Sunday Slammer

Every now and then I find myself down Subside; a metal club based in Digbeth Birmingham. Subside’s an interesting venue in the sense that it has windows running down the entire room meaning you get sunlight beaming through onto the stage. There’s a point in the evening where the outside sunlight balances with the house stage lights which can make for some beautiful results.

The following images are a small collection of my favourites of each band which feature; Midnight Prophecy, A Titan, A Deity, Second Cities, La Moxie, Making The Martyr and Chaosaroma.

Urban Exploration

Every now and then it’s beneficial to get away from the modern city and go explore an area where nature is truly reclaiming its land.

After initially visiting the site for a promotional music shoot I knew I had to come back. There was so much more left to explore so myself and fellow photographer Pulse Media of Overtone Mag made the trip back to properly check out what the area had to offer.

The Flapper

The Flapper & Firkin is one of Birmingham’s iconic music venues and I’ve found myself working under its brick arched stage a fair bit more lately. This is a venue whose future is currently up in the air with many plans floating around to demolish the site in order to build new inner city housing. Plans to close the venue have already been pushed back once before but do we truly know how long the venue can carry on fighting?

Either way, I’m happy to shoot here till its doors close and carry on supporting small local venues.

Images of the wonderful progressive metal/ rock acts: Xilla & Axiom.

Uprawr

While I wasn’t fortunate at gaining a photopass for Download Festival 2019; I can’t tell you how much I wanted to photograph Slayer’s final UK show, and Lamb Of God, and Behemoth for a second time, or Clutch, can’t forget Trivium, Amon Amarth, Toska, Slash…… I really wanted to be working that weekend!!

Nevertheless I still hoped to do something cool photo related that weekend, I just never imagined it would be shooting my first nightclub. To say I was nervous was a bit of an understatement. I’m used to shooting gigs with the safety of the photo-pit, I don’t have to chat to anyone, just go in take my shots and walk out. Simple.

The prospect of having to walk up to total strangers and initiating some sort of conversation in order to get them to take a photo seemed so daunting to me. I don’t suffer from anxiety or have any sort of social disorders but it was still something which the thought of made me feel uncomfortable.
Thankfully though, it was all in my head.

The idea of chatting to random people, the very thing I was so terrified of doing actually turned out to be what I loved the most. I didn’t have to start a conversation. I just had to say hello and take a photo. If the person wanted to chat afterwards then hell yeah I’m all ears and I met so many cool people in the process. It’s genuinely something I’d love to do again and I really do hope I get the opportunity once again in the future.

For now though, I’m going to leave you with a few random shots from the evening. Thank you!