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Farino at The Mill Sessions

The 4th of the Mill Sessions this year took place on Wednesday, and this time featured accoustic guitar duo, "Farino".

As with previous sessions (see Sean Taylor, Beth Fouracre and Becc Sanderson & Graeme Stephen), I was given time to get some photos of them before the gig started.

Unlike previous sessions, however, the seasons have moved on, and it is now light in the early evenings. Additionally, with The Mill on the Fleet open again for the tourist season, the empty gallery space I used for the last 3 photo sessions is no longer available.

So I turned up early to try and find another possible area. After searching inside and out, I was directed to a closed off, derelict part of the complex, which had plenty of space and light.

Guitar duo, Farino

There was also a great old weathered area of wall that added a wonderful texture in the background for close-up portraits

Graeme Wrightson

John Shepherd


When we were heading back over to the main building, I realised we were in the "golden hour" where photography is concerned - when the sun is low in the sky, giving everything a golden hue.


Like last time with Becc Sanderson, I recorded one of their songs on my camera. It was a close run thing - the memory card would have run out if it had gone on for another 15 seconds.

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I should also mention, the support act, warming up and getting everyone in the mood was talented local singer-songwriter Marcus S Wright, and I also managed to squeeze a quick photo session in with him too.

Marcus S Wright

The room was packed, and the atmosphere and playing were superb. It was a great evening.

You can hear more of Farino's music on their MySpace page, here
And Marcus's music can be found on his MySpace page, here

As always, feel free to click on any of the images for larger versions


A Daft Scots Lass said...

Awesome musicians

Kim Ayres said...

They are indeed :)

Vương Tử Trực said...


Synergy Gallery said...

cool Kim

Attila The Mom said...

Kim these are just fantastic!

mapstew said...


Mr. Shepherd looks like a member of my clan! :¬)

savannah said...


well done you, outstanding images!


hope said...

These photos amaze me and yet it's the Black and White ones which show the most character. Well done!

Jayne Martin said...

Those guys are smokin'! They'd really be fun to see in person.

Anonymous said...

Wow those guys are amazing. Real virtuosos. Great photos Kim. Although I'd prefer to be there to see them I thought it's really cool I can watch them in the comfort of my home.

Kim Ayres said...

Vương Tử Trực - thank you :)

Katie - thank you :)

Attila - thank you :)

Mapstew - he's from Hull - do you have any relatives over there?

Savannah - thank you :)

Hope - the individual B&W shots are my favourite - single faces are what I like to photograph the most

Jayne - they were great live - and of course the sound quality in the room was much better than the camera picks up

Allen - I love technology (when it works...)

Pat said...

Don't you have one of the best jobs?
Another rip-roaring success. I love the contrast between the drama of the B&W and the lyricism of the sunlit ones.
Great post!

Kim Ayres said...

Pat - If I could just find a way of getting paid, then yes, it would indeed be one of the best jobs :)

Guyana-Gyal said...

I quite like the sunlit photos. They make me think of the photos I've seen from the 60's, they have this 'I'd like to teach the world to sing' sort of feeling.

I can't wait to come back to listen!

I hope you find a way to earn from your photos, Kim.

Mary Witzl said...

Great musicians, Kim, and those photographs are fantastic too. Wish I could have been there.

Kim Ayres said...

Guyana-Gyal - well, if you can find someone who would like to fly me out to Guyana to do their photo, I'll do yours for free :)

Mary - I think you'd have really enjoyed it. But Moffat to Gatehouse is a bit of a trek

Alessandra said...

You take good portraits, it makes me feel like trying to use more black and white.


Kim Ayres said...

Alessandra - thank you :)

When we remove the colour from images, we are forced to look at line, texture and form much more, and this can change the way we see things. Some images work better in B&W, some in colour. The more you play with it, the more you build up a sense of what will work or not :)

Anonymous said...

The photos are magnificent as all ways! Love the B & W and the first color one is perfection! And then there's the music video...rousing in a very elegant kind of way, I loved it...thanks for sharing!

David Mark Williams - Poet said...

Thanks for capturing the whole essence of that evening, Kim. It was very special and Farino are amazing. I am so glad I was there. And really proud to be your roadie!

Kim Ayres said...

Theanne & Baron - thank you :)

Mark - your assistance was greatly appreciated :)

Carole said...

You keep coming up with new ways to make your photos interesting. The sunlight behind the hair was cool.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Carole :)

TalesNTypos said...

Oooh Kim, they're good. Thanks for sharing.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Adila :)

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