I have worked with The Picturebooks as their music photographer since 2017. Every time they come through the UK I work the band as their tour photographer, it’s always a great reunion! This was The Hands of Time Tour to promote their latest album, released last year. I met the guys at The Bodega in Nottingham to round out the UK leg of the tour. There was a lot of uncertainty about the rest of the shows due to the (whisper it) Coronavirus. This is having such a huge impact on the whole music industry with various governments restricting any gathering over 100 people. The effect is permeating through to me as a music photographer too, as so many of the events and shows I would be photographing are being cancelled or postponed.
Nonetheless, the pre-sale for this Nottingham gig was very good and the night was going ahead. I met The Picturebooks during the afternoon to catch up and shoot a couple of PR photos. Cellar Door Moon Crow were supporting The Picturebooks in the UK, so this was the first chance I’ve had to see their set in full. It was a wild mix of rock and hip-hop, fuelled by whiskey.
Working with Fynn & Philipp goes through extremes in energy. They are very calm and measured backstage, doing vocal warmups and stretches, only to let it all go on stage and leave the stage having given their all. For me, this is the crux of being a music photographer. Being able to capture those quiet moments without intrusion but also anticipating every move on stage. Following the ebb and flow of a whole set and individual songs.
To round out the night, Fynn & Philipp always go to meet fans and sell merch. No matter the show they put in the effort chatting with fans and taking pictures. This part of the night is just as important to photograph as the music. There’s so much emotion involved – excited fans, the release of energy after a great show, and camaraderie.