Kiss My Camera Showcase 2010

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Kiss My Camera Showcase - Tomas Ford @ St. Jerome's Laneway Festival

It’s WAMi Festival time and, in its sophomore year, the Kiss My Camera showcase is on again! This is a great time for all Perth Music photographers to present to you the best photography around.

The exhibition will run from Wednesday 19th May until Monday 12th July at the Western Australian Museum. I was lucky to have two photo shortlisted this time around with a total of 48 photos on display. There were 450 entries altogether!

Above is a photo of Tomás Ford face-to-face with a crowd member. I love his live show where he throws the crowd into the deep-end with up-close and personal spontaneous interaction! Below is a photo of Mumford & Sons performing in the Perth Cultural Centre, right in front of the Museum! I am always in awe of the mass audience all wanting a piece of the Mumford. Both photos were taken at the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in February this year, presented by Sunset Events.

Kiss My Camera Showcase - Mumford & Sons @ St. Jerome's Laneway Festival

This year will introduce the People’s Choice Award for best photo. Of course it’ll be a hard choice, so just go into the Museum and make your vote!

More details at the WAM website.

My First Photography Talk

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Rockingham Talk 1
Kitta has a knack for capturing crucial moments - like this one looking a bit shy and timid as I’m about to start my first ever photography talk!

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by the Rockingham Photography Club to do a short talk about my live music photography. It was an informal presentation about who I am, the media outlets I shoot for, the gear that I use, my shooting techniques and what I look for when I take photos.

I had prepared myself so much for this tiny little talk. I had forgotten what it was like to do a presentation and the time it takes to actually create a Powerpoint presentation! Honestly, I haven’t done a talk since my uni days… well, that was only around 3 years ago, might I add. The nerves got to me the night of the presentation, but luckily my dear friend Fiona let me practice the speech as she drove us on the hour-long trip to Rockingham.

After some club formalities, it was time for me to stand in front of my audience! What a mixed crowd it was… I also had the support of Ben and Kitta too. I needed all the support I could get! And then I just dived into it.

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Get drawn into the Matrix with @antzpantz…

It was an absolute BLAST! My words flowed nicely, my emotive body spoke of exciting musical tales and many questions were asked. I was told after the talk that people were genuinely interested in my talk and that it’d been a while since a guest speaker had captivated the audience so well. I’d gone WAY over time, but the crowd loved it

I was also a guest judge for their monthly photography competition. You can check out the nice work they’ve done here: Rockingham Photography Club Theme Winners.

I’d like to thank Craig Taylor, former President of the Club, for the initial guest-speaker invitation and the Rockingham Photography Club for their attention. As well as my friends Fiona, Ben and Kitta.

Summadayze 2010 @ Esplanade & Supreme Court Gardens

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Summadayze 2010 @ Esplanade & Supreme Court Gardens, Perth

As I continually attempt to blog at least once a week, I now present to you the first festival of the new year… Summadayze!

After taking a two-and-a-half week off taking photos - the previous show was Animal Collective at Club Capitol, an incredibly dark show because their lighting system had screwed up - it was time to get back into it for 2010. What better way to start by shooting a lively dance festival along the foreshore.

Summadayze 2010 @ Esplanade & Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
The Presets are playing on-stage… somewhere

Spanning both the Supreme Court Gardens and The Esplanade reserves along Riverside Drive, Summadayze has grown to be a huge dance festival and the first lively event to kick you in the pants after New Years. I’m not sure how traffic manages when they have to close off Barrack St. to join the two parks, but I must say it’s a huge trek to get from one side to the other!

Infected Mushroom @ Summadayze 2010, Perth
Infected Mushroom - blinded by the lights of the crowd

After a crazy day of DJs, it was refreshing to see a few live bands in the mix. Absolute highlight of my night was Israeli electronic group Infected Mushroom who, coupled with the roaring of the crowd, put on a performance that completely blew me away. Guitarist Erez Netz (pictured) rips it up on the guitars while Amit Duvdevani shouts and incites the crowd with great raucous!

The Presets @ Summadayze 2010, Perth Technotronic @ Summadayze 2010, Perth
Kim from The Presets & Jo from Technotronic

Remember “Pump Up The Jam”? Technotronic are back! Well… not really. There were many punters keen to relive their “early-90s popular house” days and for about 30 minutes they did. That’s how long Technotronic’s set was, spanning a whole four songs including the aforementioned plus “Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)” and two other songs that I’m sure were from their first album. The Presets put on an ‘alright’ show, but their evening slot just showed that the full Presets experience needed some trippy lighting.

Carl Cox @ Summadayze 2010, Perth
Carl Cox headlined making you dance your pants off

It was a great way to start the year. I took it easy and wandered around soaking it in. I’d like to think that the photos from Summadayze really shows what I’m capable of. There are immediate favourite photos of the year from this set, especially the photo of the festival rides.

Crowd @ Summadayze 2010, Perth

Check out the rest of the Summadayze photos in my Flickr photostream.