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    • At a certain phase of my photography journey, I used to shoot a lot of live music performances. I found it rewarding to enhance listening to some of my favourite bands and musicians by the attempts to capture some worthy visual representations. At first I was just carting my camera along as I attended the gigs, and later I partnered with some friendly (usually web-based) publications and shot some reportage for them in exchange for accreditation at this or that festival (never did anything important enough to undercut the job market in that area, which didn't really even exist at the time in Russia). Sometimes I mixed both of the worlds - went to a gig on my own penny but got press access in exchange for some pics of the headliners, etc.

      Some friends were wondering if trying to capture the moment detracts from the actual performance, but I have never found that to be a problem. I even found that perhaps the reverse is true - to capture a moment, you need to really tune in to what's going on, and look at it and feel everything at another level of detail and sensitivity.

      This starting picture (I hope to share a few of my favourites) was taken at a big ATP (All Tomorrows Parties) event in Minehead, UK in 2007, headlined by Portishead, a band I dearly like, who at that point didn't give any public gigs for almost 10 years. When I learned about it almost a year in advance, I panicked that tickets will be sold out and bought myself one in February (the festival itself was in December). I then almost shot myself in the foot by requesting a 6-months UK visa too early (it would have ran out before I even flew there :) ), but was saved by sympathetic UK consular official - at that point visas were actually processed in UK consulate in St.Petersburg.

      So, Portishead and of course Beth Gibbons front and center.

    • I have a deep respect for concert photographers. I used to want to be one, and did so on a few occasions. I always felt like I was in the way of the audience though and felt security's eyes burning into the back of my head because of the strict rules. Back then low light DSLRs weren't really a thing and my images were usually always blurry because I like to dance too much. ;-)

    • thank you for this post and explain. Personally i started with a band photography a few years ago for the same reason and the same method. During these few years i shooted a lot of live performances here in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem area and even outside of my country - both local bands and a populars guests.

      will follow your post to see more of your works

      the image below of the Acid Moon And The Pregnant Sun collectivei took during one of their latest performances in the Indnegev two days fest in desert.

    • will follow your post to see more of your works

      Thanks for your kind words. I'll be trying to post some more photos like this from my back catalog, and here's another one. Of course it should come with a little story.

      Some of the best experiences, including in music, are serendipitous. I have been lucky enough to attend some gigs and concerts of bands and musicians that I would never believe I have had a chance to see. For example, being a long time fan of Dead Can Dance, I was pretty certain that I'm restricted to listening to recordings. But they had a sudden reunion and a tour that, against all expectations, had a stop in St.Petersburg and I was able to snatch a ticket and listen to them live. No pictures though.

      In October 2008 I got an email through one of the local PR lists I have been subscribed to. It listed an obscure artsy festival of sorts which included talks and short gigs by various, often electronic, young bands from across the country and sometimes abroad, and also featured photo exhibitions and multimedia setups. I scanned the list of participants and have almost hit the Delete button already when something forced me to do a second take. There was a very unexpected name - Robin Guthrie. That name is a half of Cocteau Twins, the other half being Elisabeth Fraser, and the band itself being yet another huge fave of mine and I couldn't have dreamed of listening to them live, even if separated. And Robin is the guitar heart of their soundscapes. It was an amazing chance to see him weave those sounds in a very small club-like setting, and take a few pictures. One moment in particular came out so well I still count it one of my favourites within this genre, and I have named it, pretty much eponymously:

      A fleeting moment before the show begins

    • This next photo is technically quite blurry and perhaps not of the best composition. But I like it for showing how Nick Cave is an absolute beast moving on stage, and that's while being quite a large man. He's so fast that even having a side flash operational (not in this picture) has never allowed me to get a non-blurry shot when he was really on the move. I had to leave the monitors in at the bottom so that the viewer could see he's literally at least half a meter in the air here, maybe more.