Recent gigs: Pavement and BIM

Two rather differing recent gigs, but I’m happy I was able to take some interesting photos at both.

Pavement at Brixton Academy, May 13th
The problem with big gigs is they frown on what they consider to be ‘professional’ cameras – which they define as any camera with a detachable lens. My E-P1 falls into this category despite being far from a pro camera, so I semi-sneaked it in with only my wide-angle Panasonic pancake lens for extra inconspicuousness. I was a bit far away to get good close-ups but the light show – strings of fairylights and rainbow-coloured spotlights – was really lovely so I got some nice wide shots. Oh yeah, and the band was great too!

Bim at Bar Music Hall, May 20th
Bim is the band of resident Poke wordsmith Rebecca and her boyfriend Tim. They create dreamy electro-pop loveliness and a bunch of Poke people went down to cheer her on at a local gig last week. I used my vintage 50mm lens and crazy little C-mount CCTV lens to get these filmic looking shots with a warm retro tint. I’ve also started shooting in film’s 3×2 format rather than digital 4×3, which makes a small but noticeable difference.

Listen to Bim here and they’re playing another gig in Angel next month, come along!

More photos of both on my Flickr.

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