I’m a photographer in so much as I have a camera and people are lucky enough to let me take photos of them and I often get something in return for my work. For my money, that’s the definition of success as a photographer.
That said, 2015 brought me a bit more than I had before: it let me shoot a music festival and tour for the first time ever. I literally got to use a hobby that’s become a ferociously burning passion to travel the country. That’s ludicrous. And so awesome I don’t even have the words.
So here’s a selection of some of my favorite photographs I’ve taken this year a little bit about them, for photo geeks and non-geeks alike.
I’d also like to take this time to thank everyone who’s supported me in anyway, or given me any opportunity, to take photographs in 2015. You’ve been instrumental in what I’m calling “my success.” If you’d like to help me do the same in the coming year I’ll probably buy you a drink or something.
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The music business is only insincere if you buy into the idea that business side of it is an after thought to its artistic motivations. If you look at it is a business, just one that by and large has a pretty creative output, it’s as sincere as any kind of business can be.
The fact that sales matter, downloading is stealing, image does count for a lot and that perception is just as important as a great record doesn’t detract from the quality of the best music. It’s just how time has forced us to consume it.
My 15 favourite records from 2014 and a handy wee video from each to give you a wee taster of said records. Sweet deal right?
You should like Colours to Shame for two reasons: firstly, The Guardian likes them and the Guardian remains one of the few (almost) consistently wonderful things in the world for wooly lefty liberals like myself. Secondly, Colours to Shame are a really, really good technical metal band. Dudes bring all da shred.
Full disclosure: I’m a Devin Townsend fanboy. Except for his material with Strapping Young Lad. No time for that noise at all. But his solo work, I love it all. This kind of devotion, and the privilege of an expensive education, means that I have too much time on my hands to watch Townsend in interview after interview on YouTube. As a result of spending my time so wisely, I’m acutely aware as to just how important this album is for Townsend. So my fanboy sense of duty kicked in and I felt this deserved my full attention as often as it could be spared.