Cradle of Filth – Coventry, UK 2014-08-16

 (Alexis Bourdages-Chabot)

Ten years ago, I was listening to Cradle of Filth in my car’s tape deck every day while going to college.

Ten years later, I had the opportunity to shoot them in their home country and I even had the photo pit all to myself!

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I’ve been travelling the past month around Europe for well deserved real vacations: no computer, no assignments, no excessive amount of equipment to carry around. I was supposed to attend Alt Fest, but, unfortunately, it had been cancelled. Meanwhile, I had seen that Cradle of Filth was playing in Coventry, a town 120ish km north of London, which happened to be the last step of my summer travelling.

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Lindsay Schoolcraft have been their live keyboardist/back vocal for nearly two years now. As a fellow canadian and friend, I’ve known her for a few years due to her collaborations with my friends in my hometown (Québec City) gothic metal band Daedalean Complex. When I spoke to her about meeting at the show and shooting it, she asked me if I could also do a quick shoot of the band because they needed some material. Hell yeah I can.

 

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I think the shoot literally lasted four minutes and they headed to the stage straight after. I had no fancy lighting gear with me since I was travelling for vacations. All I had was a speedlight and no means of setting it off-camera. The ceiling was really high and black and I had no nearby wall to bounce the light. My friend travelling with me managed to find a white towel and held it a bit behind me to use as reflector. Not the fanciest, but it worked to get the shot in a rush.

 

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I then had the luck to have a large photo pit all to myself and no song restrictions, which made it a really pleasant experience! Lighting was really dark / back lit, but you got to know to deal with that especially with metal concerts.

 

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It’s been an honor to shoot a Cradle of Filth concert in the UK, making it my first international concert coverage, and to fit in a quick shoot with them. To view the entire gallery of the night, follow this link or have a look at the slideshow below.

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