Last night I had a lot of fun photographing The Feeling performing at the Bristol Thekla. The Thekla is a rather unique music venue (i.e. it's a boat!) and I was actually surprised at how tiny it was - no wonder it was the first date of the tour to sell out!
Being such a small venue meant that the show was really rather intimate, not only for the audience but also for the band - I'm amazed that there was room for the band AND all of their gear, especially knowing how much Dan and Richard like to leap about! The audience were able to get right up to the stage which made for a brilliant atmosphere. Unfortunately this meant that I was only able to shoot from the side of the stage. Admittedly I would have been able to shoot from the balcony and from the back of the room but it was so packed I didn't fancy my chances of being able to see anything let along capture any images!
The "cosy" nature of the venue meant that I wasn't really able to get a huge variety of shots and, without wanting to get in the way of the technicians running around at the side of the stage, I was more or less restricted to a single spot. Red lighting seemed to be the theme for the evening. As much as I appreciate the intensity and drama of vivid red lighting, its the worst type of light to try and photograph! Consequently I've decided to process most of the photos in black and white to ensure that the details aren't bleached out by the red hues.
Amazingly it has been more than 10 years since I first saw the Feeling perform in Taunton. At that gig I took a handful of photos on my point-and-shoot camera which I still have tucked away somewhere. Amazingly, they were actually published in a review of the gig online (although I can't seem to find it at the moment) - thankfully my photography has improved rather since that first gig!
Here are a handful of photos from last nights show - I still have lots to process so be sure to pop back to see more images.