It might have been the fifth year in a row of photographing Rewind south, but when I arrived at on Saturday morning I didn't even have a confirmed photo pass, but by the time I left I'd been asked to stand on the house bands drum riser to take a group photo of at the end of Jimmy Sommerville's set of everyone who'd performed with him.
Now I don't normally get nervous when I'm behind a camera, but I don't mind saying that I was shitting it a bit. Not because of the 15,000 people out front but because I really didn't want to bugger it up.
To make things just a bit more pressured, I had two people telling me
that there was no time to take the photo (they wanted to get the stage ready for the headliners OMD). In the end I think the line
up was there for under 10 seconds. It wasn't until getting home and
looking at the photo that I even saw who was in the line up... Jimmy!
All I saw at the time was a row of people.
Oh, and my lens
wasn't quite wide enough (it was all I had with me), and I couldn't see
through the viewfinder (camera held high over my head to avoid getting
the drum kit in the photo!).
I'd tipped off a friend in the audience to what was happening, and he (thanks Tim!) was able to get this fantastic photo of the photo!
A very big thank you to Lily and Tony for making this weekend possible for me. I hope to work with you both again sometime soon.