Brett Jacobs is a Freelance Photographer, and this is a collection of Brett's best work from his Rock n Roll journey from behind the lens thus far.
I have completed 'Better Photography - Playing with Light' UWA Extension course with Bob Litchfield in 2012, and I shoot with a Canon EOS 450D with a Cannon 18-200mm Lens.
All the photographic work is free from any form of editing (just image cropping). What you see is what you get, as taken and seen on the night. I try to encapsulate in my photographs the raw moments on stage that the regular punter will experience which makes the live experience such a special one. I try to acheive this with the audience and artist in mind, trying to remain as little of a distraction as possible, to simply blend into the moment. All photos are taken with permission from the artist.
My inspiration for this form of art comes first and foremost from a great love of live music. I saw John Butler perform for my first time on one of the small stages at the Big Day Out, and I was absolutely fascinated with the way he communicated with his guitar during the many extended guitar pieces throughout the set. John's facial expressions were amazing, and I thought to myself 'oh how I would love to capture that face'. I will always remember sitting up on the grass at the Workshop Stage watching Sherman Robertson at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland Oregon in 2005, when I witnessed a great relationship between Sherman up on stage and one of the press photographers that was hovering about, trying to get a great shot.
I have been very fortunate to be able to photograph some of my very favourite musicians in some of my favourite live venues.
My collection thus far includes photographs of Florence & the Machine at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, John Butler at a beautiful outdoor venue in Antwerp in Belgium, Carus Thompson at The Borderline in London, Smudge at The Windmill pub in Brixton, London. The Waifs were photographed at the Fremantle Arts Centre in Western Australia, The John Butler Trio at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, Ash Grunwald was taken at The Charlotte Street Blues in London, and finially my buddies in Platform 6, playing their last gig together in London at the Reddy in Acton Town.
Recent photographs include Seeker Lover Keeper on their Heavenly Sounds tour at St. Josephs Church in Subiaco, John Butler on his Tin Shed Tales tour at the Astor Theatre in Perth, and Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson on their recent Wreck & Ruin tour at the Mundaring Weir Hotel.