Last night i traveled over to Cardiff to go and see We Are The In Crowd on the third night of their first headlining tour. I wont say too much about the gig, as it will all be covered in the review, but needless to say it was an incredible night. I met Tay before the gig for a quick interview outside their dressing room and it was a lot of fun. She is such a lovely person and i hope that i get to catch up with her again later in the year when they return to the UK. She has recently been complaining about the UK having bland food so i took her some Bens Cookies from Bath and a few Demakes Tees for her and Jordan. I really want to know if she liked them and i am hoping that the Demakes stuff might make it on stage at a later date in the tour.
I am trying to keep experimenting with photoshop and i thought i would do a photo for my friend Amy as she helped me and Grace out in the summer with the Demakes photo shoot.
It’s really lovely when you are searching online for something unrelated to your photography and you come across your own work. It’s even better when it’s a photo you are proud of, and it’s even better when I can’t even remember taking it! How did I not include this in the highlights of the summer Demakes shoot? Anyway, now I can show you all and smile :)
Demakes Apparel - Work in Progress design by ICON Revolution. Worn on stage by Autumn in Disguise at Hevy Festival 2011.
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.
Liam Cromby of We Are The Ocean playing the Jagermeister stage at Hevy Festival 2011 wearing the new font design from Demakes Apparel.
Big thanks to both Liam and Pete Coles at BlackRabb.it for the support and new design.
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!