Captured: Photographers in lock down – Josh Groom


As a result of social distancing, many photographers have lost their main income source and face an uncertain future whilst on lockdown.

Many of us are suffering financially.

This crisis has hit hard – especially for those who do their work amidst sweaty crowds of music fans – capturing those iconic images of the artists we love.

In response, a collective have created a website for some of the most talented music photographers in the country to showcase their work and generate income through the direct sale of prints. Most of these images have never been made available before and we reckon they would look great hanging on your walls!!

Click on the link below to check out these amazing images – any purchase will make a huge difference and you might just find the perfect gift for yourself or that music lover in your life.

We had a quick chat with each of the photographers involved in the project –

Here’s part four of the series…

Josh Groom has been shooting live music and artist portraiture since 2011 for several publications, primarily The Music and Moshcam. Josh is also an award-winning director and editor for film and television. A 2007 graduate of AFTRS, Josh has directed music videos for artists including Wu-Tang Clan, Angus & Julia Stone, Birds of Tokyo and The Snowdroppers. Josh has traveled to the UK twice ( 2015 and 2017 ) to photograph the iconic Glastonbury Festival as well as Coachella in California in 2019.

Ten Questions with Josh 

Question 1. First band you saw live?

Josh:    Pearl Jam. Eastern Creek, 1995. But we have on good authority Josh’s first band was John Farnham on the Jack’s Back tour at the Entertainment Centre in 1988!

Question 2. Favourite Venue?

Josh:   Enmore Theatre.

Question 3. Dead or Alive who would be your dream shoot?

Josh:   Nirvana (past) / Rage Against the Machine (current)

Question 4. What was your first published live music photo?

Josh:  The Preachers (headlining Double Dragon 3) @ Oxford Art Factory 21st January 2011.  I remember being incredibly self-conscious and thinking I was getting in everybody’s way.  It was a mini-festival with The Preachers ( now The Preatures ) headlining the evening.  I struggled a lot with the low light and did not get a lot of usable images – due to having my shutter speed too low in an attempt to compensate for the lack of light.  The few images that did work however – were an absolute rush – I was hooked.

Question 5. All time favourite gig you have photographed?

Josh:   Foo Fighters (supported by Tenacious D) @ Sydney Football Stadium, 8th December 2011.  It was my first big, stadium show and one of my favourite bands.  I remember vividly the sound of the crowd’s cheer when the lights went down just before they took the stage.  It felt like a wave crashing over us in the photo pit.  I was so damn nervous and literally shaking with adrenaline.

Question 6. Who is your favourite photographer any genre?

Josh: Ross Halfin

Question 7. What is your current guilty pleasure?

Josh:   Turkish Ice Cream from Hakiki in Newtown. (Melon & Feta flavour)

Question 8. If you met Scomo would you shake his hand or egg him?

Josh:   A savage egging!

Question 9. Lock down challenge! What new skill will you learn?

Josh: Gardening. I have 3 new vegetable patches that I set up last Monday – the first green sproutlings started to peek through today and I’m excited.

Question 10. If the world ended tomorrow what would be your last meal?

Josh: My mum’s green curry chicken drumsticks. The best!

Check out

You can check out all Josh’s images on the links below

Please check out the website – have a look around and if you’d like to purchase an image or see more of the photographer’s work – simply click on the photo and follow the prompts.

You’ll be making a significant difference to a photographer in lockdown.

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