Haim @ Leeds Met SU

HaimLeeds Met, Dec 2013

Haim (it’s pronounced Hime – not Hame – apparently) are fast becoming with of the standout artists of the year. Having won the BBC sound of 2013, they’ve heavily toured debut album Days Are Gone, as well as putting in several notable festival appearances. Their hard work has resulted in plenty of radio airtime, and a sold out UK tour. They’ve very much lived up to the Haip (sorry..).

As ever, I was a little apprehensive about photographing at Leeds Met, for exactly the same reason I was apprehensive about shooting Peace. Haim had really tough lighting at Leeds Festival. Sadly this time round my fears were justified. There was a rig of bright white spotlights across the back of the stage that were almost continually pointing on the front row and consequently the photographers. The direct light was so intense that my camera really struggled to focus on anything, and I struggled to even see anything. I was a chubby, photograhin’ rabbit caught up in some big-ass headlights. Thankfully this occasionally died down to allow me to get my shots, but then things went to the opposite extreme – a dull blue haze.

There were patches in between where the light was good enough to get some decent frames, but these were pretty random. Sometimes you know when the decent light is coming as it often matches the rhythm of the music, but tonight wasn’t one of those nights. Instead, I had to spray and prey. Thankfully my subject for the evening were great to shoot – Danielle and Alana throwing their hair all over the place, and Este’s now infamous ‘bass face’ gave us plenty to cover – when the lights were on.

Couple of comedy moments during the first three songs when Alana halted proceedings to remonstrate with ‘Tom’ in the crowd, who had pelted her with “water”. Este too was subject to missiles, but in the form of a fanatic front-rower’s jacket, complete with iPhone in the pocket. This was duly returned to the embarrassed onlooker.

Probably the highlight of the evening for me was when Este decided to come right to the edge of the stage and ‘bass face’ at the crowd. Thankfully I was stood right infront of her (I very nearly got a vintage Fender Jazz Bass headstock in my face) so I fired of a bunch of shots. She was beyond the reach of the stage lights so I really had to crank the ISO to over 8000 (god bless the 5D markIII), but I managed to get a few frames that I was pretty happy with.

Despite the tough lighting it was a great gig to shoot, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Este, Danielle and Alana on an academy tour next year.Their hard work has resulted in plenty of radio airtime, and a sold out UK tour. They’ve very much lived up to the Haip (sorry..).

As ever, I was a little apprehensive about photographing at Leeds Met, for exactly the same reason I was apprehensive about shooting Peace. Haim had really tough lighting at Leeds Festival. Sadly this time round my fears were justified. There was a rig of bright white spotlights across the back of the stage that were almost continually pointing on the front row and consequently the photographers. The direct light was so intense that my camera really struggled to focus on anything, and I struggled to even see anything. I was a chubby, photograhin’ rabbit caught up in some big-ass headlights. Thankfully this occasionally died down to allow me to get my shots, but then things went to the opposite extreme – a dull blue haze.

There were patches in between where the light was good enough to get some decent frames, but these were pretty random. Sometimes you know when the decent light is coming as it often matches the rhythm of the music, but tonight wasn’t one of those nights. Instead, I had to spray and prey. Thankfully my subject for the evening were great to shoot – Danielle and Alana throwing their hair all over the place, and Este’s now infamous ‘bass face’ gave us plenty to cover – when the lights were on.

Couple of comedy moments during the first three songs when Alana halted proceedings to remonstrate with ‘Tom’ in the crowd, who had pelted her with “water”. Este too was subject to missiles, but in the form of a fanatic front-rower’s jacket, complete with iPhone in the pocket. This was duly returned to the embarrassed onlooker.

Probably the highlight of the evening for me was when Este decided to come right to the edge of the stage and ‘bass face’ at the crowd. Thankfully I was stood right infront of her (I very nearly got a vintage Fender Jazz Bass headstock in my face) so I fired of a bunch of shots. She was beyond the reach of the stage lights so I really had to crank the ISO to over 8000 (god bless the 5D markIII), but I managed to get a few frames that I was pretty happy with.

Despite the tough lighting it was a great gig to shoot, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Este, Danielle and Alana on an academy tour next year.