As I’m a lover of music, it’s not surprising that I shoot performances.
It’s actually how I started out with photography in the late 90s. I was living in London and I started taking a rather primitive digital camera to gigs. It was only later that I realised just how difficult it is to take photos in such a dynamic environment. Light levels are constantly changing, you don’t want to get in the way of the audience (or vice versa) and the performers themselves are constantly moving. You have to concede that you have no control and work with the challenges thrown at you.
Performance photography can be incredibly infuriating but it’s also enormously satisfying to capture the essence of a special moment on stage.
As a music fan, it still startles me when my camera opens some door that enables me to meet and interact with some of my musical heroes.