Gig Review – Ronan Keating, O2 Arena, 26 January 2013

Nearly a week on from my last trip to the O2, tonight to photograph Ronan Keating. I’m sorry to say that I’ve never seen the O2 so empty. There must literally have been thousands of unsold seats and even as he came on stage, the two seats in the very middle of the front row remained empty.

I guess it was a decent enough show. It was a pretty straight forward shoot and like so many of these ‘first three no flash’ shoots, it was over in a flash too…and I’m a bit worried that I might be turning in to a pop photographer! Are all the rock bands hiding from the snow!?

Gig Review – Donny and Marie Osmond, O2 Arena, 20 January 2013

My first major arena show of the year! I was looking forward to this one even though the music really isn’t my thing. It’s always good to get a good stage production and lighting show and tonight was great in that respect. It made for a really straight forward shoot and I came away with a really good variety of individual shots and shots of the two of them together.

Gig Review – Solange Knowles, XOYO, 16 January 2013

Almost exactly a year ago tonight I photographed a then relatively unknown Emeli Sande at XOYO. It is a venue I swore I’d never return to. Terrible light and no pit. But how can you resist photographing Beyonce’s baby sister in a tiny club venue? Answer? You can’t.

A year on from that show and a little wiser I decided not to shoot from the front of the crowd and took a 300mm lens and stood at the very back. Not something I’d normally choose to do but I knew it would make for cleaner shots and would enable me to get a little height over the crowd. It was the first time I’d been able to use the quite magnificent Nikon D4 in anger too, and I’d defy anyone to be able to tell this shot was taken at ISO 6400!