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event photography News

Sonisphere Festival 2014

Sonisphere rocked! Too many stories to share, and a load of bands photographed! Some of them I can’t post here as they will be printed in Terrorizer Magazine first. But in the meantime, here is the Festival in pictures through my eyes.

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Before Metallica took the stage, the fans at the barrier decided to chant my name. I made a video of it!

(Though it does actually sound like ‘Murray’ rather than ‘Marie’)

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An absolute blast! Can’t wait to share with you my live pics, of Metallica in particular!

Mx

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Journal News

Arch Enemy – Terrorizer World Exclusive!

As I write this (21/04/2014), I’m sitting in a cab on my way back from the airport having done a round trip from South London to Germany in 21 hours.

Exhilarated!

Exhausted!

My working day had started at 1am on Bank Holiday Monday, probably when most of you (in the UK) were just thinking about heading to bed. The sunrise was beautiful.

My flight left Luton at 7am.

I arrived in Dortmund, Germany and greeted by Jens from Century Media (CM), We drove around in an attempt to find some breakfast. In Germany, they treat a Bank Holiday like a holiday, and therefore nothing was open – except for the bakers in the train station and a couple of shops.

I had never been to Dortmund, so Jens told me about the City as we drove to CM HQ, I was like a sponge taking everything in.

There are many signposts in Germany!

Dortmund is a lot like Coventry here in the UK, quite industrial in some parts. It also has very beautiful parts – this is the view from the CM building roof.

It’s always a worry whether the luggage gets thrown around or damaged on the journey, so I tested the all the equipment while setting up. Thankfully, the bubble wrap and blankets used in my suitcase worked a treat.

Jens prepared the torch flame – which looked really cool.

Soooo what was I doing in Germany?!

Terrorizer booked me to shoot the cover feature for the June issue! Arch Enemy issued their press release in March about Angela Gossow stepping down after 10 years of fronting the band, and former singer of The Agonist – Alissa White-Gluz – would be filling her shoes. Angela would still maintain the management side of the band. Angela hasn’t shot for any other magazine surrounding her stepping down as front-woman of Arch Enemy, only Terrorizer. I was extremely honoured to be booked for this world exclusive.

Back to the shoot…

Alissa arrived first and I like her immediately – straight up, and bubbly character. Wide eyed and full of get-up-and-go. Alissa likes to create her own outfits, reworking scraps and pulling apart previous creations to make new ones.

Angela arrives slightly later, as she was spending time at her parents house for Easter – family is very important to her. We talked about when we last worked together – at the UK festival Bloodstock around 7 years ago. So much has changed since then for us.

The forthcoming Arch Enemy album ‘War Eternal‘ (out June 9th in Europe on Century Media) is played on loop while we do the shoot – it sounds immense! Alissa is super proud of the album and can’t wait for the release –  she has a serious fire in her belly!

Angela and Alissa have a great relationship. Watching them together when they talk, there is a great amount of respect, and I can see Angela is extremely proud to pass the torch to Alissa. Their shots together rocked!

Afterward, we grabbed some well deserved lunch. Jens took us to a vegan shop that was open (both Angela and Alissa are vegan), where everything – even the wraps – were freshly made on site. I had a tofu salad wrap with spicy sauce, along with a ginger orange fizzy drink. To be honest, I could’ve inhaled a juicy steak, but this was pretty tasty and I love trying new things.

The food definitely helped me to wake up a little bit.

Jens dropped Alissa and Angela off and then took me back to the airport.

I checked in and on going through security, got taken to a room with my camera bag! Obviously a little confused, they explained to me in patchy English they were looking for TNT.

“TNT?! Like dynamite?!” I said as I tried not to laugh.

Of course the test came back fine, (they actually had to do 2 tests to make sure!) and thankfully I was at the airport early enough that I didn’t miss my flight.

Annoyingly on both trips I didn’t get a window seat. I love looking out of the plane. Even worse, the person that did get the window seat had their eyes closed on the whole trip!!!

How could you not look at a view like this?

I leant over them loads of times to take pictures out of the window, in the hope they might get fed up and give me their seat.

A celebratory Jack Daniel’s and Diet Coke on the plane finished the day off nicely. It was a long, fun, tiring, exciting…. did I say tiring? day.

And I would do it all over again.

Here’s the cover (flame retouch by the great Steve Newman – art editor at Terrorizer).

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There’s also a 5 page Feature inside. Grab Terrorizer to read it now!!

Mx

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published work

Published Update

If you’re in the UK, you’re most likely enjoying your 4 day weekend. For me? There’s still some work involved, but that’s how I like it.

Here’s an update of my work in the press. Very happy to have shot a Godsized poster for their latest trip to Germany. The shoot, was at times, beyond hilarious! I must share some of the out-take pics with you all. The poster is currently printed and sold at A2 size. There’s also postcard sized stickers available.

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Then there’s the pic spread for Terrorizer Magazine feature ‘Hard of Hearing’, with Killswitch Engage and Trivium just before their show in London. You can see from the pics it was also rather entertaining when the photo shoot part gets mentioned!

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Various live and random pics of Therion, Arcturus, Iced Earth, Orange Goblin, Matt Harvey (eating a dog called Widget?!) and Killswitch Engage beating up the Terrorizer Features Editor – Tom – with the help of Trivium (Adam D pulling Tom’s hair is just brilliant, as he asked him first if he could do it!)

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The Crowbar (with support from Dripback and Hang the Bastard) show was immense with pics printed in Issue 247 of Terrorizer.

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Until next time ;)

Mx

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event photography

Killswitch Engage Live

I haven’t done a post in forever! Terrorizer have been keeping me busy with lots of shoots – which you will see in coming issues.

So let’s get up to speed! Following my Trivium post in February (where they had the double headliner show with Killswitch Engage), here’s a few of my favourites from the KsE set.

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A performance full of passion and energy, that was also entertaining! Definitely a contender for my favourite gig of the year.

Mx

PS. I love Jesse’s socks!