Oisin & Malachy live @ The Jade Monkey, Adelaide

So last week I was out walking the streets with a camera, shooting without an agenda watching Adelaide start to build atmosphere before the Fringe.  Rundle street was filled with Fringe acts practicing and getting a feel for what was to come.  Those of you who know me personally will know that more often than not I love my music, raw and dirty with a blue undertone.  Having been a fan of people like Newton Faulkner and John Butler for many years, when I hear the sound of someone  (excuse the description, I only mean this semi literally) bashing the crap out of a guitar… Im going to stop and listen!

With a large crowd surrounding him, captivated by the sounds and honest rapport, Oisin & Malachy sits among an impressive street setup, filling the street with bluesy drum guitar tones.  I took a few snaps and stayed until the end of the set and made sure I bought a cd (even though the only cd player  with quality sound I have is in the Kombi which is still off road).

Hearing Malachy was playing the Jade Monkey the following Friday, I cruised by after a friend and fellow studio cohabitants Art exhibition opening at BMG. (which you should also go check out)

The support act was just finishing at this point and during the 15 minutes interval  Malachy was on the side chatting to the crowd prepping to go make some music.  We had a bit of a chat and was introduced to a couple of photographers who were there to shoot the performance.

I got a beer and the show started.  I wasn’t there to shoot, but to just check out some tunes…  However, I know myself too well and cannot resist temptation and always have some kind of camera on me, I was carrying my Fuji with a fixed 50mm prime lens.  I love this camera for its small size, silent operation and super fast 1.4 aperture, sweet for low light shooting like this.  I hear many people say that if you are too busy trying to take a picture, you are missing the moment and are not present.  Where this is the case sometimes, for me music and picture making comes hand in hand and making photographs is as much part of the moment as anything else.  To make great pictures, you have to feel the music which personally brings me closer, you listen to every beat and tone, and watch every gesture with so much more detail.  If you are not in the music, how can you photograph it?

The night of music was awesome!  Malachy has a great sense of honesty and passion in his delivery, he has an ability to bring his crowd in close and build a relationship with them with stories  about his journey via music and speech.  You come away with a feeling that you have met someone new and I think this is so important for any artist and he nails it!

So I really hope the pictures express how the evening was for you, if you were not there I hope they make you want to go to another time, you really should, if you love great music with a personable down to earth guy, get yourself along!  Music is always best when the artist plays from one place only, not a show, just an expression of self.  I caught up with Malachy after the gig for a few beers and can guarantee that what you see and hear on stage, is what you get in person and thats the key!

Cheers, Lee

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Forte, in concert at The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale

So, moving pictures… aka Movies, Film or Video.

I dont shoot heaps of them, stills are my thing, but I do enjoy shooting them. I recently hooked up with local Adelaide singer songwriter, Forte, for a commission to shoot and produce some work for a short moving picture to promote his new Album, “Conduit” which launches on Friday 13th November at The Church of the Trinity Goodwood road, Adelaide

Go support a local artist and help build a bright future.

The footage for the promo was recorded at the lovely “Singing Gallery” in McLaren Vale, South Australia. The subdued and 100% beautiful lighting of the venue set the tone for a great gig, candle lights all around.

Check out some of the photographs made on the night.

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Photography and production ©2015 Lee Knowles Photographer

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Promo commission for upcoming new album “Conduit” by Adelaide singer songwriter, Forte

Live in Concert
At
The Singing Gallery
McLaren Vale, Adelaide

March 2015

All original music ©2015 Forte

Get your tickets for the launch right here right now…

http://www.fortemusician.com

Musicians:

Forte: Guitar & Vocals
Rachel Bruerville: Cello
Gillian Murray: Bodhran & Vocals
Theo Vandersman: Double Bass
Burke Stacy: Didgeridoo & Percussion

As part of the promo campaign with Forte, we also photographed some amazing publicity work and at the top of the bill, the Album artwork for “Conduit” We had an amazing day shooting, covering the whole of Adelaide. We started by shooting the amazing vista looking out at Gulls rock on the corner of Maslins beach and Port Willunga beach. Then with the kind permission of the owners of the Fleurieu Pantry in Port Noarlunga and a little furniture re-arranging, we made some awesome location images that more than suited our theme (and had some great coffee and Chai tea.) after a few studio shots in my port Noarlunga studio we then headed to Bowden and Adelaide CBD to make some key images for the promo, shooting among the painted street art and graffiti!
What an amazing photoshoot!

Take a look at the finished results as you’ll find them being used by Forte right now, I think you will agree, looks pretty amazing and captures this larger than life local artist perfectly.

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Southern Sounds

What an amazing fun packed weekend it as!  Beautiful family portraits made and then the southern Sounds  gig for the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre FUN FUN FUN!

 

http://www.onkaparingacity.com/events/2015/05/23/southern_sounds_featuring_tracer.jsp

WOMADelaide 2015

Ahh, so Womadelaide is just around the corner… In fact that corner is only as long as one night! It all starts tomorrow Friday 6th March, a multitude of vibrant acts from around the globe all come to meet in little old Adelaide to dance, sing, play and create with us. Once again I dust off the gig photography head and delve into getting some creative pictures, thanks to http://www.southaustralianstyle.com who I’ll be making some pictures for.

Who am I looking forward to seeing, hearing and shooting?? Oh my, so many, Womad always surprises me with amazing things, but to name a handful… Sinead O’Conner, Timberwolf, Neneh Cherry, Architects of air, CW Stoneking, Flavia Coelho and Marrugeku Theatre company… But aw man, I pull go on and on!

Of course I’m looking forward to some super tasty food too, but mostly I’ll be enjoying the you guys… The people, atmosphere and feeling that comes with Womad, so you know I’m going to be walking around snapping up son of you beautiful people for sure!

Well here’s to Womad, I’ll no doubt be posting over the weekend so keep in touch!

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The Meeting

A short moving picture…