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!