I don't know how tomorrow could improve on my last 2 days at CityFolk, but I can't wait to get there and see! So sad that tomorrow is going to be the last day of the event. It's been an incredible week, I've seen a lot of amazingly talented performers, and I can't wait to do it all again next year!
I started my day at the RavenLaw stage, which seemed to be an assortment of artists.. From The Barr Brothers, to Steve Poltz, artists were taking turns performing on the stage. Was an interesting concept, especially since all of the artists had their own time slot already booked on various stages. Gives you a chance to see which bands you might like to see. The Barr Brothers were the first band that I took in (pictures above).
Those of you that know me, know that I've been shooting bands for a long time.. It's how I originally started with photography, and how this business started. One thing that I always say is extremely important and often overlooked is stage presence. Steve Poltz was a shining example of what every performer should be doing while on stage. Well.. to an extent... He would chat up the crowd, crack jokes, play his music, goof off for the camera. He honestly made it incredibly hard to look anywhere else but on the stage. That is what you want when you're playing a show tho. Many bands just stand in place playing their instruments, and let's be honest, that gets boring. Most people ignore the band, start chatting with friends, playing with their phones, you might as well just have the radio on..
It was about that time that the weather started to look pretty crummy, dark clouds filled the sky above the stage as I felt a drop or two on my neck. This wasn't going to be fun... Knowing that The Sheepdogs were about to hope on stage, I was a little worried. The photo pit wasn't very wide, so most of the time, you're aimed upwards... Plus, my gear isn't waterproof... so water on the lens and on the camera in general is a bad thing. I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out, but WOW! I kinda wish that it rained during more sets..
I found the rain added a lot of extra texture to the plain backgrounds, and the splashes on my lens, although sometimes extremely troublesome, sometimes left some beautiful colored splashes and bokeh on the images. In fact, there is one image that I got from their set that I am absolutely in love with.. I honestly may have to get this one printed and framed.. So I am posting it below instead of in the slideshow with the rest of the images.
Looks like The Sheepdogs in another galaxy <3 I love the stage light behind the guitar head casting off rays of light, the rain coming down all over, the splashes on my lens creating colored circles behind his head. I think everything just came together perfectly on this one.
So now, it's raining, I'm wet.. so I figured I would do what everyone else was doing, seeking shelter. So I went inside to check out Lost to the River at the Aberdeen Stage, and then off to see Kitty, Daisy & Lewis at the RavenLaw stage.
Lastly, it was time for the main event, which causes some complications. While in the photo pit waiting for Of Monsters and Men to come on the stage, I was handed a 2 page waiver that I was required to sign to be able to shoot their first 3 songs. I won't go over all the details, but in the end, it asked where the images were to be published, and in all honesty, I am not sure where they are allowed. So rather than post the images that I got, I am going to wait it out for now. I will talk to some people tomorrow and see if I am allowed posting them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.. Sorry for anyone who was looking forward to see pictures of their set, but I obviously rather not get in shit for posting somewhere I shouldn't etc.. Thanks again for reading my blog and following my work <3