Yet again Victorious festival in Southsea brought out the people, the acts and the weather, all of it! Didn't stop anyone having an amazing weekend. Some big names performing this year with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Manic Street Preachers, Ash, Wolfmother, Annie Mac, Mark Ronson, Jack Savoretti, Space, and for me lots of new bands too; Pretty Vicious were pretty good!
This year I went to the festival on a Press Pass as a photographer. I didn't just photograph the characters on stage but the ones watching too. All together that tells the real story of Victorious.
On Saturday I had been the photographer for a beautiful wedding at Southdowns Manor, (more of that to come later but you can sneak a peek here!). Sunday was all about the festival. I decided to pick a selection of performers to photograph and spend the rest of my time amongst the people, photographing the crowds that make the festival what it truly is. Shown is a highlighted selection of the photography I created at Victorious Festival 2016. There is a much larger gallery available for publication and also a gallery available to order high quality prints. Scroll to the end for links (and my contact details for publication/editorial).
Mostly the festival was good fun though somewhat a challenge too. I used 2 cameras, the Sony A7Rii and Sony A7ii with a selection of Zeiss, Sony and Canon lenses. These cameras are fantastic and I use them for all my wedding, portrait and editorial work. (For the technical folk; Lots of these photos are taken at 25,600ISO!) Although most of the Sony kit is compact it was still an effort to lug the bag through the crowds between acts, mainly due to the selection of lenses but mostly just the one big heavy lens!. Having to get from the Castle stage through the huge crowd waiting at the common stage to get in the photographers pit for Noel Gallagher was a big big effort. The photographers entrance being in front of the stage meant having to say "excuse me" more times in 15 minutes than I have said my entire life! Most of the crowd were obliging so we will focus on those kind people and thank them. Hope all the appreciate the efforts made. I guess all this is part of the festival fun (though my legs and shoulders now think otherwise!)
(Lenses used: Zeiss Batis 85/1.8, Sony Zeiss 35/2.8, Sony 28/2, Canon 70-200/2.8 L IS (the big heavy one!).
Bag: Think Tank Retrospective 30. Fuel: Natures Valley Oat crunch bars!)
If you were one of the lucky people at Victorious I hope you had an awesome weekend. If you spot yourself here or anyone you know please leave a comment, I can put the photo on Facebook so you can surprise them with a tag! (We've already had a few in touch spotted in the crowd!).
Remember; there is a much larger gallery available for publication/editorial and also a gallery available to order high quality prints. Scroll to the end for links to each and my contact details for editorial.
Live acts photography shown in reverse order:
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds:
A packed crowd and a packed photographers pit for Noel Gallagher but still managed to get a few of you while you were waiting. Nice framing by the tambourine man!
"WOMAN!" Wolfmother are one of my all time favourites. I'm no music critique so I will keep any talk of the music to myself but I did feel somewhat more than just a photographer at work during their act so decided to focus my lens on the fans reaction even more; especially during "Woman". Being a Wolfmother fan myself I knew just the right times for the reactions; mainly because I was singing along while photographing! Startingthis selection with my very favourite photo of the whole of Victorious; Wolfmother lead Andrew Stockdale headbanging and thoroughly enjoying it! He has since said on social media that it was the best turn out for their song "Victorious" ever!
"She's a women
you know what I mean
you better listen
listen to me
She's gonna set you free yeah yeah YEAHHH...."
Wolfmother Drummer, Alex Carapetis, also clearly loving this headbanging moment!
Ian Peres, Wolfmother bass and keyboards (sometimes at the same time!) sharing a deep (and loud) moment with the one he loves:
and this couldn't get left out, especially for those two guys in the background!
Between acts: This shows the walk way between stage and the sound desk and forms part of the photographers pit. In this case it looks to have separated a tiff!:
In the wings:
"Though she never told me her name
I still love you Girl From Mars"...:
Audience in both awe and "I might be at the wrong stage":
and in 3 images the feelings from the fans, waiting with much anticipation having got to the very front:
Before the next act a quick walk around to see some of the people that make up the festival...
All the girls swooned, ALL of them!
Front row to the right of me:
Though it has got to be said, he is pretty good:
front row to the left:
Brad Griffiths, lead vocals and guitar of Pretty Vicious
moving swiftly on (or going where no man has gone before......)
...the final band, or at least for this article.
All these images and hundreds more from Victorious 2016 can be viewed and prints purchased in the galleries (with the excpetion of Noel Gallagher, see below for details)
Victorious in Black and White : http://www.saintecroix.co.uk/victoriousfestival2016photographsblackandwhite
Victorious in Colour! http://www.saintecroix.co.uk/victoriousfestival2016photographscolour
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ON ALL IMAGES. ©Adam de-Ste-Croix of Sainte Croix Photography
For any publication or editorial usage please contact me. Some of these images have further license by the artists. I am not responsible for any improper use of these images.
(Noel Gallagher prints are not or sale due to his request that images are purely for editorial usage. Please contact me for details).
Those of you I met, fantastic! Those of you I'm yet to meet, let yourself be known; contact me!
This one last photo shows my friend Hannah that helped me to get a press pass. (Thanks Hannah!). This photo was taken during Noel Gallagher. You can see how busy the photographers pit is, no room to move! Noel was right in front of me also just after I had taken this and looked at me as if to say "why aren't you pointing that camera at me!"
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