As we continue to meet this years exhibitors, we catch up with one of our regular contributors Warren…
A bit about Warren…
Born In Widnes Cheshire Warren has a vast photographic background. His love of photography started as a teenager back in the mid70’s.In his working life he spent over 20 years as a Police Photographer with Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire and British Transport Police he has photographed many things most people would never see in a lifetime. He left the police in 2006 and started working freelance and for a couple of years had his own studio in Widnes.
Now he is mainly seen photographing live music, festivals and gigs and due to his residency at his local music venue “The Studio” has made some real great contacts and friends in the local music scene. He is also on the photographic team at “Getintothis” a Liverpool Music Web magazine and blog. He has shot artist such as Van Morrison, Blink 182, The Happy Mondays, The Libertines, Erasure, Billy Ocean, The Human Leauge and has covered festivals such as Africa Oye, Liverpool International Music festival, Liverpool Sound City and Creamfields.
He runs classes in photography for the young people at “The Studio” and has had solo exhibitions both at “The Studio” and “The Catalyst” Museum in his local town Widnes. He has also held three sold out Gig Photography workshops with Fujiholics.
Although he is now only a part time photographer his love of what he does has grown. He has been shooting with Fujifilm X series cameras for a good few years now.
Favourite Thing about gig photography
Its unpredictability, when you think about it it’s prob the only type of photography where the photographer has no control over any elements of the image ie, lighting, pose, where to shoot from (limited to normally a small press pit) Every gig/festival has its own unique problems when it comes to getting images.
Least favourite thing
Being up in front of a computer till the early hours of the morning editing images that were needed an hour ago ! ( I love it really)
Biggest learning curve
Cutting down on the number of images taken at a gig in order to cut down on editing time and at the same time making sure I get the images I want.
Building relationships with bands
I always try to build a relationship with bands. It’s hard with the big bands as you never really get the chance to meet with them, your there for the first three songs and then out. Its different with the smaller local bands and helps if you have some form of relationship with them, which luckily I have done with quite a few.
Advice for photographers starting out
Just get out to local open mic nights at pubs and clubs to practice your skills, talk to the promotors, artists and the punters. Don’t worry too much about your camera gear and enjoy. Try to develop your own style. BE NICE
What am I looking forward to at this years festival
Really looking forward to seeing other gig photographers work, seeing some bands that Iv’e not managed to see before. Chatting to artists, photographers and punters and not having to worry about getting the right shot taken and edited within a deadline 😉
A bit about my work on exhibit
My work will be some of my fave Black and White images. As im writing this, im still not sure which images, but they will deffo include one or two images from my ongoing project “Live performance portraits” this project came to me when I was looking through my work and noticed I had a lot of images that looked like they were set up in a studio situation when in fact they were taken live on stage, I think it’s a style I love and came upon without knowing I was looking for this type of shot.
Favourite way to share my images
Social media is a necessary evil nowadays so Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and I have my own Smugmug website which works well. But you can’t beat exhibiting prints at festivals like “Shout About It Live” which is why Im am excited to be exhibiting here.
What makes a good gig photograph?
This is such a subjective question as one gig photograph will mean so much to some people than it will for others My own personal view on this is that if it works for me then I’m happy. If im shooting for a band and they like the images then I’m happy. If I get good feedback from people who were at the gig …… Guess what …… I’m happy.
Plans for the future in my photography
I like to keep things simple so really as long as Im still getting a buzz on my way to a gig/festival, no matter how big or small, well that’s all I want really. I would love to go on tour with a band at some point not only to document the gigs but to document the time on the road.
I do hope you all enjoy “Shout About It Live” and if you see me about please do come and say Hiya