Live Through The Lens is a series of photo galleries and interviews, celebrating the work of Australian and New Zealand photographers who regularly capture those unforgettable moments our favourite artists and bands deliver while performing live on stage.
Hear directly from the photographers about what it felt like to shoot that concert. From the very first drum kick in an opening track to the passion and intensity a band/artist delivers while the sound of a roaring crowd thunders behind them from the photo pit. Take a trip with us Live Through The Lens as photographer Sammy Roenfeldt remembers the electric energy of Architects performing in Adelaide and reminds us why we love live music and shows.
How did Architects begin their show? Do you remember anything specific and could you describe how the crowd reacted?
I remember Sam Carter walking out on stage and the crowd just losing their shit. Architects opened with ‘Death is Not Defeat’ and the crowd were singing the intro with Sam at the top of their lungs. You knew straight away this was going to be one hell of a show.
Architects are known for putting on amazing stage shows – can you tell us about this tour’s production and stage set up? How did it amplify their performance?
Architects production is always next level. This tours production had a huge L.E.D screen spanning the whole length of the stage, combined with a pretty full-on lighting rig. They had different graphics and colours for different songs and it really just added a whole new level to each song.
What was the hardest part about this concert to capture?
Strobes and darker front lighting definitely added a higher level of difficulty to the shoot, but in saying that, it also made the show so much more epic. As a concert photographer, you need to adapt to any and all lighting situations and get creative with what you are faced with. I was really stoked with how the shots ended out.
What production elements do you think makes a concert or artist great to photograph?
Honestly, I think it really depends on the artist. I think as long as the production compliments the artist, its always going to be great to photograph.
Who’s on your bucket list to shoot? If you could shoot any artist, who would it be and why?
I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph a lot of artists and bands over the years. Although I’ve already photographed her during her RED Tour, I’d love to be able to photograph Taylor Swift again. Her shows/productions are just something else and would be incredible to document again. I’d also love to photograph Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Miley Cryus.
Where can we find more of your work?
You can check out more of my work at www.sammyro.com.au. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using the handle @sammyroenfeldt. You can also be blessed with many movies and photos of my Whippet Pippins.
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