A friend of mine was performing at a local venue, so I thought it would be rude not to go along and take some pictures. I'd been to the venue once before when I was about 17 years old and had ambitions of being a punk idol myself, so I had some idea of what to expect. It was a fairly small cramped stage that wasn't lit particularly well. I didn't think I would be able to use flash, so I brought the low light arsenal with me. But the lighting was so poor I regretted not bringing a small strobe with me.
The first band came on the set with an audience that consisted of myself and members of the other bands that would be playing that night, so rather sheepishly I went up front and started shooting away. For the first band I was taking pretty conventional shots, but by the time The Episodes came on, I was taking low angle 17mm shots and abstracts of the stage floor.
It was great being able to have all the freedom of the floor in front of the stage, but I think that it made me stand out a little as I had a couple of plastic pint mugs thrown at me. There was no harm done, but I decided to leave before the end of the last set, because in my experience people who start on me usually want to have a fight. I'd seen enough people taken to hospital from outside that pub to even comtemplate getting into anything. That aside I had a great time, and I'll be seeing if I can do some more of this sort of thing in the future.
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