Len's Lens: Shooting stars like Jake Bugg is a perk of the job
One of the perks of a being a photographer is that I get the chance to photograph rock bands, folk bands, indie bands, singers and even opera stars.
Not only that but I don’t have to queue for hours, I get escorted to the front of the stage about ten minutes before a gig erupts into life.
The first concert I ever photographed was at Glastonbury in 1990. I received a call from a news agency to drive to Pilton, blag, yes blag, my way in and photograph Sinead O’Connor who was on the Pyramid Stage. It was a lot different then and I drove through two checkpoints, through the site and parked alongside the stage.
Within an hour I was in the pit of the most famous stage on the planet. It was blistering hot and there were tens of thousands of fans behind me. The pictures I took that day made a half-page in the Sunday Times. It was a huge adrenalin rush, something that only music and the arts can provide.
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On Saturday I joined 2,000 like-minded souls to see Brit Award nominee Jake Bugg at Westland Leisure Centre in Yeovil. The venue was smaller and the crowds certainly were, but the concert was electric. The boy can sing.
The downside of being in such a privileged position is that a photographer is only allowed to be pitside for three songs, then you have to leave immediately or face the wrath of the security guards.
I had three songs to shoot everything I need – wide shots, portraits, crowd and, most important of all, the money shot. The photograph that makes you happy when you walk away, like the silhouetted picture of Jake I captured on Saturday.
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