All the fun of the fes­ti­val

Garry Jones com­bined his twin pas­sions for mu­sic and pho­tog­ra­phy to break into shoot­ing gigs and fes­ti­vals

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I first be­came in­ter­ested in pho­tog­ra­phy in my teens. As a skate­boarder I was in­spired by the im­ages in skate­board­ing mag­a­zines, and mar­velled at how pho­tog­ra­phers cap­tured the dy­namism of the sport. I stud­ied pho­tog­ra­phy at GCSE level, and de­cided I wanted to pur­sue my pas­sion and turn it into a ca­reer.

Af­ter leav­ing school I stud­ied at Coven­try City Col­lege, where I gained a Na­tional Di­ploma. The course gave me plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­per­i­ment with film and dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy, and the easy ac­cess to dark­rooms and studios fu­elled my am­bi­tion. In 2014 I grad­u­ated from Southamp­ton So­lent Univer­sity with a BA(Hons) in Pho­tog­ra­phy.

I got into shoot­ing gigs when I was 16. I have a huge pas­sion for Drum and Bass mu­sic, and hav­ing started to DJ at events in my home town, I wanted to doc­u­ment the Coven­try nightlife, which was pulling in big-name DJs at the time. I did that dur­ing the two years I was at col­lege, and de­cided that the next log­i­cal step was to pho­to­graph mu­sic events on a much larger scale.

My first break­through came at the age of 18 when I man­aged to se­cure a photo pass for the Big Chill Fes­ti­val. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence, work­ing along­side pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers in a fast-paced en­vi­ron­ment. Since then my fes­ti­val sea­son has ex­panded ev­ery year, to the point where I’m at a fes­ti­val most week­ends dur­ing the sum­mer months.

My cur­rent cam­era is the D800. Its low-light per­for­mance is amaz­ing, which is in­valu­able when you’re shoot­ing gigs. My Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4 lenses are al­ways in my bag, along with a Sigma 15mm f/2.8 and Sigma 70200mm f/2.8. This en­sures I have a lens for ev­ery even­tu­al­ity, which is es­pe­cially im­por­tant when I’m work­ing at fes­ti­vals,

01 The Kook s, Bes­ti­val 2014 Nikon D800, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM, 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO1250

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