Band Wagon

The images here were all taken between the 29th December 2007 and the 20th December 2008 – one year of band photography on the Isle of Man.

In late 2007, after a long break from photography, I decided it was time to jump on the digital band-wagon. I’d never used digital before, not really had much experience with flash and had no idea what I was going to photograph. It was the drag-end of 2007 when I took my camera to The Creek Inn for the first time and photographed my first band, Sparkle Motion. I spent the next 18 months photographing bands, mostly in Douglas, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

During that 18 months I made a lot of friends and maybe one or two….I won’t say enemies. I had an ‘individual’ approach to live music photography which involved, a lot of the time, actually getting on the stage, next to the musicians. I mean within inches. It wasn’t popular with everyone…

Those 18 months were a springboard to greater things – people I met, contacts I made and photos I gave away for free, it all helped. I took literally thousands of photos, these are a few of my favourites.

I haven’t really done any live music stuff for about 3 years now, but I still have all the friends I made.


  1. Mohsin

    This comes from the heart; you are an amazing photographer! There are a lot of people out there who are good at taking pictures, but you sir are at a whole new level! And I love the back story included! Keep on doing, what you do best!


  2. I tried my hand at photographing live acts once upon a time so I know how difficult it is to do it well and do so consistently. Unlike me, Phil, it is quite apparent that you have mastered the skill. These are great portraits.


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