Shooting a Music Festival is unlike any other job as an Entertainment Photographer.
You need to be prepared for everything so you end up carrying a lot of kit, including a ladder, around with you all day. However, festivals do lend themselves to the opportunity of creating the most outstanding imagery so I always look forward to them.
It’s not just about the onstage shots, it’s about the atmosphere. My job as a photographer is to tell the story of the entire festival to the audience.
A typical day at a festival will start with a roam around the site, shooting festival goers as they gear up for a day in the sunshine watching their favourite artist into the night. The performances on the main stages start at around 3pm and you can shoot between five and ten acts in the space of eight hours.
At Isle of Wight Festival they also bring the artists through the media room for a branded photo call in between the performances. I am literally shooting constantly with brief stops for a glass of water and to hand my cards to my editor who is glued to his seat in the press room for the duration. It really is non - stop action.
This year I even took a spin on the Big Wheel to create some aerial shots of the very busy site. At the end of the day you feel a real sense of achievement when you see your images used online shortly after you’ve shot them.
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