One of the things I want to do more of is the “behind-the-scenes” type stuff – rehearsals, backstage, recordings, etc. I love shooting live shows, but there is so much more that goes into a good band than just a concert. I’ve been lucky in my photography career to meet a bunch of amazing bands, and ones that don’t mind me hanging around and taking some pictures here and there.
These shots are from a rehearsal a few days before the Treaty of Paris Currents release show. Treaty of Paris and Last Fast Action met up at Treaty’s rehearsal space (also known as “The Stained Glass Palace”) to run “Currents” and “Hey Luv” together since they were performing them together at the show. This was an especially fun rehearsal since “Hey Luv” is a classic local scene song from The Dog & Everything (LFA’s previous band) and it hasn’t been played for years.
The room was small and I didn’t want to get in the way, so I stayed off the side and just took the shots that I could get. Everything was lit just by a bright lamp to camera left. In these kinds of situations, I look more for interesting compositions and fun moments than worrying about the light – the light is part of the scene and the experience, so I don’t want to alter it.
And, I always say this, but I love behind-the-scenes stuff in black and white. These looked fine in color, but so much more classic and gritty in black and white, so that’s what they are.
In addition to using the 5D2, I also brought over my Fuji Instax Mini, which I recently got. It’s a Polaroid-esque type camera that has small business card sized instant prints. The colors it produces are very retro. I love it for candid, fun shots.