I am still recovering from the three night stint of New York Dolls at The Cluny here in Newcastle. It has been like the holiday season to be photographing a band I admire and have followed for all of my adult life and before – which is a long time.
I was lucky enough to see Johnny Thunders play at Newcastle Riverside – back then never in my wildest dreams could I have envisaged seeing the New York Dolls playing at a pub under Byker Bridge – I feel now anything is possible.
In 2004 I saw their first reunion at Royal Festival Hall at the time I thought it was going to be their two gigs at that venue then they would go back to doing their solo work – since they have delivered two strong relevant albums songs from which they play in their live set- they are not just are not just relying on past glories. It was good to hear some new songs at the gigs from their new album which they are recording here in Newcastle.
You can see my photographs from their Royal Festival Hall gig on my Flickr page
Anyhow I must admit I felt more pressure than normal shooting these gigs as I really wanted to do the band justice at such keynote gigs for our area.
The images are in my Live Music Gallery the links are:
Taken With L-U-V
Hope you like them
I have made a slide show as a tribute to the long-term friendship of David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain . The bond between them seems so strong and was so refreshing to see them and the band relaxed and having such a good time during their three night stint at The Cluny in my hometown of Newcastle. I will be adding more photographs from the gigs to my gallery soon
New York Dolls Newcastle Cluny 5 September 2010-2616.jpg, originally uploaded by david.wala.
I have added some photographs of New York Dolls to my Flickr site. I will be adding some on this site soon.
In the meantime the links to the sets are:
Big D And The Kids Table Rebellion Festival Blackpool 7 August 2010-8165.jpg, originally uploaded by david.wala.
I have put all my photographs from Rebellion Festival into one collection on Flickr. The link is:
I hope you like them.
It was so good to be able to photograph at Rebellion Festival. It was an intense day I worked none stop from 1pm until the New York Dolls wrapped up the day at 2 o’clock on Sunday morning – it was intense but so much fun I wouldn’t have it any other way.
It was all things punk including sticks of Blackpool punk rock – I hope to be there next year.
I done a photo shoot with Union Choir for Narc magazine which proved to be fun. It was outdoors on a typical rainy summer’s evening in South Shields. The first location had to be abandoned because of too many chavs hanging around the bandstand. We then ended up in another nearby park.
The band were really co-operative and it was easy to work with them they seemed on the whole to be relaxed in front of the camera – I was expecting five members but there was actually eight. Overall I am pleased with the shots and have put some of them in the Portrait Gallery. Check out the band at the Union Choir Myspace.
I have also updated my published work section including recent shots of Carl Barat, Adam, Green, and Jesse Malin. I am also pleased that The Doors Alive are using my photographs from Newcastle Academy from back in January to promote their forthcoming tour. I also please to see my Evolution images used by Culture Deluxe magazine
My Instax For The people has gone quiet this month I have added a few images to the gallery but I need more people so if you see me with my Instax camera you know I could be looking for you to participate in my project.