Armed with ear plugs and my camera, I was invited by SLaM to get some photographs of them rehearsing in The Green Rooms studios in Treforest, South Wales. Riff Clitchard had told me that they were a heavy metal band, which wasn’t my usual musical preference, but I do like a little rock. The studio was quite compact, with awful lighting that wasn’t conducive to the best photography, but you have to work with what you’ve got. I didn’t want to use a flash as I wanted to be as inconspicuous as I could be. Well, as a photographer can ever be pointing a lens at people.
Rif and his two fellow bands mates, Mave Dustaine and Whorley Chatts were great. They’ve got experience in the music industry and have a plan. I hope to help them with that plan.
After a little warmup, SLaM slammed into some heavy guitar riffs with the drums thrashing out the rhythm. It was awesome. The energy is the room was buzzing and you could tell that Riff, Mave and Whorley just loved playing. I clicked away with my Canon 5D, changing the lens to a fisheye at one stage to get some ‘different’ shots and hopefully captured some of the character of the band. Several times I had to force myself to stop tapping my foot to the music. For someone who was brought up on Ska and Mod music, I was enjoying this far too much. But, then again, this was good stuff.
A great way to spend a Saturday evening and I can’t wait to work with the band again. Despite the earplugs, my ears are still ringing!