Let me begin this photo blog with a slew of complaints.
First, knowing that she wanted to go to the concert, I asked my sister to buy me a ticket online. She said yes. A month later, I asked her if she has taken care of it. To my horror, turned out she hasn't purchased any ticket yet. So I scrambled to get online to buy a VIP ticket, and the closest and best seat I could get was 28 rows from the stage. Jeesh, that's already quite far, because I wanted to shoot!
On the way to the concert, which was held in World Trade Center in Pasay (far from my preferred Araneta Coliseum), I left Bulacan late because I came from a festival shoot earlier in the day. Ergo, I arrived in the venue late, with the WTC parking lot already full and I settled on a parking spot about 300 meters from the concert place. Which compounded matters for me : I decided to leave my Canon 7D in the car, because what if they didn't allow it inside and I had to walk all the way back to the car and go back inside the venue again? So to avoid the hassle, I dropped my plan of attempting to sneak in and shooting with a DSLR. This was another job for the puny but mighty EOS M. (Security ALMOST didn't allow my 135mm lens inside, I just told them I left the camera and just took the lens with me to avoid further loss in case my car got broken into. Suckers.)
As I entered the venue, I couldn't help but notice how young the crowd was. Seriously, I felt SO old! When I watch concerts of 60's, 70's, even 80's artists, I feel young. But this Phoenix concert is the first time I felt I was too old for this. To make things worse, I felt like a dork going to a concert alone.
The place was cramped, the make-shift stage was small and too low in terms of shooting angle, the VIP seats looked and felt un-VIP. The night wasn't going too well for me. I just told myself, "I came here for the music." Whenever I saw another thing I didn't like, I told myself, "I came here for the music." People crowding the VIP area and rendered the seat plan useless... I came for the music. A record amount of gadget/device shooters to make shooting almost impossible.... I came for the music.
But you know what? Something happened and turned things around for me. Phoenix happened.
AWESOME AWESOME band! Pure energy, hyper flow of music, just ecstatically fantastic. They're so good, I'm putting this concert as one of the Top 3 I've seen in my life (and I've watched A LOT). I'm glad I didn't miss this one.
I came for the music, sure, but also tried my best shooting. It was difficult but I think I did a decent job with it. Here are my photos from the super fun concert :
From the mess to the masses. Thanks for looking!
(I want Passion Pit next!)