I have just been looking through some of my old blog posts and smiling over the number of reblogs i have been getting over the recent months. To most of you, getting 10 reblogs or likes on a post might be nothing, but for even one person to take an interest in my photography is a big thing. Its also amazing for me because some of my pictures have over 200 reblogs, and when i only have 20 followers, i think that is quite impressive.
So anyways, Thank you. Thanks for reading, thanks for reblogging and thanks for motivating me to continue with something that started off as something that i just enjoyed playing around with.
You have all been great, but i want to say a special thank you to my amazing girlfriend Grace, who runs Demakes Apparel. Without her stepping up her brand to play with the big boys at events like Hevy festival i wouldn’t get the opportunity to shoot such amazing bands and i wouldn’t get to push myself to learn new photography styles such as the product shots I took with Amyrb last month.
I know i have said this a few times before, but i also post more personal stuff on a separate blog over at http://neiloliver.tumblr.com and i have a blog where i post any photography stuff that i am just experimenting with at http://developingnop.tumblr.com
Just to sum up. Cheers!
I originally edited this shot for Autumn in Disguise, but i thought i would post it on tumblr too as im still looking at it a week later and smiling. As old as the idea of selective colouring is, i think it really works on this picture. Thanks to Demakes Apparel for getting me in the pit, Autumn in Disguise for being so great to photograph and Honour Over Glory for giving me a wikid tee that i could do this edit on.
Autumn in Disguise @ Hevy Festival 2011
I have been trying for weeks to get a photo pass for Slam Dunk South festival. With my friend Tom of Honour Over Glory running a stage and selling his rad clothes, and my friends in Decade playing, i thought i had a good chance. Unfortunately I was sadly wrong, and photo passes for the event were very hard to get hold of. As with most major events, no profesional camera (ie SLR’s) are allowed to be taken into the festival without an appropriate pass.
After a long drive up with some great company to Hatfield University, we got in and the festival was well underway. The bands were great and the problems from last year seemed to be resolved (helped by a much smaller number of people). Unfortunately though i couldn’t just enjoy the gig and moped around wanting my camera.
I eventually got fed up and started to hunt for a way to try and get a pass, or at the least get my camera into the event. I sweet talked a bouncer into letting me grab my camera out of my car, and i guess he didn’t know the rules as he wasn’t on an entrance (just patrolling the parameter gate). I ran to the car as fast as i could and got straight back to the security guard, trying to act like i was doing nothing wrong. Within seconds, i was inside and with a big smile on my face.
My next step was to try and get into a photo pit, but it seemed that the security in all other areas of the festival were more switched on. I had failed here, but i could still get pictures from the crowd if i could get close enough.
The starting line was on the outside stage, so it was easy to get within a good viewing distance for watching the band. Unfortunately i didn’t have a long enough zoom to get any usable photos. I fought my way forward and within seconds i was already covered in beer that was being thrown from random places in the crowd. A few seconds later i caught a 14 stone crowd surfer on the back on my neck. Trying to keep my camera safe was going to be a hard task, trying to take a photo without dropping my camera would be harder!
About half way through the set i was close enough to get some photos that i was happy with. I was really enjoying seeing one of my favorite bands for the first time and capturing some on the intensity and fun of the performance. More cups of beer were thrown, and a became a seasoned pro at dodging the surfers but i persisted through. I never usually delete any photos when i am out shooting but i was very low on space, so i had to keep going through the shots and deleting anything that i didn’t want.
From the shots i came home with, i only deleted three more photos, they weren’t bad, but doubles of photos that are currently in the set. I really loved taking every shot in this set, and i am stoked with the results considering the conditions. I hope you enjoy looking at them even 1% as much as i enjoyed taking them.Edit: I am so stoked to have this post liked and reblogged. Please go and check out the full set @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/neiloliverphoto/sets/72157626716385645/show/ and check out my website at www.neiloliverphoto.co.uk cheers!
On Thursday i decided that i wanted to attend the A Day to Remember gig in Bristol academy. As with all of my great gig decisions, i had left it far to late to get a ticket and they had been selling for £60+ on eBay for the past few weeks. I wasn’t interested in spending loads of money on a ticket before Thursday because i was only interested in seeing Bayside, who were supporting. It was only a few hours before the gig that i realised how much i really wanted to see them, and how a nice random night out was something that i really needed. I headed home from work, put on some skinny jeans (yeah, ok i know… new image) and headed out the door to the venue to try and either walk the line and try and buy a ticket or spend the ridiculous money on a ticket from a tout. Before arriving at the gig, the night took a turn that i did not expect. I soon found myself on the guest list for ADTR and hanging out with a group of new and very cool people. Both Bayside and ADTR were very very good, but were far outweighed by the company of the night. Listening to the knowledge, passion and success stories of these guys was so amazing and inspiring. Although i didn’t get chance to take any photos, the night did more for my photography that i could have ever imagined. It gave me the buzz that i could take my photography to the next step this year, and the drive to try out your dreams, it also gave me some great contacts for people who i would love to work with and who i have so much to learn from. So cheers guys:
Grace - Demakes Apparel - @gracedemakesapparel
Tom - Honour Over Glory - @hounoroverglory
Mike - Pulp / Autumn in Disguise