When it comes to documenting the local scene, particularly on the heavier side of the spectrum, there are few Newcastle photographers as passionate as Joshua Nash.
If you have ever been to a local show at venues like the Hamilton Station Hotel, chances are you’ve seen Joshua up the front tirelessly snapping away.
Joshua’s love of music is palpable in the images he creates and now he is sharing with you his top five favourite pics.
Starcrawler – 48 Watt Street
This was an incredible show that I was lucky enough to shoot for Newcastle Live (THANKS!)
As with all shows I shoot I was using a Sony A7RIII with either a 50mm or 28/75 lens – it’s the perfect combo for lowlight concert setups.
Front person Arrow de Wilde threw herself over the barrier, simulated sex with her microphone, roughhoused with her bandmates and ending the show spitting “blood”. Part Courtney Love, Iggy Pop, GG Allin and a younger PJ Harvey.
There was so much happening on stage that I didn’t have to pick my moment.
Bitchcraft – The Cambridge / I Hate People -Hamilton Station Hotel / Boudicca – Hamilton Station Hotel
Three socially and politically charged local acts. I love shooting the bigger shows but my passion isheavily rooted in documenting the local scene.
We’re spoilt for choice in this town.
Given a lot of local shows happen in smaller venues (sometimes DIY) the Sony A7RIII is a lifesaver. It works a treat in those lowlight moments.
I think these three photographs capture the passion of these acts rather well. They always deliver.
From memory these shots were taken with my trust 50mm lens – I use it more often than not.
The Neptune Power Federation – Hamilton Station Hotel
The Neptune Power Federation is led by the Imperial Princess and armed with a gang of chaps from various genre-hopping bands.
Shooting this band is easy – they practically give you the images on a platter.
Having the opportunity to photograph theatrical performances – be it live music, drag shows or theatre – is incredibly fun.