I’d better update before the festival season kicks in and I’ll have far too many images in a short time!
One big news is that not only the BURNING HEAD site is online but our first music video, Coffee Machine by Born Dressed, is online! We have received already a lot of great feedback and feel free to give you opinion on here. There should be a launch party soon, watch this space (or my Twitter account here). This was shot in part at the Brixton Dogstar, a really cool and stylish bar with the nicest staff. It is starring Roxy Velvet and of course Paul Gravity the man behind Born Dressed (and ex M.A.S.S. & Hey Gravity!).
Burning Head is the brainchild of Franck Trebillac and myself, adding video production to our respective creative bows. More work in progress including another music video and a fashion video clip, hopefully all online mid July.
Recent shows covered were Brian Jonestown Massacre, Pennywise supported by Strike Anywhere, and Liars all on different days at Shepherds Bush Empire, Roses Kings Castles the new project of Adam Ficek (ex-Babyshambles) at the Chapel of St Barnabas and the new queen of Pop, Lady Gaga at the O2 Arena shot from the furthest we’ve ever been placed at the O2 so far, upstairs on the opposite side, that was a nice collection of huuuge lens on display during Telephone and Brown Eyes.
A great clear sky without a single plane, I’m getting used to it! Living precisely under the approach route to Heathrow I am used to see and hear planes every 10 minutes (passing right over the velux over our bed, I wish I hadn’t seen Donnie Darko). So it is actually quite nice to experience what it’s like to have no plane at all, I suppose from tomorrow it’s over. Well, it’s a nice compensation for having had my flight canceled anyway! Last time I went to France a Eurostar got stuck under the Channel so we got stuck home a few more days, now it’s a Volcano, what’s next I wonder?
Latest music sights were from a double bill last week, starting at the good old 100 Club with the Joe Perry Project playing an intimate show after their “Have Guitar, Will Travel” tour. And before The Aerosmith tour. Sorry to the few people I got in the way of for a few songs while I shot the 3 firsts, although I was almost front row until a Ross Halfin popped up in front of me at the sound of the first chord, giving the challenge to avoid getting him and his camera in all of my frames. Anyway it’s always nice to chat with the audience in such conditions to compensate from being all squashed, you know who you are .
The Joe Perry Project at the 100 Club 13 April 2010
And as if it wasn’t enough I ran to the Borderline to catch the set of Sorry And The Sinatras headlining a punk night there, good set. I did a bit of video too, just a quickie though so it is a bit rough, I might post that sometimes when I find the time to edit.
Sorry And The Sinatras at The Borderline, April 13 2010
Now for the very awaited exhibition, Images En Sc√®ne is this very weekend at La Roche Posay in France near Poitiers, my hometown, where 50 of my prints will be presented. Check out all the details of this great event on the following link, it will features some great music photography as well as live shows, so if you’re around come and visit!
Festival Images En Scene, Music Photography at La Roche Posay this very weekend!
Marianne Taylor! It is rare that I deviate from the music photography subject on here but hey a wedding is more than an exception to any rule. As I said on my last post I just got married and the special day was documented by Marianne, assisted by Susanna Hauru and Carolyn and I are very grateful for their great work!
Here is a sample image but check Marianne’s blog and if you are looking for a wedding photographer with real talent and style you know where to look! And thanks to Kat from www.rocknrollbride.com for her great blog full of inspiration (and through which we found Marianne), oh and to feature our big day as well .
Three awesome days that can only be appreciated with the total lack of sleep that goes with it, as after work there are drinks and after drinks there is… editing of course. Expect some hectic updates on the Hard Rock Calling festival backstage coverage, if I manage to go through the thousands of images before the next gig (crossing fingers for Madonna). But for the time being, The Boss of all who Rock, not a single little pause in over 3 hours of intense performance, huge respect to Mr Springsteen!!
Bruce Springsteen backstage at Hard Rock Calling 2009, London June 28 2009
I forgot to update last week with the latest shots, a mix of genre starting with American pianist Robert Levin, rehearsing for his performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall. It was a bit surreal to be the only other person present in the venue, a bit self conscious about the sound of my shutter.
Robert Levin rehearsing in Queen Elizabeth Hall - 30 May 2009
After enjoying a nice meal on a sunny Southbank terrace (that was like the sunniest day of the year so far) I went for my second assignment, another rehearsal/soundcheck of Paris based Vietnamese singer Huong Thanh with Hong Nguyen on sen luth, zither and percussion, and Xuan Vinh Phuoc on moon lute, nhi and monochord.
Huong Thanh at the Purcell Room, Southbank center - 30 May 2009
Followed by a nice and lazy end of afternoon enjoying the sun on a deck chair in front of the Foyle’s astroturf terrace, brilliant . Next day was for something completely different again: John Barrowman performing at the Royal Albert Hall!
John Barrowman at the Royal Albert Hall - 1st June 2009
I have a feeling the next few entries will be a bit more, er.. metal. Stay tuned .
The Loudpixels site just went through a complete change of layout. I decided to simplify to the essential, so you can find what you want as fast as you can. In the old site the archive was terrible and seriously needed update, the archive is now a long patchwork of thumbnails where you are one click away from any of my galleries. I also updated the A to Z band index for a much clearer version.
The next step is now for me to finish the new portfolio gallery (only started populating the images there), as well as the portraits archive, all this coming soon. Feel free to give some feedback as well as letting me know of any bug: I’d better know quick if it looks terrible on some browsers!