I’ve been thinking for a while that I want to do more portrait work. So far I’ve mainly been sitting round waiting for bands to sporadically get in touch for a shoot, and doing a couple of jobs a year for some local websites, but I want more. Much more.
As luck would have it, the lovely people at The Fly asked me to cover Lorelle Meets The Obsolete for the November issue of the magazine, in a ‘Ones to Watch’ feature. Something that, by it’s very nature, made the shoot an interesting challenge.
The feature is on potentially uncovered – or even unheard of – acts, meaning the ability to do heaps of research beforehand made it quite tricky. Bar a couple of songs on soundcloud, and a few live shots on Facebook, I was pretty stumped. All I knew prior to the shoot was that it was a male-female duo from Mexico who played awesome psychedelic grunge. It was a start…
The band were due to play at The Brudenell Social club as part of an all day event one Sunday afternoon, so we took this opportunity to book the shoot in at the same time. Given the band were touring europe, we didn’t have heaps of time to plan a shoot and set up an elaborate stage, instead this was going to have bto be a very simple, stripped back shoot using natural light.
Nathan who runs the Brudenell kindly pointed out the guys upon my arrival, and we arranged to do the shoot outside the venue after their set. This gave me a bit of time to scout some different locations around the ‘Brud, and I settled on three: A neutral coloured wall by the loading doors, a foliage-covered fence at the back of the venue, and a big red skip in the car park. The guys packed up their stuff and did the obligatory merch-stand schmoozing, and we cracked on.
I was aware that time was pressing on. It was about 4pm at this point and there wasn’t much left on the daylight meter, and I didn’t want to take up too much of the acts time. We fired through the three set ups in about 10 minutes. As the guys had just finished a set they were understandably disheveled, but I made no effort to suggest they rectified this – I thought it added a nice rawness to the shots, and was representative of their sound and live show.
All in all the shoot was a massive success, and I was suitably made up to see one of my portraits make the pages of one of (if not the) biggest UK new music magazine. It was certainly a landmark.