Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Glastonbury - Paul Simon and Bono Rock

I feel a bit odd at Glastonbury, and not because you are in a tent city with 180,000 people. And strangely at home at the same time.  There is something for everyone and for me as a photographer there is a compelling photographic story from the moment you get up in the morning to when you crawl into your tent in the wee small hours.  The older acts are inspirational and this year non more than BB King at 85 and Paul Simon at 70.  There is something amazingly uplifting to see an 85 year old man playing the guitar sitting down and in front of 100k+ people.  And then you have the young acts trying to make their mark, but few will be around when they are 70 I would guess!!!

Then there are the headline acts.  U2 were outstanding however I am identifying my generation here.  Coldplay no less so.  For these events I stood up close wishing to photograph the individual artists.  For Beyonce I decided to stand back on the hill to capture the broader perspective. Eventually when I made it up the hill I was sitting on my own watching it all beneath me like a surreal model, but in real life.  The remarkable thing about this image is how clear Beyonce is on the stage.  The image reminds me of a Gursky image I saw years ago where despite having thousands of people present at the event that one key person stands out.  And so she did!!!

 Beyonce Glastonbury 2011

 U2 - The streets with no name

 BB King - The Godfather of Jazz

 Don Maclean - American Pie

 Paul Simon - The Boy in the Bubble.  An understatement to say a living legend

 Dance Village

Glasto  Stonehenge

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Glastonbury 2011 Preparations for the Annual Pilgrimage

Four more days and we will head down the long M6 to Glastonbury on our annual pilgrimage.  Al and I have reviewed the images from the previous two years and are fired up for it.  Al for the music and me for the photographic opportunities which abound.  And of course the music.  I am excited to see the anarchistic Chubawamba and the consummate U2.  On previous years we have seen 40 bands in a weekend and it remains astounding even on this the third run around.  Difficult to convey other than say that it is a feast of what is good in contemporary culture.  And in a way it keeps me contemporary.  It allows me to slip thing into the conversation like the Bombay Bicycle Club or Let's Buy Happiness or Enter Chakari hopefully in the right places and context.  My favourite spot where I normally have my Glastonbury moment is in the corner of the John Peel tent where I normally snooze in the morning sun and listen to the latest bands.

If you are there say hello.


The Late and Great Clarence Clemons The E Street Band

Top Guys

Michael Jackson 2009


Stevie Wonder Pyramid Stage 2010


Marina and the Diamonds John Peel Stage 2010

John Peel Tent

Thursday 2010 waiting orderly for the start