From The Pit 2021

From The Pit 2021
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I started Will Not Fade in 2014. It was a pretty bare-bones blog, but I have a knack for writing so it slowly gained a following. I didn’t really know what I was doing and it was a steep learning curve. Another music blog asked me to write a guest review for them and I noticed that my review looked way better on their site because of how they used visual elements. So I took it upon myself to learn photography.My first attempts were not good. I remember being quite embarrassed that I’d managed to get access to the photo pit for a Jimmy Eat World gig, but some friends who also attended managed to get better far snaps with their cellphone.I did some research and saved up my money. The following year I invested in a better quality camera: my trusty Canon M3. I wanted something compact and although it’s tiny, it has always served me well. Sometimes I feel intimidated, showing up to a gig with a camera that’s only half of the size of the other photographers’ lenses, but I think my results speak for themselves.I slowly improved. Going on tour with my friends in Ranges helped me test out my settings in a huge variety of venues and settings. I was able to shoot from the stage and from different vantage points because I was with the band, and I picked up lots of personal techniques through experimenting with my camera every night.Learning photo editing was another learning curve. I was finding it impossible to get decent photos in low-light conditions, so I decided to take the next step and learn some photo editing skills. It took me a while to figure out the software, and I know I still have a great deal to learn, but it took my photos up to a whole other level. I don’t know how I managed to get such good shots before I used Lightroom.I’ve been lucky enough to photograph some of my favourite bands and gain access to some amazing festivals and concerts. These days I do more photography than writing reviews. I enjoy the challenge of finding new creative ways to capture the energy that the musicians put out onstage.I’m honoured to be part of the From The Pit exhibition this year. There are some incredibly talented photographers who have contributed, many of whom I am blessed to be friends with, and a few who I featured on the blog last year. Please take the time to attend one of the exhibitions if you are able. Help us celebrate some of the incredible people in the music scene, both in front of and behind the camera. I’m proud to be part of this and I trust you’ll enjoy yourself if you can make it.Joseph James


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Auckland event: Monster Valley, 74 Karangahape Road

Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/1vOnAAiDA
Opening Night: Thursday 20th May – 6pm to late
Friday 21st May – 11am to 6pm
Saturday 22nd May – 11am to 6pm
Sunday 23rd May – 11am to 4pm
Thursday 27th May – 11am to 6pm
Friday 28th May – 11am to 6pm
Saturday 29th May – 11am to 6pm
Sunday 30th May – 11am to 4pm

Wellington event: Thistle Hall, Cnr Cuba & Arthur Streets

Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/2btS7GUJt
Opening Night: Monday 24 May – 6pm to 10pm
Tuesday 25 May – 3pm to 6pm
Wednesday 26th May – 3pm to 6pm
Thursday 27th May – 3pm to 6pm
Friday 28th May – 3pm to 7pm
Saturday 29th May – 10am to 6pm
Sunday 20th May – 10am to 2pm

Christchurch: Pūmanawa, The Arts Centre

Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/1zNgqSH2m
Tuesday 25 May – 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 26th May – 10am to 5pm
Thursday 27th May – 10am to 5pm
Friday 28th May – 10am to 5pm
Saturday 29th May – 10am to 5pm
Sunday 20th May – 10am to 5pm
FromThePit has been made possible by the following organisations: Sony, Auckland UNESCO City Of Music, Epson, Print Art, Monster Valley, NZ Music Month May 2021, Independent Music New Zealand and the New Zealand Music Commission