Erykah Badu - Live at The Palais Theatre, Melbourne (Flashback)

Sometimes its nice to revisit the files from an old shoot and see how you'd treat them today. Way back in February 2012, I was sent to Melbourne to shoot Erykah Badu as she performed with her Cannabinoids crew at the gorgeous old Palais Theatre in St Kilda.

I had the run of the theatre for the entire show - which is always nice - so had time to cover the performance properly and especially to look for those gestures and special moments which are almost impossible to catch under the typical "three song" rule. Photographing Erykah is easy as she's a proper Diva - talented and beautiful - and boy, she knows it. Her stagecraft coupled with her sheer confidence (arrogance?) means that she is in total command of the audience at all times, never letting their attention stray for a second.

Though the Cannabinoid crew are stellar performers in their own right, the eyes of the enraptured audience never once left Erykah, such was the intensity of her performance. My job was to try to capture some of that power and emotion.

Originally processed and output in colour, a new treatment in B&W, removing all possible distractions, seems now to be the only way to go with these images.

Nikon D300/ Nikkor 17-55mm 2.8G/ 70-200mm 2.8G VR1 lens, Lightroom 5