Daniel Boud is an award-winning Sydney music photographer, who blogs and documents his work on his site Boudist. His portraits of musicians & creatives have been a particular focus within his freelance photography, his clients having included the likes of MTV and Rolling Stone (not to mention the other Rolling Stones – which he detailed in this heartwarming article). Daniel also wears the hat of Chief Photographer for Time Out Sydney.
Having spent the last week photographing Vivid Live at Vivid Sydney, an enormous 18-Day festival of music, lights and ideas, Daniel has shared some of his favourite shots and detailed his adventures for us below.
Vivid Sydney dominated the week, with two main clients, Sydney Opera House who commissioned me to cover their Vivid Live performances, and Destination NSW who run Vivid Sydney who commissioned me to shoot other activities.
The other thing that dominates my life right now is my 8 month old daughter, Lilya. So my life revolves around looking after her, working, trying to get sleep and spending moments in between with my wife, Cybele.
Tonight, I shoot Morrissey. Being an old school fan of The Smiths, this is quite an exciting prospect. I spend the day looking after my daughter, listening to The Smiths together. While she sleeps, I write emails back to clients with quoting on some upcoming jobs.
For all these Vivid shows, they want to distribute the photos to media and post to social media as soon as possible after the show, so when I’m done shooting I take my laptop to the Green Room, download, select and edit my shots and dropbox them to the Opera House publicity team. Shortly afterwards, they’re posted to Facebook and sent out to media. I head home about midnight.
With a baby at home there’s no such thing as a sleep-in anymore, so it’s up at 6.30am as Cybele and I juggle feeding, dressing and entertaining her before taking her to daycare.
A last-minute shoot request comes in from Destination NSW to shoot a couple at Opera Bar, to illustrate a story about a ‘Vivid Date Night’. I’m booked in to shoot The Preatures at 7:30pm, so this extra shoot can squeeze in when the Vivid lights switch on at 6pm.
We do the shoot about 6.30pm. It only takes about 20 minutes. I download the shots, edit and send them on to the client about 7.15pm, before racing into the Opera House to shoot The Preatures.
I love shooting The Preatures, Izzy is everything you want in a lead singer of a band – she confidently stalks all over the stage with great energy, has multiple costume changes, and of course sounds great (not that a good voice translates in photos).
A rare thing about shooting their show is that all the media photographers can shoot the entire show, not just the first three songs.
The show wraps about 9pm, and then I go to shoot some stairs. The Opera House needs the shot to illustrate to the public how to enter their pop-up bar Deep Purple Pool Hall.
I then proceed to my makeshift office in the Green Room, download and edit my photos. Because I shot the whole Preatures set, it takes a bit longer than usual, as I whittle 700-odd photos down to a selection of 40 that I deliver.
I head home about 11.30pm.
Another early start, but today we thankfully have a babysitter to look after Lilya, while Cybele and I get on with some work.
I nip out to the State Library to check out the World Press Photo Exhibition and Fairfax’s 1440 show, which are both excellent, and make me question the frivolous nature of most things I shoot. But I also feel incredibly fortunate to shoot the fun things I mostly do.
I also drive to Artarmon to buy an LED panel light, which I’ll be using on a coming shoot. I’ve hired them in the past, but figure it’s time to just bite the bullet and buy one.
Tonight’s shows at Vivid Live are Bill Callahan and Daniel Johns. I’m sure Bill Callahan is engaging to the ears, but the show isn’t that great to shoot as he stands statically at the mic strumming his guitar.
To contrast, Daniel Johns is unexpectedly ostentatious, with a big stage production and great energy bounding around all over the stage.
As he tells the audience, this is his first ever live show, in his current solo guise at least. And his excitement is fun to capture on camera.
I was hoping to head over to the MCA for a Canon/Vivid party, but I’m absolutely exhausted and feeling the flu coming on. These late nights and early mornings are catching up with me.
This flu is kicking in and I feel like crap, but can’t afford to take it easy with a full dance card of bookings. I go to the chemist and get some Cold and Flu tablets, needing the pseudoephedrine to power through.
But thankfully Flume and Flight Facilities have been at this a while, and have good production levels and guest vocalists.
The FCX show wraps about 9pm, and I start the editing process before dropping in to the Goodgod studio party at 11.30pm. I’d had the good foresight to subcontract out the official photography for the studio party, as otherwise the 2am finishes would end me. Plus I think a 25 year old club photographer may better capture the loose energy of it than a 35 year old dad who’s kind of over shooting in clubs like he was doing 10 years ago.
I’m glad I do drop in briefly though, as there’s some spectacular dancing going on for Victoria Kim’s DJ set.
Home time about 1am. Bless you, Cold and Flu tablets.
The past four nights have all been shooting for Sydney Opera House, but tonight I switch gears slightly, as my client is Destination NSW, the government agency that runs Vivid Sydney. But it’s a bit like Groundhog Day, as I’m back again at the Opera House shooting night 2 of the Future Classic party – just for a different client this time.
My first day in ages when I don’t have any shoots for Vivid.
We leave Daniel to recover from this exhausting week now, but you can keep up with him and his work on his blog Boudist.