Shooting Radiohead was one of the most difficult shoots I ever did in my life, because it was also an emotional one. I’ve submitted and posted some photos from this set before but never really went through the entire set because somehow I didn’t want to think that it was over. That 2 years has passed since I shot them in Japan and that Fuji Rock Festival practically changed my life.
Radiohead’s set was dark for the large stage and the LED screens and smoky atmosphere didn’t help. It was technically difficult to shoot, coupled with the fact that I was shaking inside knowing that Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood was only several feet away from me. I remember sneaking into the backstage to use the toilet and while walking, I was trying to take a peek if someone would step out of their tents. Unfortunately I didn’t see anybody.
I flew to Japan mainly because of Radiohead, shooting Noel Gallager and Liam Gallagher (separately was a bonus), Stone Roses, Jack White, REFUSED, Justice, James Blake, and oh so many more I can’t possibly name was just a load of cherries on top. It was an overwhelming burden, one that almost made my heart burst. It was life changing, to wake up in your hotel with a view of Mt. Naeba and walking to work to take photos of these huge bands for three days in a row.
It was not a bad life to have. Not bad at all.
I remember saying that I would cry when they play Arpeggi, but I didn’t. I was in so much shock hearing it live that I just couldn’t react to anything because I still had to do my job. I cried the day after. I was so grateful, haha.
Radiohead is one of the top bands I’ve crossed out on my short short bucketlist. I started a career in music photography so I can just cross off this list, but have only crossed out half of that so I can’t retire amidst this lovely domesticated life I have (being 31 years old and about a year away from settling down).
I’ve still got a long way to go. I’m posting these because the travel bug has been biting me in the ass for a while now with only one trip this year. Maybe after I get married I’ll go on tour again! Hopefully!
So here it is, a lot of Jonny and Thom’s photos mainly because the stage is mighty huge and I’m mighty tiny, I can’t seem to take a photo of the rest of the band perfectly.