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I was there to shoot stills and was taken by the maturity of this sixteen-year old who is just beginning to realise the implications of worldwide fame. Despite giving off an aura of fragility and delicateness, Ella (real name) remained calm and unflappable, handling with ease a room full of camera technicians, publicists, etc. and easily responded to all the questions in one take.
My job was relatively easy, as the lighting was all set by the video crew - I just had to be sure not to spoil the mood with my moving about and the loud shutter release - but I was happy to capture a range of different looks from this young star on the rise, and in particular one frame when she looked right into my lens.
A regular gig for me is shooting publicity images for local music artists. Singer/songwriter Josh Leys recently contacted me to produce fresh images for him (I'd shot Josh once before a few years back), so after a few weeks of scheduling conflicts, we finally managed to coordinate a time when we could spend a few hours together creating images.
To compliment Josh's last video, we decided to shoot on the beach and jetty at Devonport. The brief was to produce "bright, sunny, pop" images, so the location was perfect.
The entire shoot was with natural light only, which meant that we could shoot quickly, covering a range of different angles. As you can see, Josh is extremely photogenic - and out of the 400-odd photographs taken that afternoon, only a very few needed culling.
Three "supergroups" hit the viney slopes of Ascension Estate in Matakana (Saturday 2nd February, 2013) playing in front of a well-lubricated audience - man, people get drunk real quick these days! A certain amount of pre-loading must be going on - kids run wild while parents attempt to dance (badly) amongst blankets, chilly bins and beach chairs. Space is at a premium, but everyone is in good spirits - except when they inevitably have to join the queue for the porta-loos which stretches almost back in front of the stage. Highly amusing to hear Campbell Smith issuing housekeeping messages over the PA.
To the music. Toogood kept the tone light for The Adults who must have perplexed a lot of the crowd who were there early to claim their patch of grass and set up booze camp. Classy stuff all round though from Jon, Julia and Shane.
The "main" act followed - Anika, Boh & Hollie who proved that the sum is truly greater than the parts. Fabulous chemistry; a great support band; a fine spread of songs; and a stunning finale in Bathe In The River. These ladies deserve success with their just-released album Peace Of Mind.
The organism that is Fat Freddy's Drop finished the night with a sprawling set that picked up immeasurably when MC Slave leapt onto stage to rark up the, by now mostly arseholed crowd.
Shooting the first three songs only from the pit in front of the stage is always an interesting experience in "getting the shot". Hard to get a feel for the performance in such a short time and the lighting set-up for each act naturally is wildly different over the course of the evening.
An unexpected challenge (at this genre of gig!) was the audience - anytime I neared the crowd barriers to get a better angle I was grabbed, stroked, squeezed and practically groped by the drunk teens and 20-somethings who were revelling in the free-flowing sav supplied by their parents. And of course they insist that I take their picture - frickin' Facebook generation.