Session One at the Steelyard

January 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Session One are a live funk, soul and pop band. Last year I headed down to Exeter to photograph them at the University graduation ball and had a lot of fun doing so. So when I received a message asking if I would like to take a few photos of them performing at a corporate event in London, I jumped at the chance. This time I had also been asked to capture a few promo shots before the evening performance. We were pretty much confined to the venue for the promo shoot and therefore had to find an area away from the main event where there was a lot of hustle and bustle while they got everything in place for the evening - you know, the normal kind of thing such as scaffolding to affix the lighting, various tables, chairs and sofas being delivered, masses of flower vases for the tables, a makeshift cloakroom, food stands, a photo booth and also multiple polystyrene planets and a giant astronaut being suspended from the ceiling! Luckily we managed to find a quiet corner to grab some photos in the short time that we had available.

The evening performance was fantastic and I had been given free reign to take as many photos throughout the show as I wanted. The lighting was rather intense which was brilliant for the guests. But, with all of the haze and the vivid lighting I have to admit that I struggled to photograph the show. Many of the photos I just felt were going to end up as a bit... well, a bit lacking! Lacking in contrast, lacking in sharpness and lacking in any kind of punch! The vivid colours seemed to make everything a bit too one-dimensional and flat! I therefore reasoned that I would probably only end up with a handful of photos that I would be happy to keep in colour whereas the rest would need to be converted to black and white. When I came to editing the photos, however, I was pleasantly surprised! Not only did the colours make for some striking images, the haze actually enhanced some of the photos by adding some great atmosphere! Here is just a small selection of the photos. To see the full set, please take a look here.


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