This week it's a collection from Reading based music photographer Hollie Dyes Shepherd.
*All work is chosen and supplied by the creative
At around the age of 17 and before I was able to get photo passes, I would bring my Grandad’s 35mm camera with me to gigs and get as close to the barrier as I could in order to get photos. At that age I was taking A Level Photography and became consumed with producing a body of work I was proud of. I really look up to artists and classic rock photographers like Andy Warhol and Mick Rock and was inspired to get out there and create as much as I could. I had a lot to learn in the beginning but looking back now a lot of the photos have a raw grittiness about them, I was less critical.
I've now been freelancing as a photographer for around 3 years, working everything from record label nights to festivals. I started off shooting smaller shows at grassroots venues like The Boileroom in Guildford and from there I was able to work on my skills which helped me to prepare for other opportunities. I’ve always loved capturing the energy and personalities within music in my photos and become fixated on that sometimes, I now find it difficult to be at a gig without shooting.
I’ve been lucky enough to shoot some incredible live acts including Foals, Biffy Clyro and Courtney Barnett. It’s always exciting photographing bigger named artists, but sometimes the atmosphere in the pit can feel quite tense and hurried. Shooting at grassroots venues always feels more relaxed and quite often there isn’t a barrier, I’ll usually have to battle with the crowd to get good angles but that adds to the challenge!
Willie J Healey