Monkey Wrench – The Best Of The Foo’s

Do you live in or around Oswestry? Get your diary and a pen and mark ‘Monkey Wrench’ against May 5th, this my friends is a gig you are not going to want to miss. I have had the pleasure of attending two of the Band’s rehearsal dates to capture video and photos for their

I have had the pleasure of attending two of the Band’s rehearsal dates to capture video* and photos for their Facebook Page and I have to tell you they are tight, as a band the quality of the material is just amazing. The sound, the setlist it all just works so remember May 5th Saith Seren Wrexham be there or you are going to miss out on the debut of one of the best upcoming bands the area has seen.

Here are some photos I took…

*Facebook wouldn’t let me share the videos here, if you would like to see them head over to the Facebook page linked in the main post.

Photography and me

I bought my very first camera with the wages from the very first job I ever had I was working as a checkout assistant at a supermarket called Kwik Save which has now closed down, it was back when Jessops had a store on the high street, I had been in a number of times and picked out exactly what I wanted, looked at various articles online to make sure that what I was getting was the best I could afford and started saving, I literally saved all of my wages and bought it within a few months, I was hooked, taking pictures of local landscapes, family members and just things around the house, a few years later I decided to sell that very camera along with all of the equipment that I had collected to go with it, looking back it was a massive mistake, I got very little money for it and lost all of the equipment that I had collected to go with it.

I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety around 2009, to try and help me get a handle on it I decided to get back into photography, I researched the equipment available and set my sights on a Nikon D3100, it seemed perfect for what I wanted and the reviews backed it up, Christmas of that year my parents bought me that very camera it was amazing, using it mainly in auto I started photographing everything, places I had been, items around the house just trying to learn more and more about this art form, I was hooked. The photo below was one of the first photos that I took with that camera using the kit 18-55mm lens circa April 2013.

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I took so many photos, just trying to push myself further and further all the time;

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A few years passed and my friends started getting married, my love of photography wasn’t a secret, I was shouting it from the rooftops and was asked to photograph a few of these weddings, not something I had done before so I was really conscious that maybe I wasn’t good enough or my skill level wasn’t going to deliver what the couple wanted. On the days leading up to the weddings, I hired a Nikon 70-200mm lens, one of the most amazing bits of glass I have ever used and captured some amazing photographs.

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After a few weddings, I found a local music festival called GigFest, it runs over three days in July of each year in the garden of a pub in town, I sent the organiser a message asking if it would be ok to bring my camera as I wasn’t sure if they had an official photographer already covering the event, they said it was ok and I turned up really quite nervous and took a few photos, I walked away with some really good photos, in my head I had a vision of how I wanted the photos to look, I didn’t want them to look over lit or artificially lit, after that event I have attended more and more local gigs, made some amazing friends with bands and have recently been asked if I would be the official photographer for one of them, which for me is huge.

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The rest is history, as they say. Photography has been there for me, it has given me something I could never replace, it has given me amazing new friends and has allowed me to capture some amazing memories.

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Bad Medicine @ The Tivoli

Bad Medicine billed to support Guns 2 Roses at The Tivoli Venue Buckley and I had the pleasure of capturing this monumental event for the guys, the show opened with the amazing ‘Runaway’ followed by hit after hit.

The venue was packed to the rafters with supporters, the atmosphere was electric Jase and the guys of Bad Medicine put on an amazing show, one that you should most definitely get out to see if they are in your area in the future.

Here are some of the pictures I captured;

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Crossfire @ Saith Seren

The first gig of many in 2017 was certainly one not to be missed, the incredible Crossfire were billed to play Saith Seren in Wrexham. Having seen them on the closing gig of 2016 in the freezing cold and knowing the show they put on as a band, I made my way over to the venue to experience and capture the gig in person, as expected they didn’t disappoint, playing a mixture of modern day pop songs in their own unique style and some classic rock songs from greats such as AC/DC it was definitely a gig not to be missed.

Here are some of the images I captured from that gig.

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If you didn’t make it to this gig you can see Crossfire at The Plough in Oswestry on March 25th.