Photography has always been my main passion. Music has always come a close second, not playing it – I have no musical ability – but listening to it. I love seeing it played live, and, now and again, taking it’s photograph.
After a year or so of doing it digitally I decided to give it a go on film – with Kodak Gold Ultra no less. I was eying up the exposure chart on the back of my Centon FG20 and looking at my Olympus 35RC and thought that the equation didn’t look too difficult.
So, since Allfather were in town, and I was going anyway, I packed the kit and jumped on the Tube. I loaded the film sitting on the train, went over the distance scales a few times in my head, and that’s about it really. I had no plan as such, apart from to get into The Pit and bang off a roll of 24 exposures. And have a beer.
When I got the film back from the lab (Boots) I was pleasantly surprised to find that all 24 frames were exposed pretty well. In fact the exposures were 90 percent spot on. The framing might have been a little off in places but I was wrestling an agitated crowd the whole night. And winning.
Focus was a bit of a chore, the 35RC’s patch is a little faint at the best of times and in a dark and gloomy Camden pub it was as good as non existent. I guesstimated the distance a lot of the time. I’m happy that I got what I got in the situation.
I’ll be doing it again I don’t doubt. Long live the Grass Roots Music Scene, whatever genre you listen to….
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