Saturday 6th August and ReVerbed have a busy day. It’s M-Fest in Darton, Barnsley and they are booked to play one of the stages at 4pm, but the weather is changeable and it keeps raining.
Having finished their time on stage, they have to rush off and meet with me for a shoot on location at Thorpe Marsh Power Station – an abandoned and largely derelict coal-fired power station north east of Doncaster.
I arrive before the band and gather my equipment together to speed things up when the guys arrive. It’s been raining here and there is quite a bit of standing water.
The guys arive and park up and we head off into the site to the first location – under the south eastern cooling tower which has been cleared of rubble and debris. The graffiti covered walls provide a vibrant background for some individual portraits.
With the individual shots done, we move out into the ruins of some of the buildings, using the rubble to provide height and a degree of separation for the first of the group shots. The dramatic sky with lots of clouds, and the rapidly diminishing natural light, mean flash exposure has to be managed with the changing ambient light to ensure correct exposure, which sometimes proves difficult… as does managing the concentration of the guys…!
And then as the sun falls behind the horizon we move out of the rubble to get some shots backlit by the spectacular orange sunset.
It’s been a good day, and the shots I’ve taken will end up as promo shots for the band’s Autumn gig schedule. I’ve enjoyed it, learned a few things about what to do and what not to do which will prove invaluable in the future. While reading about techniques in books and magazines is great and provides a sense of inspiration for me, there’s no better learning tool in my eyes than practical, hands-on usage of said techniques.
It also shows me how much I have to think on the go to bring everything together and bag the shot!
Cheers to the guys in the band (Zoe, George, Curtis and Josh) and to Kevin (who manages them on a daily basis) for the oportunity to shoot them. It was great fun!
The final series of shots are on my web gallery now (http://deerfieldphoto.zenfolio.com/reverbedtmps)
Looking forward to seeing the pictures on the promo matrial very soon – that’ll give me a buzz!!