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 five of the series…
Britt Andrews Iconic. Intelligent. Wise. Alluring, yet mysterious. None of these words can be used to describe me. I grew up near Wollongong, on the NSW South Coast, and my photography journey started at age 13, where I would steal the flip phone of my best friend to take artsy photos of powerlines. I didn’t have my own flip phone. The real journey started when my uncle bought me my first DSLR, a Canon 650D. After a few years of bad photo taking, I graduated to mediocre photo taking. From there, I decided to combine my love of live music with my love for photography, and somehow, I talked my way into some photo passes. I was horrendous at it. Five years on, I am no longer horrendous, and it could be said I have graduated from “mediocre” to “nothing to write home about”. Some have even given me the high praise of being “bog-standard”. I was once described as “a poor man’s Tony Mott impersonator” by a disgruntled Pokemon Go player, but that is a story for another time. I actually found it rather flattering, Tony Mott is a great photographer.
However, not content with life behind the camera, I started my own publication – Volume Media – which now has photographers and reviewers all over Australia. Volume is my pride and joy. It is a website I’ve built from the ground up (with help from some very special people), and I am constantly humbled by, and in awe of my place in the music industry.
Getting to spend three songs in front of some of the biggest artists in the world is simply incredible and exciting, and it blows my mind that I get to spend my time surrounded by so many talented people – photographers and artists alike.
Ten questions with Britt
Question 1. First band you saw live?
Britt: The first band I saw live was The Butterfly Effect at the Yallah Woolshed South of Wollongong in I think July 2006.
Question 2. Favourite Venue?
Britt: Enmore Theatre, an iconic venue. And it has seats. That’s the most important part.
Question 3. Dead or Alive who would be your dream shoot?
Question 4. What was your first published live music photo?
Britt: My first official gig Red Fang at the Manning Bar.
Question 5. All time favourite gig you have photographed?
Britt: The Smith Street Band’s Laneway set in 2016. That band means the world to me and have kept me alive, but I found out on the drive to the festival that my dog was going to get put down in a few days time. It was this weird mix of being incredibly devastated, but that 45 minutes took my to another place. I cried, many times, and a stranger filmed me not doing my job and dancing in the photo pit instead and put it on Instagram. It was pretty embarrassing.
Question 6. Who is your favourite photographer any genre?
Britt: I’m going to cheat and separate by genre.
For live music, I can’t go past Pat O’Hara. His work is some of the best in the world, and I’ve watched him go from strength to strength in the past 5 years, to the point where he’s toured the world. I am incredibly jealous of his talent, and also incredibly honoured to have him as a friend.
For sport, it goes to Peter Dovgan, my adopted uncle. He was the first person to see potential in me as a photographer and I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without him. I am also incredibly jealous of his natural ability to be instantly amazing at any type of photography he tries. He conquered the music world and then decided to photograph the fucking Olympics too.
And finally, wildlife photographer Steve Winter. All I’ve wanted my entire life – before I ever got a camera – was to be a photographer for National Geographic. That is my dream job. Now that it’s part of the Murdoch Empire, that dream has been tainted a bit, but it still remains. Wildlife photography is a passion of mine, and Steve Winter’s big cat photos (especially the one of the cougar with the Hollywood sign in the background) are iconic and awe-inspiring.
Question 7. What is your current guilty pleasure?
Britt: The life I live is one giant guilty pleasure, from Pokemon Go to WWE, Ben and Jerry’s and everything in between.
Question 8. If you met Scomo would you shake his hand or egg him?
Britt: Egg the cunt!
Question 9. Lock down challenge! What new skill will you learn?
Britt: In theory? With all the time and money in the world, I would learn woodworking. I love the idea of crafting things yourself. Realistically? I will play Xbox all day of lockdown.
Question 10. If the world ended tomorrow what would be your last meal?
You can check out all Britt’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.