Round Up: 2016 Edition

A few favourite niblets from 2016.

Roundup is something you spray on weeds.
An uninteresting fact for an interesting year…And that’s all I need to say about that.

So let’s go ahead and take a look at my top five favourite moments from the year that was!
How I’m not still in radio, I have no idea.  I mean, clearly I know a good segue when I write one.

In case you forgot, backstage and documentary photography are my thang, so a weeklong project doing just that at one of the country’s most beautiful recording studios was an absolute dream.
This shoot was originally for the good folk at APRA, and a selection of images featured in the print edition of Metro Magazine the following month.
October saw my photos of Ciaran McMeeken and MAALA from that week be included in Auckland Museum’s Volume Exhibition.  Fancy!
It’s a pleasure to be featured amongst some of New Zealand’s top photographers from past and present, and one of my dreams from years back.
The extensive exhibition also includes an array of NZ music memorabilia from different sources, along with some of my live images, and will be available for your peepers right through until May 2017.

Tim Burgess and The Charlatans
I’ve such a soft spot for Tim Burgess.  He’s got to be the most darling-ist of darlings that has been there since I started this photographic journey back in the days when Myspace was at it’s peak.  Yes, I’m still banging on about Myspace.
Tim has always inspired me to keep going, and to remember why I ever started out in the first place.  He’s a constant reminder to be the best human I can be and to continue to grow and find new ways to just be.  If that’s not special, I don’t know what is…
So for that and many other reasons, there was no way I was going to miss out on shooting him and The Charlatans in Melbourne for the first time.
It was beautiful.  Tim was beautiful.  And I look forward to more times like this in the future.  Happyface.

Eagles of Death Metal
It’s safe to say I’ve been a fan of these guys for a good number of years now, and up until March, I’d only photographed them once before.
That was pre-Paris, and the results weren’t quite what I was hoping for, (basically a bit shit) so having another opportunity at a more intimate venue was pure delight!
Security was pretty hardcore at The Powerstation that night, and I remember feeling a bit uneasy at first, but once I was in the pit and the band were on stage, I was good to go.
This truly was one of my most memorable shows to date with sooo much love in the room from the band, which was reflected right back at them from the crowd.
Now if someone could get Jesse Hughes a big bowl of Hokey Pokey ice cream that would be great!

Photos are available on UndertheRadar right here.

Noel Fielding Live
Like any photographer, seeing my photos in print is always a treat, but having one of my favourite shots on the cover of a vinyl from the greatest goddamn chicken boy I know – Noel Fielding is beyond!
I was thrilled to shoot the man in all his caped glory in Auckland last year, and even more so to have one of the images feature on his limited edition print run which came out mid 2016.
The special package was designed by Dave Brown and included a beautiful vinyl, illustration by Noely, and of course my picture on the sleeve!
I think they may have all sold out now, so if you managed to get your hands on one of the 5000 copies, count yourself one lucky triangle!

Richie Ramone Band
Just like Eagles of Death Metal, this show is up there as one of the best I’ve been to / shot.
Whammy! Bar holds so many memories, and to see such a legend down there was simply amazeballs.  Imagine that for one second if you will.  Simple balls filled with amaze.  #Yes.
Honestly, I had no idea what I was going to witness, but it’s safe to say that there was plenty of rock diffused with happiness and…manners?
Some dude in the crowd decided it was a great idea to pull the fingers at Ronnie Simmons, (seriously never understood why that was a thing) and to his shock horror, Mr. Ramone jumped off the stage and returned the favour.  Right in his face.  #Good.  Once the song was over, he hopped back into the crowd to give the guy a hug.  #Cute.

I absolutely love my images from the night, which you can view on UndertheRadar here.

So that’s that.
Deciding on a top five was more difficult than I thought, so that’s cool!
I’m so looking forward to the new year, and wish you all the very best for yours!

With love and light,
Amanda x