Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Posted by carlotta on Thursday July 25th, 2013 at 11:03am

Next up for day 2 of the Gentlemen of the Road Lewes Stopover: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This was the point when shooting in the pit started to heat up. My photo pass gave me access to ‘the pit’, the space between the stage and the barriers, where photographers are allowed to stay for the first 3 songs of each set. Although this seems like quite a spacious area, it can start to feel very cramped very quickly. There is a video camera going back and forth on a track the length of the stage and at least two other cameramen roving around. Half a dozen other photographers are there fighting for ‘the shot’, while a line of security guards are keeping a watchful eye on the festival goers crowding against the barriers, and pulling out the occasional crowd-surfer. During their second song, the charismatic lead singer, Alex Ebert, suddenly jumped down from the stage, ran to the barriers, and seemed to want to crowd surf himself. This of course meant that all the photographers ran after him, followed closely by the security guards. I got a good position right next to Alex but I could feel everyone jostling for position around me while I just tried to concentrate on shooting as quickly and as accurately as I could. By the end of the third song, I stumbled out of the arena, my heart pounding. For my first experience photographing a festival, the learning curve has been steep. I had no idea that it would be such an adrenaline-fuelled experience.

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