Back on a sunny afternoon in August I headed to The 100 Club on Oxford Street in London to photograph the awesome band, The Carnabys.
The 100 club is an iconic London music venue, and it was a dream to shoot in there, not for glamour, but for the grittiness of it, from the big ‘100’ signs that adorn the stage to the heavily graffiti covered dressing rooms filled with quotes and signatures for the thousands of legendary bands that have played the venue. And the walls covered in memorabilia and photographs kept me very occupied whilst waiting for the band to set up.
For lighting I had a pair of Profoto B2’s, but only one head came out of the bag. For the stage shot, I wanted to use as much of the rooms ambient and stage lighting as I could and just used the flash as a kick to light the band.
For the dressing room it was all flash, I gridded the head to get that spot look and just let the band be themselves, and just kept clicking. Once they were relaxed, direction becomes easy. The beauty of working with a band is how comfortable they are around each other, so getting personality across becomes a little simpler, but the offset is getting five people to all be doing something camera worthy at the same time. Blinking is the bane of your day for sure.
The Carnabys are an awesome band, with awesome values. They are prime supporters for the Music Venue Trust, and donated their entire albums profits to the cause, and played their launch event at the Roundhouse last year. The Music Venues Trust also do awesome work, we really do need to save places that promote musical culture, they are the whole reason why we have such legendary bands in this country… because they all had somewhere to play.