I've not shot that many gigs at the Church since it opened it's doors last year. To be precise, I've only shot one. It's a very grand venue, a former nightclub built into a - you guessed it - reformed church on the edge of Leeds University grounds. With a impressive lighting rig and a huge stained glass window behind the stage, it has the potential to be a great venue to shoot. Potential.
I was shooting this show in a bouyant mood. It was the night after Marmozets had done a number on Manchester, and I was about to shoot one of my favourite bands of recent years. Manchester Orchestra's latest album, A Black Mile To The Surface, is possibly my favourite album of the year so far, and I was massively excited to have the opportunity to shoot the guys playing it.
Sadly, my bouyant mood didn't last long - I was in for a tough night. The stage was flooded with smoke and lit brightly from behind. For the majority of our three song allocation, we were trying to capture soft shadows, which wasn't great. There was the odd occasion where some of the back light crept onto frontman Andy Hull's face, but they were a rareity.
It was still a great show to witness, if not to shoot. You win some, you lose some.