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Music Photographer Robin Pope Takes Center Stage

By Cherrie - 5 min read

Tuning into concert and festival photography with London-based RobinLDN

London-based Robin Pope has been photographing gigs and festivals ever since he was inspired by a fellow mobile photographer back in 2011.Now a photo editor for Volume Magazine, he combines his passions for music and photography by sharing his event images on EyeEm. We got him talking about thinking on your feet, capturing the magical energy of live events in a single snapshot, and taking show-stopping photographs in less-than-ideal conditions.

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How did you get into photography?

I’ve always been into photography, but I only started taking itseriously after a trip to New York City in 2011 – Iwent to a Q&A with Greg Schmigelat the Apple Store on 5th Avenue. It was his work that inspired me to take photographymore seriously and also opened my eyes to other photographers, especially thosewho usingmobile devices.

You seem to alternate between using black & white and color, but how do you decidebetween the two?

I do prefer black &white photography and love Anton Corbijn’s work, butthisdoesn’t always work with the gigs I shoot. Most of the time I will wait until I’m editing the images to choose between the two. Only forone gig did I know beforehand that I would be shooting black & white– that was with a band called Savages.

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Is there something about the city of London that particularly inspires you?

I live and work in London and it definitelyplays a big role in my photography. The vast amount of venues in London means there is always something good and different on. Shooting outside of London is definitely something I would like to do more in 2016, however, and hopefully more portraits with bands.

How much is concert photography about spontaneity, and how much is about careful planning?

I would say it’s all about spontaneity. In terms of planning you make sure you arrive early as most venues will only give you the first three songs to shoot. One of the main obstacles is lighting, because most bands and venues will not allow you to use flash – you have to rely on the lighting to be kind. Not knowing what’s going to happen during the three songs probably does make it more exciting though!

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What’s in your kit bag?

Nikon D800, 24-70 Nikon Lens F2.8.

What are your thoughts on smartphone photography from the crowd at concerts?

Personally I don’t mind it, within reason. It becomes frustrating when someone is holding their phone up for the entire gig. But if you take some time out you will find some really creative shots that have been taken with a mobile device.

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Do you have a favorite eventto photograph?

I always enjoy shooting portraits at Glastonbury Festival with my iPhone – unofficially and for myself. There’s no pressure and the subjects are always very relaxed. Probably because they see you using a smart phone. I enjoyed shooting Field Day and Visions festival for the past couple of years and had the chance to shoot Pitchfork in Paris two years ago. This year, I especially enjoyed shooting Courtney Barnett and The Family Rain live.

Do you have any tips and tricks for photographing live events?

When shooting small dark venues choose a fast prime lens (50mm f1.8). It’s really saved my shots, especially when the lighting is so low. Arrive at the venue with plenty of time to spare and familiarize yourself with your surroundings.

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How do you connect with other photographers on EyeEm?

I enjoy shooting the streets locally using my smart phone. This allows me to share instantly to EyeEm and other social media platforms. Following albums on EyeEm allows me to connect and discover other photographers. I really enjoy work by Greg Schmigel, Sion Fullana, Rytis Seskaitis,Renzo GrandeandRichard Gray, as well as non-EyeEm music photographers Pooneh Ghana, Rebecca Cleal, Jordan Hughes, Jenn Five, Wunmi Onibudo, Burak Cingi, Andrew Whitton and Valerio Berdini, to name but a few. There are so many inspirational music photographers out there.

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Thanks, Robin

to see more of his photos, and for even more inspiration, check out more projects by awesome EyeEm photographers! Be sure toadd your live musicphotography to the Festival album!

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