Welcome to Will Not Fade’s Artist Profile series, where we take a look into the people in the music scene who aren’t necessarily musicians.
Who are you?
How did you start off doing photography?
I was originally into Lomography and experimental street film photography,and it wasn’t until much later in life that I started using a digital camera. I bought a Canon 5D and made a few low budget music videos with a friend in London. Upon returning to New Zealand I decided to use the camera for photography and on a whim took it with me to a Peter Murphy gig in Auckland. I sent my images to a media outlet on the advice of a friend and the rest is history.
Why do you photograph musicians?
Musicians bring the world so much joy. They give it their all performing on stage and I want to immortalise those moments for others to share and enjoy. Going to a gig, for me, is a cathartic experience. It’s an added bonus if I get to photograph as well.
Film or Digital?
Mostly digital although I have tried film as well but it’s tricky.
Colour or Black and White?
Both. Depends on the artist and the atmosphere or venue.
What has been your highlight so far as a photographer?
So far it would have to be photographing The Cure. For a teenager obsessed with Robert Smith this was a fan-girl dream come true!
What band would you most love to photograph?
Grace Jones. I saw her live at Camden Roundhouse in London and would absolutely kill for the chance to photograph her. She is an amazing woman.
Have you got a favourite venue?
I love Meow on Edward Street as there is always a place to get a great shot and the décor is eclectic making for super interesting backgrounds. I also love San Fran for the high stage and super awesome staff! I do miss Bodega though.
What do you consider your most essential piece of equipment?
Actually my jeans. I need a lot of pockets to hold all my stuff when I shoot haha.
What kind of ear protection do you use?
Isolate titanium ear plugs. They block loud sounds but I can still hear conversations in the crowd perfectly. It’s really trippy.
Have you got any advice for aspiring beginner photographers?
Think outside the box and be prepared for anything. Oh and ALWAYS treat the crowd, promoters, venue staff and fellow photographers with the utmost respect. They can be your biggest ally at a crowded venue.
How can people contact you if they want to use your services?
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Fabulous stuff. Proud to have you as my daughter