23rd May 2016No Comments

The Last Bugles

Long long time ago, about a decade from now, I dreamed about becoming a rockstar. I wrote songs, played guitar and tortured my family with a loudly played distorted music from the hi-fi coming from my bedroom covered with posters, filled with ripped CDs and piles of vinyls taken over after my uncle left them behind. Years passed and I never wrote anything worth listening and eventually after a short stunt in a band, I understood music talent was not one of the gifts I was granted. Later on during my university days I toyed with DJing and run my own radio show in the student radio station, but eventually that love broke my heart too. For the past few years music was mainly present in my life through headphones.

But what goes around comes around, music has been finding it’s way back to my life in pleasant and subtle ways. During my photography break Chris, whom you’ve seen in this photoshoot, wrote to me asking if I would be interested in photographing a gig of his band The Last Bugles in Dublin Castle in Camden Town at the end of April. Despite the fact that event photography has never been my specialization and I was not taking any photos at that time I agreed. I was intrigued to listen to their music and I thought doing something completely different to my usual work may be refreshing. And I can’t say I regretted a minute, guys, if you’re into indie rock with a classic rock’n’roll vibe and a fresh catchiness, you’re definitely going to like them! You can follow them on facebook here and listen to some of their demos on soundcloud here.

Taking photos for these guys at their gig and rehearsals and the conversations about creativity have definitely woken up the appreciation for the rock’n’roll sleeping in me. Coming back to the roots has really helped me to come back to shooting again. After all rock music has these pure raw emotions at the core of everything surrounding it and distortions and imperfections are embraced as the part of art. I am craving for that in my photography and I miss the times when the candid moments were at the center of my work. Who knows, times are a changing.

3rd December 2015No Comments

Amaraterra

A few months ago over a coffee break with my work colleague Alfredo I discovered that there is yet another creative soul in our geeky software company. We quickly found a common language and Alfredo told me about his Italian folk band Amaraterra and invited me for their monthly gig at Jamboree venue. I came over full of curiosity and as usual brought my camera just in case there would be something interesting to capture.

The energy during their entire performance has exceeded my expectations. They were wild, colourful, energetic, full of positive hippie vibe and playfulness. The night I got introduced to Amaraterra was magical and in the dimly lighted Jamboree venue vibrating with acoustics and melodies it made me feel like home when London still felt hostile and isolating. I attended a few of their gigs and took photos for them when our schedules still aligned.

This Friday, 4th of December 2015, 8pm, they will be hosting another bohemian night in Jamboree. If you would like to feel some irresistible energy of world music and brighten up the darkness of the autumn nights, check their Facebook event here.

After witnessing their gigs three times in a row this year, I can guarantee you that the restless beats of Tarantella will bring the smile on your face for entire upcoming week.