As a New Yorker, I was very excited to see Lydia Lunch and be able to shoot her show in Austin. I had seen her do some performance art in NYC with Kembra Pfahler, but never got to see her band play. As a bonus, Austin punk band Sailor Poon opened up. This was an almost sold-out show so I was prepared to for it to be crowded and the pit to be too violent to get up front and shoot close-up, but I tried.
This was a very, very dark show. The lights are handled by the sound engineer, who I learned over time, doesn’t really pay attention to to what it looks like on stage as much as he does how it sounds. Since I knew this was going to be a near sold-out show and I might not be able to make it to the front, I brought the FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 zoom knowing it would most likely be too dark to use. Some of the darker closeup shots of Sailor Poon were shot with this lens. A lot of shots of Lydia and her band were unusable due to being knocked down a lot while shooting in the mosh pit.
- Sony A7IV
- Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II
- Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
- Adobe Lightroom (photo retouching and editing)