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Farino in the Stairwell

When the high-energy, foot-stompingly good guitar duo, Farino, performed at The Mill Sessions last year [see – Farino at the Mill Sessions], I did a photo shoot with them for The Mill’s Hall of Fame.

When they were invited back for another high-energy, foot-stompingly good gig at The Mill last Friday, I did another photo shoot with them in the afternoon before their performance.

To be honest they really hadn’t changed that much in the intervening 14 months, so doing another set of headshots seemed a bit pointless. Instead I thought I’d try and go for something a bit more compositionally interesting, looking at the use of lines and shapes.

I had a few ideas, which I was pretty certain would look good, but they based around the idea of being outside with plenty of light and space. Unfortunately it was chucking it down with rain that had no intention of easing off.

After trying out a couple of potential places, we settled on the stairwell of The Mill.

Making the most of diagonals

More sweeping shapes

The gig was sold out, which was good for the local band supporting them, as it gave them a bit more exposure to a warm crowd. This was particularly good news for me, as the local band was Scruffy Buzzards – the one I’m in.

I’ve gone back and checked through past posts and am surprised to discover I’ve not blogged about Scruffy Buzzards at all, and this is the first mention of them. I will rectify that soon, but for those who interested, you can find out more about us on Facebook here:


Anonymous said...

I was thinking just that when I read the name of the band, which by the way I love. I'd not heard mention of it here. Cool and also the Scruffy Buzzards on Facebook.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Allen. The name came from the bass player's daughter's suggestion and we all liked it, so it stuck :)

hope said...

Cool name for a group!

mapstew said...

Hope it was a blast for ye, nice pics. :¬)

Kim Ayres said...

Hope - it usually raises a few smiles :)

Mapstew - thank you :)
It was fun. It was only the 3rd proper gig for the band, so unlike the seasoned professional you are, playing in front of a crowd is still pretty new and a bit nerve wracking to me. At the moment I'm enjoying it more afterwards than I am at the time :)

mapstew said...

Kim, someone asked me recently if I was ever going to stop performing. (And yes, myself and my drummer are celebrating 30 years together in this business this year!) I think not being able to perform to a crowd would be my Hell!

Keep enjoying! :¬)

Pat said...

Strange how - for me, the second one works much better.
I think it's ace.

Kim Ayres said...

Mapstew - in other areas, such as running courses and giving talks, I'm perfectly comfortable up in front of lots of people - indeed I quite enjoy it. I'm hoping that it's only a matter of time before the same thing happens with the music :)

Pat - thank you - I much prefer the 2nd one too :)

David Mark Williams - Poet said...

Love these photos, Kim. They are so dynamic. Your portraits are wonderful of course but I've always been especially attracted to the occasional pieces you do where the subject is placed within a field of objects. Hope you do more like this.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Mark. If you have any ideas you'd like to model for, then let me know :)

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