Beasts Of Bourbon, if you we around when they were you were usually guaranteed a good night out. Not sure when I shot this but it was on transparency film pushed two stops, so probably 1600 ISO. Still amazes me how good they look, digital would kill it for technical performance but a look and feel of film has a certain quality all its own.
So a quick and dirty band shot for the Porkers upcoming US tour. I this case using the Pentax K-1, some battery powered flash triggered through Hahnel Captur triggers and the Hahnel Softbox 80, shot in a stairwell at Sydney Uni. The whole kit plus an extra light was carried in an F-Stop Anja pack- mobile studio!
The flash heads are old Quantum Q-Flash with Turbo batteries and to be honest are pretty old now so on the hunt for some new lights. Would love the Profoto B1 and B2 gear but will have to sell a kidney to buy them (yes even the Profoto rep doesn’t get to keep the gear). Hopefully there will be a value alternative on the way soon. In the meantime the good old Quantums will have to do, good to know you can do a two light setup just about anywhere and on any camera.
Used the 15-30 on the Pentax, big piece of pro glass and sharp too, its a lens perfect for this kind of deal. I suspect it would make a cracker landscape lens as well however it is heavy and big, as you would expect for a 2.8 zoom and on the K-1 it look huge. The K-1 is a remarkably small camera for a full frame leaving the Canikons for dead but Pentax is not for everyone only for those who want a point of difference with some excellent glass and a tough workhorse body.
One summer I photographed Livid in Brisbane, the “three songs, no flash” rule left me looking for stuff to shoot. The crowd was the obvious subject. The first twenty meters from the stage was a seething mass of semi naked humanity that at regular intervals ejected its members over the barrier and into the arms of the waiting security. Looking back at these pictures, given that they are nearly twenty years on it seems a simpler time- no phones and everyone getting on with it. It was the late nineties and grunge was beginning to wind down, piercings were in and everyone was going to the big festivals.
The heat was taking its toll throughout the day, in the pit we had access to free drinks backstage but the punters were suffering big time- security was pulling heat effected kids out all day and some were in a pretty serious condition. As the day wore on the crowd got bigger, drunker and more boisterous but manged to keep it together, avoiding any major violence.
I remember it being way wilder than Sydney Big Day Out or individual gigs I shot of the bands at the time but I guess Brisbane has something to do with that.
The kids in these pictures would be in their thirties now- if you see yourself in them drop me an email.
A stinking hot day at the Brisbane Showgrounds for Livid, sometime around 1994, I know Devo and Midnight Oil played but I could be wrong- either way it was hell up the front and I remember sweat dripping into my camera as I tried to load film.