For some, the best part of a music festival is capturing the sound, sweat and excitement of the day in one, quick snap.
Andrew, the man behind the lens and creator of Dirty Love Photography had a chat with us about his reasons for becoming a photographer, his 5 fave photos, and his love of good ol’ T-swizzle.
What is it that you enjoy most about photographing a gig/festival?
The ability to capture the feeling the others (including me) feel at that gig/festival, in an image that lasted no more than 1/200th of a second; that photo will hopefully take that person back to their moment in the mosh forever.
What made you want to become a photographer?
I think having my dad always giving me the 35mm film camera to take the photos on family outings had a big impact. I’ve just always had one connected to me. Plus, I get to photograph gorgeous people and get paid to go to gigs/festivals.
What was your favourite gig that you photographed in 2014?
BALL PARK MUSIC playing at Splendour In The Grass. Seeing some of your favourite people in the world, (never mind the fact that they are also one of my favourite bands,) playing to a packed out amphitheatre was honestly one of my favourite experiences ever. And then having the opportunity to be on stage filming them play Bohemian Rhapsody, is something that I will NEVER forget.
What was your first camera you ever purchased?
My grandma bought me a Sony a200, terrible DSLR; would never recommend. However, it did prepare me to appreciate how good newer DSLRs are. I personally purchased a Nikon D7000 as my first “pro” camera and never looked back. I now use a full Nikon kit.
What would you say your photography style is?
Nostalgic, with a hint of fun and flirt.
What band/musician would you love to photograph?
What made you want to become a photographer?
I can’t answer that specifically, I’ve just always loved it. But I think what appeals to me right now is this feeling of solidifying a moment or creating a moment, (particularly in my fashion work,) that relates to someone else in some way. The ability to make someone think means more to me than anything else.
Actually that’s all bullshit, (sort of). I have a very specific moment when I knew that I wanted to shoot gigs, and it’s VERY fan girly.
I was lucky enough to be invited by Drawn From Bees, (the first band I ever worked with,) to be a guitar tech at Sounds of Spring, and I met Dane Beesley. I thought he was the coolest dude, shooting a Canon 5d MKii with a cool tweed strap and a Canon 24-70 f2.8 attached. Everyone knew him. He had an AAA pass. He had the long hair, the rock and roll vibe, and I was honestly so taken back by his presence, that the photography work I had done in school etc, just popped into mind.
That was DAY 1 of the rest of my shooting career. Dane, if you’re reading this, thank you for being an inspiration, and for replying to my one facebook message asking you what gear I should buy. I don’t think you’ll ever realise how that has affected me, and how I approach junior photographers. Thank you.
Aside from the gigs you have to shoot, what is your own personal music taste?
I genuinely love most music. I would say that right now, I’m in a dichotomy of SOULECTION inspired tracks x ALTERNATIVE INDIE ROCK. I love my Goldlink, AlunaGeorge, Childish Gambino, Snakehips, but I also love Death Cab For Cutie, Bon Iver, Jeff Buckley etc. I’m also a major sucker for a good Taylor Swift banger (i.e. every TSwizzle song ever!)
What do you love most about photographing musicians?
They understand that photography is an art and are usually much more in tune with the little things that we do in the photo, rather than saying that my camera must be a really good camera. Jimi Hendrix could make a Fender Bullet sound awesome.
What are your top 5 favourite photos you took in 2014?
Ball Park Music
Sticks and Stones
Chapel & Charles
What’s your favourite photo you’ve taken?
I honestly can’t answer this, Check out my Instagram and see what you like. I’ve unfortunately hit this point where I am so internally worried about my work that I tend to hate something in every photo. I do like to see people look at my photos though because for a split second I can see what they see!
Do you have a new years photography resolution?
Shoot more, worry less. I also really want to focus on more Sydney based work, plus hopefully getting over to the US or Europe with a few of my clients. I REALLY want to take Dirty Love Photography international.
And marry Taylor Swift… but isn’t really a photography resolution.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
A doctor, I was studying Medicine/Surgery. weird, I know.
To see more of Dirty Love Photography, check out the website here.