MUSIC BASED PHOTOGRAPHY - LIVE STAGE, PROMO & VIDEO
Working for his favorite band Simple Minds, Matthew has photographed them on more than 100 occasions - in total he has seen them perform over 250 times! But like a tennis photographer who follows a career of a tennis player, witnessing so many shows ensured he knew what the band whould do at almost every moment, but will still on guard to capture classic moments out of the blue.
Spending time with the lighting director and designer, as well lending a hand in lighting some outdoor venues, it is in the indoor venues where his photographic work sparkles memorising lighting sequences and liking it to working with the radio on!
As well as the obvious images for the band, just like his sport and comercial work, Matthews' photography has been used by companies providing equipment and technology which assist a band produce a stunning show. Documenting behind the scenes has also helped the band portray a friendly image on its official website.
Being adaptable to every situation, shooting Live Stage at concerts can usually take the direction of being thrown in at the deep end or spending three or four shows with a note pad and paper understanding the lighting designers creative thought - then embarking on a month long epic journey experiencing different religions and cultures whilst still photographing the same people on stage every evening.
Images shot for Transglobal Underground at an International Mucis Festival. Used for promotional purposes.
Matthew's work has been used by Simple Minds on tour posters, CD singles and in tour brochures.
An example of work as used by Scottish band, The Cosmic Rough Riders, photographed in the Scottish Highlands
Photography for a female duet called Cassana
Images for tour and website usage for the Dan Cassidy String Quartet
Equipped with HD digital cameras with a massive selection of lenses, creative videos can be made to prove that Video Killed The Radio Star.
Filmed live in a club, two takes of the singer miming to the backing track and hours of post production and editing resulted in this black and white video in full HD. For best results it is recommended to view full screen.