So often in concert photography, you shoot the first three songs, edit, file the shots and forget all about it. Then every now and again, a special show comes along. Tonight’s show was very special indeed. The lady on the left in the hat, holding hands with Matt Goss, is Amy Watts. She is a 37 year old journalist who has stage four colon cancer. Tonight’s concert was for Amy, to raise much needed funds for life-saving surgery.
Having performed two previous sell out shows over the weekend, Matt was so taken by Amy’s plight that he talked the Dorchester Hotel in to handing over the stunning Dorchester Ballroom for free and every last penny taken on the door went directly to Amy’s fund.
Crammed on to a tiny stage was Matt’s full Caesar’s Palace band and this surely was one of the smallest, most intimate shows I’ve ever shot with no more than 200 people in the audience. As the official photographer for the show I shot the whole performance and at times had to creep on stage for some shots, although there was barely room for me.
During the last song, Matt left the stage and walked over to Amy’s table to serenade her. He invited the whole audience to join him and I was lucky enough to be able to grab a nearby chair to stand on otherwise I would surely have missed what for me is the absolute defining moment of this show. Technically it was a real challenge to shoot as Matt doesn’t like to have white spotlights shining on him and the Ballroom had no lighting rig, so the poor lighting tech had to make a floor lighting rig work for the whole show. That meant there were no lights on Matt and Amy during this last song. Thankfully with the ridiculous ISOs that the Nikon D4 is capable of, I was able to still get a clear shot, even at ISO 10000!