Access to Joe Bonamassa’s shows has been getting harder and harder of late. Not so much in getting the passes themselves – they’re still pretty liberally handed out, but general these days you have to photograph him from the mixing desk. I’m not a fan of mixing desk shoots at the best of times, but when you’re talking about one of the best guitarists on the planet, frankly you want to be up close to catch the intensity of the show.
The Royal Albert Hall is a stunning venue although not an easy one to shoot in generally. Tonight we were given privileged access down at the front of the stalls seating area, crouched down to avoid getting in peoples’ way. The result was that we got as close to the stage as you’re going to get for now at least at Joe’s shows, and the outcome was really good shots.
It was a case of pick a side and stick to it, and I think I chose well. He moves around a fair bit which always makes for good images.
In a rare treat I had been given two tickets to watch the show afterwards. That rarely happens, but it was great to be able to stay on and watch. The seats were fantastic, practically right on the side of the stage, but I resisted the temptation to shoot from there even though it would have looked amazing!