Thumpermonkey in the dark
Scroll down a bit and you will see that, in November, I took some pictures of the tremendous Thumpermonkey at the Believer’s Roast all-dayer. We made contact a bit later and set up a shoot. It took us a while to schedule something but I’m really glad we worked it out.
Working with Thumpermonkey (Lives!) was another fruitful collaboration. We planned some experiments with long exposures and multiple light sources. Whereas TCE normally shoot with at least a degree of available light, we primarily needed a location where we could make it totally dark. We used a rehearsal studio in Balham. It took me 75 minutes to drive the 12 miles across London on a Sunday lunchtime. I listened to their excellent CD We Bake Our Bread Beneath Her Holy Fire as I drove (until I got stuck in traffic and realised I needed something less arch, complex, incandescent and massive to avoid having a heart attack).
Ben, the drummer, provided an insanely eclectic soundtrack from his iPod, which helped as the band threw many an odd shape in the dark box of a room.
We did some high-key “This is us” shots to get started but the main goal of the session was to create some in-camera transformations. This was mostly done with low output light sources, like night lights and penlight torches. We worked with ten to fifteen second exposures and lots of counting out loud to time movements and manually fired handheld Speedlites.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon EF 35 F/1.4L
F/10 10seconds ISO-400