Socially Distanced Concert Photography – The Gary Winter Band
Twelve months ago the term Socially Distanced Concert Photography would have been almost laughable. I mean, the concept of a socially distanced festival or concert as a professional music photographer Socially Distanced Concert Photography was ridiculous. But here we are… The summer has past by, at his point, many of us are painfully aware of the devastation that COVID-19 has brought upon the world’s music industry. Over the past few months, live concerts were almost all but removed from the table and for musicians everywhere, this resulted in nothing short of a catastrophe. Live performance income and the entertainment industry had virtually exhausted under social distancing restrictions, leaving not only musicians, but almost every sector of the live music industry with dire financial problems, including Professional Music Photographers.
The resurgence of Live Music and Social Distance Concert Photography
In mid-July, the U.K. gave the go-ahead for outdoor concerts following strict guidelines, only to have Live Nation soon thereafter cancel a series of drive-in shows that were scheduled for July through September featuring artists like Kaiser Chiefs, Gary Numan, Dizzie Rascal and the LaFontaines. The promoter cited “localized lockdowns” as a reason for calling off the Live at the Drive-In series at the time. As the population started to realise that life would be somewhat different going forward and the first Covid-19 wave calmed down, distancing restrictions gradually eased and live concerts returned in various forms. As a professional Music Photographer, a summer without gigs and festivals was a huge disappointment, but suddenly, the concept of socially distanced concerts and socially distanced concert photography was like a lifeline. It offered a genuine substitute and looks as though it’s now set to be the way forward for 2020 and 2021. We’ve actually had quite a summer of Socially Distanced Concert Photography and Socially Distanced Video Production, working with a number of event organisers, musicians and bands to document the the future of live performances.