Chris Cornell

This may be a little self-indulgent, but I’m sad and don’t really care.

I first saw Soundgarden in Newcastle in January 1997. If I’m honest, that wasn’t a great show – it was just a couple of months before they broke up, and in hindsight, you could tell they just weren’t into it.

Fast forward to 2012, and I was a music photographer, shooting my first Big Day Out. Soundgarden were back together and on the lineup. Here are some photos I took of Chris Cornell.

RIP.

The Lumineers

Warming up for their set at the following day’s Gold Coast Big Day Out, The Lumineers played one of the very few festival sideshows that Brisbane is graced with each season.

For me, this was the first gig I’d shot since October. For some reason – restricting myself to one publication, not playing ‘the game’, I don’t know – I’m not getting many shows these days. And despite carrying a camera pretty much constantly while in Japan, I really felt the long absence. Boy, were my shoulders tired. (The visit to the gym that morning probably didn’t help, either.)

Both Ends: Burnt

Most of the time, this real-job-with-a-bit-of-photography-on-the-side caper is just fine. But right now, I’m just about ready to drop. Over the last five days (during which I just happen to be doing my bosses job at work), I have also shot BigSound Live, a 2-night music festival in Brisbane, and The Stampede, a 2-day obstacle/adventure race at Woodford.
Here are some photos from the first night of BigSound, including The Delta Riggs, Billy Bragg, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Robert Forster, Adalita, and Eagle and The Worm.

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I can’t show any of the Stampede photos, but if you’re interested, head to Supersport Images and search for the Sunday Roast obstacle in the Stampede galleries.

You Am I

There was no way I was going to miss this. You Am I, my favourite Australian band, playing songs from my two favourite albums Hi Fi Way and Hourly, Daily. Thankfully, I got a chance to shoot it for The Au Review.

Retrospective, whole album tours are a thing lately, but don’t think this was just a chance to reminisce. As front man Tim Rogers said during the show, “this may be a trip down memory lane for you, but not us. This is what we do. This is what we’ll die doing.”

GBTFLoU.

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara were in Brisbane last night, supported by Melbourne synth-popsters Clubfeet. I took some photos for The AU Review.

If past experience is anything to go by, I expect these photos will be all over tumblr in no time flat.

Hungry Kids of Hungary

It’s been a couple of years or so, but I think this was the 8th time I’ve photographed Hungry Kids of Hungary. Their new album, You’re a Shadow, is one of the few albums I’ve bought this year, and it’s a pretty great Indie Pop record. You should buy it.

Soundwave 2013

The Soundwave Festival kicked off for another year in Brisbane yesterday.

As usual, I was there to shoot for The AU Review.

70-odd photos, including Memphis May Fire, Fozzy, Anthrax, The Wonder Years, Bullet For My Valentine, Deaf Havana, Billy Talent, Sleeping With Sirens, Sum 41, Of Mice And Men, Slayer, Paramore, Garbage and Metallica. 

Enjoy.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

I’ve really cut back on the live music work recently, but Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, my second show of 2013, has me excited to shoot more again.

Unusually for an international act, I shot the whole show in a very hot and sweaty photo pit in Brisbane’s Arena. This was the most fun I’ve had at a gig, either shooting or as a punter for a long time.

 

Gotye

I headed down to Brisbane’s Riverstage last night to photograph recent 3-time Grammy nominee and the guy with *that* song, Gotye, for The AU Review.

Harvest Festival

I shot the Harvest Festival in Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens yesterday. One of my favourite festivals to shoot, with bands including Ben Folds Five, Cake, Grizzly Bear, Sigur Ros, The Dandy Warhols and Beck.

More photos at The AU Review.