As a music photographer, you quickly get used to several things that happen at most gigs and becomes part of your routine. This gig included none of the previous patterns any gig I've shot. Bear with me as I try to explain my unique experience in the words/images that follow.
First three songs (no flash) is a classic which 95% of gigs abide by. This band asked that no photos are taken in the first 30 minutes of the set. This was because the first song lasted for roughly that length of time, and by song I mean; dude on stage chanting into the microphone, with NO lights on stage. Like, in the dark.
At a smaller gig, you will usually push the ISO on your camera to compensate for the inevitable lack of light. I found myself moving into uncharted territory with my ISO, with 4000}+ being used at the gig. For those unfamiliar with ISO, it digitally boosts the image so you can get clearer/sharper images whilst sacrificing the grain of the photo (at a normal gig I'll use ISO 1250-1600)
The general experience of the gig was like nothing I'd experienced as I walked into the venue in complete darkness, a large crowd watching in silence, as a man in a huge hooded cloak (basically Emperor Palpatine) who chanted at varying levels for a good 30+ minutes.
As strange as it was, I couldn't help but grow to appreciate what was going on. The pitch of vocalswere amazing, so low I didn't even realise a person could sing at that level. When the band joined the lead vocals, the bass they produced was ridiculous, to the point where my eyesight was distorted as my eyeballs were vibrating. I'd heard stories of how nausea and other side effects were common place within the crowd at previous Sunno))) gigs. I could believe that.
The lack of light was compounded by the extreme bass you experienced at front of stage, and that was challenging enough, but just for good measure they decided to deploy at least 4 smoke machines every 30 seconds. this gave very limited opportunities where smoke cleared and lighting was working with me. So I think I came out with 12-15 images I could maybe use. A tough gig alright.
If I ever come into bother at a gig, I can always look back and think 'Sure, at least it's not a Sunno))) gig'