The Lake Poets Evolution Launch Newcastle 21 February 2013, a set on Flickr.
Some images from this morning’s launch for Evolution Festival 2013 featuring The Lake Poets
For more info see http://www.facebook.com/evofest?fref=ts
Enter Shikari Newcastle Academy 9 December 2012-7.jpg, originally uploaded by david.wala.
I have not posted on here for awhile but check out my Flickr site for all my latest concert photography
I have just made a gallery to show the first bach of images from the Instamatic for the People project. They feature Howler, Collectors Club, The Neat and Sound of Guns. Click on the picture below to visit it:
Nearly every day I use my digital camera. So I am excited about starting a new film based project – I have already started this and I can’t wait to put some of the images online ( this should be next week) .
I am also firing up my Instax camera to do some more images from my Instamatic for the People project – more details will also follow for this.
This is a personal project and I am looking forward to new adventures ahead
I love to be close to the action – you can just see the Vans of a stage diver as he returns to the crowd.
Jordan Gatesmith – Howler one of the most exciting live bands around. Their debut album is also filled with energy and great songs.
More of my images from the gig are here:
After weeks of preparation and days and nights of shooting I was so proud and relieved to have finished my third music video for the Greeting Committee’s new single Show Me the Lights of Home released on End of the Trail Records
It was great to see our ideas which we discussed in their practice room, actually evolve into this music video. I am especially happy to include cakes and cricket in this video
I am a big fan of Jesse Malin and love his take on P.M.A., we really needed positive thinking to complete the location shoots for the video. We had to endure heavy rain on both days which scuppered our original plans for many of the scenes, but the band and everyone involved had a totally positive attitude and will to get things done – even if it meant filming into the early hours of the morning.
It was great to work with such talented people from whom I can learn – Dan Horn was especially helpful as he has experience in filming, and had a load of helpful suggestions.
A big thank you also to the actors,Dan Horn, Olwyn Currie, Rebecca Currie , Chris Hardy, as well as the extras that came along in the rain and mud to help make this happen.
Also a big thank you to Paul Burgess for helping out in so many ways – he is also the genius behind the single artwork and many other things – you can find his work here. It was above and beyond that Karen and Alex Burgess also came down to the shoot, and even supplied the scary doll on Steve’s turntable
This was to me an ambitious project, but I am pleased we did not play it safe and here are the results. I hope you like it:
I was lucky enough to shoot the mighty Dan Sartain’s gig at The Lexington.
It was a sensational gig – just played with a smile and everyone had fun – the way it should be.
Check him out here http://dansartain.com/
Collectors Club Photo Shoot Newcastle February 2012-3.jpg, originally uploaded by david.wala.
Last night I was lucky enough to shoot the sell out Black Stone Cherry gig at Newcastle Academy, and the Ajimal single launch The Literary & Philosophical Society ( Lit and Phil).
I feel very lucky to be at both.
Personally it was so good to see Fran’s launch for the new Ajimal single and see so many people from Newcastle that I knew at the gig in the awesome Lit and Phil
I went from this:
We have an exciting music scene here in the north East of England
The Misfits Newcastle Academy 4 February 2012-9.jpg, originally uploaded by david.wala.
Trailer Trash Tracys Newcastle o2 Academy 29 January 2012-1.jpg, originally uploaded by david.wala.
Ginger and Friends Newcastle Academy 9 December 2011-1.jpg, originally uploaded by david.wala.
Ginger returns to Newcastle
Wednesday night will always hold happy memories for me. Here are some photographs from the exhibition and gig. Thank you Jill O’Donnell for the lovely photographs x
Thank you to everyone who helped with the exhibition and came down last – it was touching to see so many old and new friends.
As Simon Donald mentioned last night the book of all the images o from the exhibition are online.
The cost is £16.95 – the cost from Blurb is £11.95 and the £5.00 is profit is for Teenage Cancer Trust. The books are sent directly by Blurb
The link is
Here is a quick rundown to tonight’s bands and performers and how I feel about. Please excuse any typos but I am running way behind schedule – I will amend any mistakes tomorrow x
The Greeting Committee are headlining tonight.I am sure they will blow the roof off the place. I have done photographs with them and done some filming at a sublime acoustic performance at a Sunderland radio station
Brilliant Mind Have supported my work and vice versa. We have all become good friends over the years. I especially appreciate what they are doing tonight they have rehearsed a special acoustic set as Paul their drummer is away – much respect.
Gem has such beautiful emotive songs – they make me cry (in a good way)
Super talented band making their debut blogged about them yesterday – just so excitiied and honoured to be at their debut gig – no pics yet of the band but here are some recent shots
An absolute all round top man – the only person who has ever brought me a beer from the dressing room to the photography pit – that alone makes him a top man but he has helpful and supportive- he will be doing a DJ set tonight
Simon has been helpful through the years - a good hearted guy as well as being super talented – can’t wait to see what he does tonight. We need to do some pix
Special thank you to Allan and Jill what a team – thanks for hanging all the frames. Also to my friend Mark at http://www.tynemouthstationframes.com/ for putting up with all the last minute shenanigans
Today is the final day of my Instamatic for the People project tomorrow the final images will be framed and made ready for the exhibition.
So I have decided to open up my studio to any local musicians that want to come down and be photographed for this project. I will be here until 9pm this evening so come on down. For most of the day I expect I will be doing my normal work of editing photographs, doing lighting tests, and messing around on Facebook – please come down and make me get busy. It will only take five minutes to take the photograph.
My studio is at:
High Bridge Studios and Gallery
39 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
It is in the city centre – not far from the Theatre Royal and the Bigg Market. Search David Wala Photography on google maps for details.
Below are some photographs taken this morning :
Things are running to schedule so far, although O am sure there will be some last-minute panic.
This morning I dropped the majority of my photographs with the super talented Mark at www.tynemouthstationframes.com – without any prompting he offered to do my framing at cost as my event is for charity – much respect and gratitude – if you believe in good karma it should be coming your way.
Still more people to photograph – I am going to keep photographing until Monday morning so if there are any bands in the North East of England that want to get involved you are all welcome – this project is totally inclusive and democratic
The Lake Poets Newcastle Cluny 22 March 2011-5773.jpg, originally uploaded by david.wala.
I am happy with the framing and vantage point of this shot of the supremely talented The Lake Poets at The Cluny.
I am delighted that Paul Smith agreed to participate in my Instamatic For The People project.
Last week I caught up with him at his in store gig at RPM records.
I am hoping to stage an exhibition of these images in 2011 – in the meantime you can see the images in the Instamatic for the People gallery.