I love shooting live shows, and I love the band Youth Lagoon. So naturally when I found out that I’d been chosen to cover their live show at Venue by Sceneinthedark in Vancouver I was super stoked, but when I got to the venue, and eventually when the show started, I got into a bit of a panic.
You see, as a concert photographer there are two death sentences if you want to get any colour shots out of a show. The first is solid reds for stage light, the second? Solid blue.
Wanna guess what colour the stage light was as Youth Lagoon started to play?
Yup, nothing but pure, solid, image sensor isolating blue. Now if you are at the show just as a fan, you don’t mind so much, I mean, it did create a really cool atmosphere that fit their opener perfectly, but when your at that show on assignment, you get a little panic punch straight to the gut when the entire first song is bathed in pure blue (or red, or one time absolutely zero) light. The fact is though, you have to make it work, so I did.
I worked with the light that was there, and thankfully, about halfway through the second song the lights started changing, and changing into some pretty radical and incredible mixes. In the end I was really stoked with the photos that I got out of that show, and I relished the opportunity to get photos that I love of a band that I love.
Here are a few of my favourites from the show.