2018 has been a very busy and extremely important year for me, so join me while I walk down memory lane and look at some of my favourite pics from the past few months. This year has been completely crazy, I am overwhelmed and I don’t really have the words to describe how thankful I am for everything that has happened, even for the not so great things.
I started off the year with a banger and sadly enough my last concert in Melbourne: Albion Place. By far the friendliest band I met in this wonderful city and they weren’t even Australian. I remember clearly how they ended up throwing German synonyms for “penis” at each other while we were waiting for the concert to start. I think they even were the only band that insisted I stayed after the gig and have a chat with them which is extremely nice but also a bit sad that they were the only ones to do that… Unfortunately, they announced their breakup a couple of weeks ago.
So the next two months we gonna look at as one huge block simply because the event that went down lasted a good month: The Adelaide Fringe Festival. This was one of the most epic and stressful times of my life so far but also a very beautiful one. It taught me so many things and I met so many extremely amazing and just stunning people. I am just so grateful I was able to be a part of this. It was one of these long moments that truly transformed me and made me grow as a person.
The Adelaide Fringe Festival is the second biggest Fringe on the planet, right behind the one in Edinburgh and it is basically a safe space for any kind of person to show what they have to offer. It is just this place of acceptance, love and support that just makes you speechless. It is really hard for me to put it in words. My friend Joel pretty much introduced me to the Fringe and I decided to volunteer my time there and help out and maybe get to shoot a couple of events. It ended up being way more than just a couple shows. I ended up shooting at least one show a day sometimes even two, one day I did three!! It was just complete bonkers and it all just started with a small post in their Facebook group offering my services for next to nothing. If you know me a bit you know that I am not in it for the money obviously (not that people actually want to pay you anyways urgh). I really just wanted to get the best out of it, see some shows for free whilst practising my photography. I can’t stress enough how thankful I am for this. These people accepted me like I was one of them and they taught me that I am worth something and so is my work. They taught me that I am in fact an artist and not just a random person with a DSLR like I always believed. They appreciated me and my work and I became a part of this wonderful community of creatives! It was just so inspiring and I started to realize that I definitely wanted to do something creative for a living one day. Only thinking about it I can feel the tears behind my eyes and a fuzzy warm feeling in my heart. I love and miss you all and you have no idea what you did to me. I finally felt like I belonged. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Adventure time in Australia was over and I came back to Germany the end of March right after the Fringe in Adelaide. Finally after a couple of years with my Canon 1200D and pushing it to its limits in Australia I got myself the Canon 80D. Fuck yeah (I am sorry bank account)! Also shortly after buying it, I, of course, tried it out at a gig: The Dazed was the first band to be able to enjoy these sharper pics. Shortly after I got to shoot another young local band I’ve known for ages: Devilizer that by now even have a debut album and even shared the stage with Saxon at the Christmas Bash 2018!
We are already in May and the achievements and firsts keep coming. My first ever photo pass!! Festung Rockt was, to be honest, something I knew existed but I never really thought about going, needless to say shooting it. Of course, I was terrified when I wrote that email to the organizers and I was beyond happy when I received the positive answer to my request.
Before rocking at the castle in Kronach I still had another concert ahead of me: Jeanine Vahldiek Band which was pretty much the complete opposite to the festival I was about to go to.
Okay, so let’s talk a bit more about the festival which was, by the way, my first festival ever (I don’t really count the Blues and Jazz Festival Bamberg sorry) and also my first time in a photo pit! I was pretty terrified as always, also due to the fact that it was my first time dealing with the three song rule. The pressure to get a good photo was even higher than usual but nevertheless, I had a shitload of fun. Furthermore, I finally got to meet some fellow photogs!
404 no concerts found
The craziness that 2018 brought me keeps going as I go back to the Blues & Jazz Festival Bamberg. I messaged 4 bands this time asking for permission to photograph their shows and 1 answered. Wow not gonna lie I was a bit devastated but at least Nick, the frontman of Rockin’ Carbonara, was one of the nicest people I have ever worked with. “But you shot two bands at that festival?!” Well, yeah I did. Super Cumbia Y La Liga De La Alegría was a band I REALLY wanted to photograph so despite not getting an answer from them I did it anyways and lucky enough they played right before Rockin’ Carbonara. Honestly, I am still extremely surprised this whole thing turned out so well for me. My photos and my blog post about my Cumbia friends got shared on their Facebook page and recently even made it onto their brand new website!! OH MY GOSH! And all that without even having permission in the first place. Working with Nick also was a success and he also shared my photos on his social media which always makes me really happy!
Sorry no gigs 😦
After a stressful month of applying for university and moving I finally got the opportunity to go to a show and this time I even knew the band which made me pretty nervous (I am always anxious pre-shooting aren’t I?). I mean in my defence: new city, new venue and a band I really really didn’t want to disappoint. Who wouldn’t be terrified? Everything went well in the end and I finally got to meet Delta Moon and of course, I fangirled as hell!!
There isn’t all that much to say about the November gig that was DeWolff. I mean great music, amazing concert, nothing out of the ordinary happened. My photos weren’t shared sadly enough, I didn’t even get to talk to the band BUT I did get some cool pics out of it.
Christmas break? Maybe? Hm…
A few last words…
I honestly struggle to find words to bring this year to an end. It has been hard but extremely beautiful. I was lucky enough to meet so many lovely people and I am overwhelmed with the support and love I received this year. Whoever happens to read this: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did this year and if that only is reading this one last blog post of 2018. I owe every single one of you a lot and you have no idea how grateful I am to be able to do this and you have no idea how much the tiniest support means to me. Everyone that has known me for a bit now knows that nothing that happened this year was easy for me. All this success was painful and scary: self-doubt, anxiety, the stress to name a few things. I never could’ve imagined that 2018 would go so well for me. I love you all and let’s hope 2019 will be at least half as good. See you next year hopefully.