Franz Ferdinand & Sparks at The Phoenix, Toronto
I'm not going to lie to you and pretend I wasn't a big bag of nerves walking into the Phoenix to shoot my first gig for Corus Entertainment. I'm not going to lie to you and pretend I didn't have two pints to calm my nerves. I had been to the Phoenix numerous times over the years, for concerts for Saturday night dancing to alternative rock, but never have I been there to shoot a band.
A month before, I was at an out door concert shooting performers at different kinds of day light and concert lighting, now standing in front of the stage in a black dungeon that is the Phoenix, I figured I would mess it up and it would end up being my last shoot. That was not the case, instinct kicked in and I started shooting people around the stage.
I started shooting the set. I watched the faces of the people around me. I got into the zone. By the time Franz Ferdinand & Sparks hit the stage, my adrenaline was pumping and I remembered to trust my instincts and have fun. You're shooting a band you have loved since college!? Have fun! And I did.
The energy of the crowd combined with the power house of FFS made my first concert for Corus Entertainment an amazing experience. I have been to concerts most of my life, I was always more interested in how they light the stage than watching the band perform. There is nothing in life I love more than light; bending it, capturing it, using it to build a portrait. Now add music to the mix? How did I become so lucky?
Copyright Laura Polischuik | Photographer 2015