago in London. These have been seen thousands of times and add yourself to the viewers and spread the links!
Great summer so far for UK, splendid weather and hot festivals, well until today that is but I’m sure the sun will be back. Now I did it again, not updating regularly and there was quite a lot of action since last time so it will be another quick summary.
Last big news was the first Burning Head produced music video, we now have just finished our second video! This was a commission for the Mancunian electronica label Clear Notice, on a track called Emancipation from the talented electronica artist Tricil (Atlanta, USA). We can’t show it online for a while but this will be part of a very original release pretty soon so more on this later – there should be some kind of preview online in the www.burninghead.co.uk site soon. The video features Miss Maleficent Martini, the front-woman of the band Maleficent, and she is a truly talented dancer.
Snapshot of the new Burning Head video for Tricil "Emancipation" out soon on Clear Notice's Enter Calico
Since last updates I went photographing Dead Can Dance’s half Brendan Perry at a really nice show at the Union Chapel, it was great to hear this very familiar voice- as I have been listening to DCD a LOT, beautiful.
Brendan Perry performing at Union Chapel, London on June 10 2010
Then I left for the homeland to photograph French’s biggest metal festival, HELLFEST in Clisson near Nantes, France. This had caused many controversies provoked by a stupid minority of extremist catholics who probably thought this Hell festival was going to feature black masses, sacrifices and who knows the conception of a few antichrists? It is funny how narrow minded some people can be. Thankfully they got ridiculed in their action and the festival was really nothing but a very friendly yet very loud feast of metal. The line up was a real pleasure for the big heavy metal crowd, although the press was handled in an appalling way (or at least for photography) and the pit was invaded by half a hundred photographers of all sorts, which is nothing wrong really, if there had been a hint of organisation to ensure that the ones that are working (and there was already a lot of us) can actually work. Will give it a miss next time. My highlight was Jello Biafra who preformed a truly awesome show in the Terrorizer tent.
Alice Cooper at Hellfest, CLisson, France, 19 June 2010
Slash performing at Hellfest, CLisson, France, 19 June 2010
Motorhead performing at Hellfest, CLisson, France, 19 June 2010
Followed three busy days covering the photography in the VIP & backstage area at Hard Rock Calling 2010 (headliners Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney), another great HRC weekend ending up in gigabytes of photos from which here is a selection: Hard Rock Calling Day 1, Hard Rock Calling Day 2 and Hard Rock Calling Day 3, featuring The Hives, Gomez, Elvis Costello, Bill Wyman, Tiffany Page, James Morrison, The Chakra, Lissie, More Than Me, Alejandro Escovedo, Melissa Etheridge, Diane Birch, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Gaslight Anthem,Â Robert Francis, Rox, Joshua Radin, Crowded House, Urban Voodoo Machine, Joe Echo, Crosby Stills and Nash and the Jonas Brothers with their mate Frankmusic, pfiou.
The Hives at Hard Rock Calling 2010, Hyde Park, London, June 25 2010
Gaslight Anthem at Hard Rock Calling 2010, Hyde Park, London, June 25 2010
Bill Wyman and Micki Free performing at Hard Rock Calling 2010, Hyde Park, London, June 26 2010
Diane Birch at Hard Rock Calling 2010, Hyde Park, London, June 26 2010
Corinne Bailey Rae at Hard Rock Calling 2010, Hyde Park, London, June 26 2010
That’s all for tonight, lots of things in the pipeline, more in the next blog update!
More music photography news to tell and a lot more coming soon!
I had the chance to be invited as an exhibitor at the first edition of the new music photography festival Images En ScÃ¨ne taking place last weekend in France (La Roche Posay) alongside Francis Vernhet and Jacques Bisceglia to name a few. I had a great time, I received a very warm welcome and everyone was absolutely great. Quality exhibitions, live music, a debate on radio and lots of friendly new people met. I didn’t take my camera much with me so no images here but I’m guessing there should be images of the festival popping up on the festival site or on Flickr at some point. A big thank you to Yves Lafosse, Didier Coupeau and really everyone in the team!
My collection of 50 fine art Digigraphie prints will hopefully be seen in London soon! (and if you are interested in organising an exhibition for it get in touch).
This led to a brief appearance on French TV as you can see:
Now busy times ahead as well with the famous Camden Crawl this weekend in, well, Camden, with an average of 15 simultaneous shows at any moment in various venues I will regret I wasn’t serious enough in my morning jogging resolution this year!! So if I don’t have an heart attack before Sunday night I will post some news here but I reckon you should follow me on Twitter for up to the minute news of what is going on in front of my lenses! And of course everything will end up on my Flickr gallery very soon.
And then more coming this way for a busy May starting with Black Eyed Peas at the O2 Arena!
A maritime evening with Robyn Hitchcock with guests KT Tunstall, Graham Coxon and Katherine Williams at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last Saturday, and again this is a set for Flickr, I haven’t had time to update the LP galleries, although hmm I’m getting pretty used to simply posting on Flickr. I do wish they didn’t reduce the size and over sharpen whatever with feed them with though but hey it’s pretty convenient after all. But I’m digressing here, yes a maritime evening with songs about the sea, whales, icebergs and boat trips. A very civilised gig after the Rolo Tomassi mayhem, no bruises after the show, hehe.
Robyn Hitchcock at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London - 30 Jan 2010
Graham Coxon at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, with Robyn Hitchcock - 30 Jan 2010
KT Tunstall at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, with Robyn Hitchcock - 30 Jan 2010
And tonight a nice show at the ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, with Amy MacDonald supported by Jersey Budd. And special thanks for the light engineer, man the lighting was awesome, you should, like, do the lighting everywhere in London. Seriously
A bit less rock’n'roll than usual this update is a red carpet for Bjorn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA coming to visit the premiere of the interactive exhibition ABBAWORLD at Earls Court, along with some celeb’s stopping by for a snap before going to be entertained with Abba memorabilia and other hologram live stage attractions. So here it is to share this, in my Flickr gallery.
Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA at the ABBAWORLD premiere in Earls Court on 26 Jan. 2010