Lucinda started her journey as a fresh-faced 18 year old with a passion for live music and a developing interest in photography, combining the two after watching the photographers scramble in the pit at Falls Festival back in 2010. Completing a Diploma in Photo-imaging in 2011/2012, she used all her spare time to photograph local, national and international acts for a handful of magazines that had taken a chance on the 18 year old as part of their photographic teams.
Since then, Lucinda has been involved in many exhibitions, as well as her debut solo show “Patron To Pit” in 2015, won several awards for her music work, and is still prolific in the local Geelong music scene.
How long have you been shooting for and what got you into it?
I’ve been shooting for 6 years now. I got into a photography course at the end of year 12 – I was accepted already and on my way, so instead of going to schoolies I decided I’d go to Falls Festival and I took my dad’s old Pentax and was trying to shoot from the crowd. I saw all the photographers in the photo pit and I told myself, ‘If there’s anything I want to do – it’s that.’ I began my course the next year and about 3 months later I got signed on with The Dwarf and began shooting live music with them.
My first show for them was Bliss n Esso at Festival Hall, which was huge for me. It was an epic show, pyro and everything, with the guys playing up to the camera brilliantly. I didn’t have the best gear at the time, just a 7D with a kit lens, but I’m still happy with some of the shots I got there, all things considered.
How did you come to be accredited for The Lost Lands Festival?
This was the very first year of the festival. It’s located about halfway between Melbourne and Geelong (which is great as I’m based in Geelong). I emailed my editor at The Music and asked her if I could cover it as it was not on our regular gig list. She checked it out and applied on my behalf – I received confirmation shortly after.
It was weird demographic at the show, lots of families and couples – since there was a kids tent, as well as a kids stage and only the one stage for music, which made it nice and easy to capture every band on both days.
Tell us a bit more about this amazing shot you got of Harts…
I’ve shot him a couple of times before this festival, so I kind of knew what to expect. He’s just insane to photograph – a fantastic performer who really throws himself into every set. I actually had a specific shot in mind that I had got at Groovin The Moo, that I was fairly happy with, so it was my goal to top that.
There were only four photographers in the photo pit for the whole weekend, a nice change from usually crowded festival pits. Whilst I was fully ready for his killer rock and roll moves, it was cool seeing a few of the other photographers react to him shredding on his knees or playing behind his back.
We had AAA passes for the weekend which allowed us to stay in the pit for the duration of each set, so I just waited patiently till the last song – which was when he dropped to his knees, then laid on his back and finally sat up – with his feet right in my face. That was the moment I captured. It was around 4:30 in the afternoon when he played and the lighting was changing rapidly. So when the moment happened, I was a little worried about my settings, but there was no time to adjust. I just framed it up and fired away.
What are your thoughts on the MPAs?
I really enjoy it. It’s awesome to be judged by your peers, to have fellow photographers you respect and admire recognise your photos and give you positive feedback. It’s also good because Melbourne is often the second or third stop on a tour. So it’s great to check out a band and see the moments that another shooter has captured and then challenge myself to capture it differently, be it from a different angle, composition or focal length.
Who is your favourite band to shoot?
It used to be Bluejuice! Every possible time I could photograph them, I would – in fact, there was one week when I managed to shoot them 3 times… Love those guys. Currently… Melbourne Ska Orchestra. They’re insane. There’s like 30 people on stage – they tend to give photographers full set access. They run around in the crowd, play saxophone on the barrier and play to the camera wonderfully.
What’s your favourite venue to shoot in?
I’m gonna cheat and say an entire street – it’s in Geelong – called Little Malop St. It has The Workers Club, Pistol Pete’s and a record shop Real Music Vinyl, to name a few, but there’s all these great little venues that I can always just pop into and shoot. There’s always great music going on.
Who’s left on you photography bucketlist?
Taylor Swift. The stage production alone makes her a definite wishlist artist.
If you could go on tour with any band for 6 months – who would you go with?
Taylor Swift! It’s the kind of massive show that you could focus on, something different from night to night and you’d never repeat yourself.