It’s hard not to love shooting Paloma Faith, and after the heavy restrictions on her previous tour, I thought this one would be well worth doing given it was back to business as usual and pit access. She always wears fabulous outfits and is a treat to photograph (even if the songs sound terrible). Tonight was more miss than hit for me. I’m not sure what to put it down to, the hideously cluttered stage background or a pit that seemed to be full to the rafters but I didn’t come away with that many shots I was happy with.
Alexandra Palace really isn’t one of my favourite venues. The setting overlooking London is stunning, but the venue itself always seems draughty, a bit soulless and security is really badly organised.
Tonight therefore did not disappoint! Security actually was a dream until I got right up to the pit barrier having fought my way through about 5000 people only to be told I couldn’t come in! Eventually they realised I was in the right place fortunately. They hadn’t accredited many of us and I wanted something different from tonight. He’s a unique looking bloke so the usual close ups work well but shots have already started to look very similar of him. The hideously high stage (and no, you can’t use your step!) usually does us no favours here but tonight it enabled me to capture an angle I’d never usually go for – out wide at 14mm looking up in to the lights, and it worked! All I needed to do was to wait for him not to be eating the microphone which he does much of the time, which made for a really symmetrical image.