Some sample shots from the trash zone. FLJ will have more of the band photos in the upcoming issue. If you want to get the shot you have to be there, and by that I mean be where you should, in the middle of the mayhem, closest to where the action is. Doesn't this go for more or less every thing you shoot as photographer. Robert Capa mentioned it as an obvious thing when asked how to get the best out of a scene. Shoot as wide as you can, have an understanding of what you need and what you want from the whole scene. It may not be appealing for all, but hopefully the guy who assigned you to cover whatever it may be (if for a client) did so because he likes the way you portray the scene, the music in this case. I felt I had total freedom to do my thing here and even if some rather close calls in terms of totally fucking up my gear I got what I set out to get. Glad I don't shoot hardcore gigs everyday though. These guys have their own way of getting things done at their gigs. I love the mood and total chaos at any real HardCore show.
Huge thanx for not smashing my camera to bits: CREEPOUT, SCARFACE, FIGHT IT OUT, DOGGY HOODS, SAND, SUBURBAN SCUM, NUMB, VEHEMENT SERENADE
Very cool and cozy Grind & Doom gig last night at Studio Ongaku-kan in Akihabara. especially cool being a clean gig as well, I'm a strong supporter of non-cigarette/alcohol based gigs, brings out the true nature of the experience and un-neccessary stupidity is avoided. People are crazy enough without booze and drugs.
Next to the speaker all gig, ButcherABC represent!!
Got me the Canon AE-1 (Program), 35mm film camera not that long ago. I wasn't actually going for this one but when I saw the price and the almost mint condition it was in I knew there was no way I could walk out without it. Have been shooting quite alot with this pretty small and handy EDC camera since and just love the feel of the lens, the viewfinder and winder. A super large bright and clear viewfinder and I opt for the 24mm f/2.8 lens rather than the traditional 50mm. During the years my perspective and vision has steered towards wider rather than narrower lenses. For digital 35mm DSLR a prime 35mm has proven to be the perfect match for me. Then, the funny part with this particular model from 1981 is that it has a "Program" mode. You set the lens to 'A', the speed dial to 'Program' and the Camera does the metering. A true point&shoot 35mm film camera. The beauty with film photography is that your imperfections gives credit to the image, the image has life and setting v.s developing v.s scanning produces a warm and real image that has a very human charm. The "P-mode" enables you be more stealth and fast, great for the street. Just remember to put film in before you start shooting…tell you another time…LOL!