Find out more about The Subways here.
At the beginning of 2015 I started seeing this portrait appearing online
accompanying news of The Subways latest album release and promotional
European tour. To say I was pleased it got used by the band as much
as it did is a massive understatement! Seeing it being used by such
a multitude of publications online and in print including Q Magazine
and Kerrang! is amazing for me and the fact that my name was included
so many times has been a real help raising my own profile a bit.
The photo was taken backstage at Concorde 2 before their show last year
(as featured in FEATURED
#1). I manipulated the poster background a bit by layering several
shots to give it a more distinctive 'look'. This is the full format
image to allow space for any text or custom crops a magazine or website
wanted to make. Usually the crops were standard 3:2 ratio or square
but I've seen 2:3 portrait crops too. It's quite a versatile image that
also works well tonally as a black and white portrait too.
This image above is a compilation of two shots taken immediately after
each other on a right to left sweep of the stage. The split is in between
Charlotte and Josh. This, and the next set of photos below, were taken
during their headline show at Camden Rocks 2014. If you want to find
out more about this excellent festival I've written a few words with
photos on page 6.
One of my major highlights so far in 2015 was to be invited to photograph
their London show at Shepherds Bush Empire, the final gig in their 2
month long, 42 date, European tour promoting the release of their self
titled album. I was given free reign to shoot the whole show, and from
side of stage too, so it was really cool having time to pick my shots
and see the show from a different viewpoint. The Shepherds Bush Empire
is a venue I have always wanted to photograph in (I love the look of
old theatres with galleries and private boxes) so it was a fantastic
experience for me, one I'll never forget.
With access to the side of stage I decided it was an ideal opportunity
to create a large scale composite image. My aim was to try capture the
scale of the venue, the enthusiasm of the band's loyal fans, the constant
onstage movement and a view not always seen from an audience perspective.
This included seeing Billy and Josh's Dad who is the drum tech, normally
hidden behind Charlotte's bass cabs! I used 29 photos to create this
image, deciding on shots of each band member overlaid to try to show
the dynamism in their performance.
Here are some more shots from a simply awesome evening. I loved every
second! For more info on The Subways and to get yourself their latest
(brilliant) album visit their website www.thesubways.net.
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