For those of you who are new to what I do, in February 2013 I independently published and funded a book of my work on Soundwave Festival as the official photographer, from 2008 – 2012 (the first 5 years of the festival being a national event). The book has definitely been a highlight of my career, something I’m super proud of and something that I’m keen to do again. I have 350 out of the 2000 individually numbered books left. I’m in the middle of working on another longterm project at the moment so I want to close the doors on Kanye Lens Vs Soundwave Volume 1, and focus on my new project. I won’t be doing a repress of this book.
So if you’ve ever been to a Soundwave Festival, this is like a photo album of a heap of cool moments you may not have seen with your own eyes. And yes I know you can look at photos on the internet for free, but they won’t always be there. Websites come and go, images get deleted and lost from hard drives and in 30 years time when you want to reminisce, what do you look at? Just saying! For the month of December for a one-time-only-because-it’s-way-too-cheap-price, I’m selling the book for $20 plus shipping. That’s fucking crazy. Well Merry Christmas, get yourself a bargain at my expense. Buy the book www.kanyelens.com
Below are my favourite 100 images from the book. Their is over 600 images in the book so I hope you find some favourites too.
Buy Kanye Lens Vs Soundwave Volume 1 www.kanyelens.com
I’m having a sale, 25% off until November 30th 2015. Use code FREEDOM upon checkout and discount will be applied. Merry Christmas!
Today being the 12th June 2015, marks my 10yr tenure of photographing live music. My first gig shooting was Something With Numbers at the Espy. A friend who knew the band was going and said he could get me a door spot, I had just gotten my first DSLR (Canon 20d) and thought it might be fun to take some photos. So I went, took some photos, had some fun and started to look into how I could get door spots into other shows to take photos of bands I liked. And here we are 10yrs later.
I never actually thought music photography would become a job, I just did it initially because I was hooked trying to capture that one great photo that summed up the show.
Fun fact. I have issued 981 invoices. My first invoice was $100 for some live photos that were used in album artwork. It was never paid.
I did aim to have a book ready with 10 years of work but unfortunately with the other projects I’m working on, I just haven’t had the time. Maybe in another 10!
Also Tone Deaf recently did a quick chat with me about what I do
Here’s some albums I listened to more than once this year, this isn’t a 2014 list, more like a high rotation playlist
Ceres – I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here
High Tension – Death Beat
The Peep Tempel – Tales
Luca Brasi – By A Thread
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Biffy Clyro – Opposites
PUP – PUP
Mastodon – Once More Round The Sun
Shihad – Fvey
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
Trophy Eyes – Mend, Move On
The Ghost Inside – Dear Youth
Haim – Days Gone By
REMI – Raw x Infinity
A Day To Remember – Common Courtesy
The 1975 – The 1975
State Champs – The Finer Things
Taylor Swift – 1989
Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost
The Smith St Band – Throw Me In The River
Johnny Cash – American Recordings I
The Sinking Teeth – White Water
The Bennies – Rainbows In Space
Arctic Monkeys – AM
Courtney Barnett – The Double EP
The Bronx – I, II, III, IV
Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
Clowns – I’m Not Right
Pennywise – Yesterdays
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Bad Dreems – Dumb Ideas / My Only Friend (Double A Side)