To kick off 2019 I went out to Europe with Beartooth where they provided direct support for Architects on their Holy Hell run. This was slated to be a huge tour boasting room sizes up to 12,500 people, something I had never done before outside of festivals. Brimming with excitement I felt it was the perfect place to put my new Leica M6 TTL to the test. Armed with an assortment of films (Portra 400, Portra 800, Delta 400, Ektachrome 100), I tried a variety of settings trying to find the perfect set up for shooting shows. Unfortunately that doesn’t exist. Never the less I had fun attempting/failing/succeeding in covering a live metal show with an analog range finder from 1999.
Prior to the Holy Hell tour, I didn’t think film would be able to manage the insane task of shooting a live concert. Fast movement and horrendously bright flashing lights in an otherwise pitch black room are not exactly the ideal circumstances for a slow and thoughtful process like film photography. However, after a few successful experimental shots on some Portra 400, I thought I’d try a roll of Portra 800.
During Architects’ Berlin show I ventured into the photo pit for their first two songs and shot a roll. These are some of my favourite shots. Considering I’d never shot a roll during a concert I was surprised to find more than a couple decent shots. My next test will be the Fuji Superia 1600 during the next part of Beartooth’s Disease Tour.
Leica M6 TTL
Kodak Portra 800
Leica (Leitz) 35mm F2
When I was 22, I decided to move my entire life to Tokyo, Japan. After finishing university I packed my bags, found a roommate, and got a sweet apartment just outside the neighbourhood of Ikebukuro in north Tokyo. 3 months later I was back on a plane to Canada, there was a myriad of reasons I decided to return home, and I realize now that I was more lost in my own sense of purpose than anything to do with the place I was living. It wouldn’t be another year until I quit the desk job I was working to start freelancing as a filmmaker full time. Now I spend a month in Japan every year shooting projects for myself and a variety of companies. The idea of even being a filmmaker or photographer for my full time job was not even a dream, it was just something that couldn’t happen. How wrong I was.
These photos are from that time of uneasiness and uncertainty, they carry a sort of melancholic drama in them to me. At the time, I was trying to understand why I wasn’t happy living in the place I had dreamed of moving to for years.
To be paired with Mount Kimbie’s album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’