So it’s that time of year when almost everyone looks back at what sort of year they have had and us photographers are no different.  We all have low points and high points in the year, times when you wonder why you should bother getting out with your camera and times when your passion just seems to be so overpowering you wonder how ever you would cope with out a camera in your hand.

The beginning of this year for me was a bit of a worry, wondering if I had enough kit to carry on photographing live music and festivals due to the burglary I had suffered . I thought quite a few times of just forgetting it all but the thought of never standing in a press pit again at a gig or festival just kept me going and this year turned out to be a bloody good one.

 

“I have probably photographed over 200 artists at over 30 venues, covered festivals such as Africa Oye, Fusion Festival and Bluedot Festival, exhibited my work at Shout About it Live (a music festival and festival of music photography) and was asked to speak at Hull International Photography Festival.”

I have been lucky enough to photograph some big names such as Billy Ocean,  Flaming Lips, Future Islands, Gary Numan, The Chemical Brothers, Echo and the Bunnymen,  Frank Turner, Clean Bandit, James Arthur, Jess Glynne, The Vamps, Shawn Mendes, Zara Larsson, Travis and Jeff Lynnes ELO.

Even with the above names I still get exactly the same buzz when setting off to smaller venues and so called smaller artists as I do when setting off to the bigger arenas and so called bigger artist and that’s because I just love live music.

I was lucky In September to be able to order the Fujifilm X-T3 and it arrived on the 20th September the launch date and I can openly say here and now that this camera is awesome for what I do and I have my 50-140 f2.8 permanently attached to it. I will have to try and hire the new 200 f2 at some stage as at some arenas we have to shoot from the sound desk so would be interested to see how that beast performs.

If I was to pick just three highlights from 2018 this would be my own personal top three :-

At Number Three, The Friday Saturday and Sunday I spent in August at Shout About It Live not just photographing some great live music but also exhibiting some of my gig photography there and chatting to some awesome gig photographers, I was in heaven honestly. Big Thanks to Georgia and all the gang at Shout About It U.K. and all the lovely photographers and artist I met there.

At Number Two would be Bluedot Festival, I would highly recommend this four day festival to anybody remotely interested in Music and Science.  Held under the shadow of Jodrell Bank  Radio Telescope it’s a stimulation of the senses and not just the music senses. Big thanks to the two Peters from Getintothis for letting me cover this festival even though they had me rushing from stage to stage in blistering heat all three days I bloody loved it and hope to be back next year.

And pop pickers at Number one we have Hull International Photography Festival or HIPfest 2018. Anyone looking at going any sort of photography festival really should have this at the top of the list. The passion and just sheer enjoyment of photography is what this festival is all about. Some great speakers, inspiring exhibitions and a social side that just can’t be bettered anywhere. Im not going to name names about the great photographers they had there this year both exhibiting and speaking because I want you to research what HIPFest is all about and learn about what you might miss next year if you don’t bother going. What I want to do though is thank Matt Hart for believing in me and giving me the chance to speak at such a great international photography event (I hope I didn’t bore anyone) I also want to thank all the people I met there and my fellow Fujiholics who helped in the planning, encouragement, banter, drinking and just for being lovely people. Special thanks go to Alan Raw,  Sophie Duffill, Lee Glasgow,  Matt  Walkley, ClaireArmitage, Richard Waine, Barry Mee, and everybody else who was there .

So that’s it really the end of another photographic year for me. I’m already looking forward to 2019 and what it will bring.

I want to wish everybody a happy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.