My first ever time photographing a gig from the photo pit was definitely a night I'll always remember! It was Fear Factory playing at The O2 Ritz Manchester with support from Once Human and Dead Label. A few weeks prior to this gig I'd started sending out emails to various venues and publication looking to shoot some gigs at bigger venues. By this point I had been shooting local pub gigs for around 6 months and finally thought I had the skills to go out and photograph a major concert. I was very fortunate to get a reply from an organiser at The O2 Ritz Manchester who asked me to join their team of in house photographers. This means I now get the pick of gigs at the venue, which gives me the opportunity to photograph some amazing bands live on stage at a spectacular venue.
As I'm sure most of you photographers out there know the routine of turning up to the venue, collecting your photo pass and making your way down to the front of the stage. I remember standing near the front of the stage with about 5 other photographers all with their big fancy cameras, and I was there with my little Nikon D3200 and a standard kit lens. I really did feel like the new kid on the block! However I always make an effort to talk to other photographers and get friendly with them as I know we'll be running round eachother for the next twenty minutes or so. I've met some great people shooting these gigs and they're all extremely talented photographers. My mind set from the start has always been to respect other photographers, but I also have to think of ways to make my photos stand out from there's. I always want to try and make mine different and exciting! I captured some of my favourite images during this gig, especially the shot of ex Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader in mid air. I had a little air punch when I captured that shot.
Walking into the photo pit for the first time was an exciting experience! I remember walking down, picking my starting position, looking back at all the excited faces in the crowd, looking up at the stage and waiting for the lights to go down. I'm not sure some of the people on the front row would have been too happy when they saw all 6ft 6 of me walk in front of them! I always try and keep my head down during these gigs though, I never want to be in anyone's way. It is such an exciting experience for me photographing from the photo pit and after shooting around seven gigs at this venue I can't get enough of it. I am really happy with all the shots I got from this gig, especially as it was my first time at the venue. Hope you enjoyed reading this, take care!!