The Gig Economy 2: Lock Horns

A few years back I did the first photo shoot of a death metal band, Lock Horns – and they became the subject of this first blog post.

In June 2018, they released their first album Molon Labe – spotify link – and launched it at a home town gig in Bangor, Co Down.  The band were sounding and looking magnificent with a great set showcasing much of the album.

I used the usual Canon full frame digital with various prime lenses – I brought the Olympus OM20 with Tri-X with an idea to shoot on film.  But mingling with a metal audience doesn’t lend itself to manual focussing and careful metering, so digital it was.

Lock Horns June 18
Lock Horns in full flow

 

Junior Afrifa, Lock Horns
Junior, lead guitar
Lock Horns June 18
Corey, drums
Lock Horns June 18
Rhys, bass
Lock Horns June 18
Alex, vocals
Lock Horns June 18
arghhhhhhhh!!!!

Note to self – for future gigs, don’t forget the ear plugs.

Ho Chi Minh City

me and students
One of these Vietnamese students is a bald middle aged Irish bloke. Can you spot him?

6 days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  Or Saigon as everyone still seems to call it.
And it’s shorter to say.  And type.
It was my first visit to Vietnam and won’t be my last.  Very friendly people, great food and yoga and fitness in the public parks with pensioners at 6am.   It’s hot, noisy but fun.  And a delight to photograph.

Kit:  Canon 5D, 50mm 85mm and 70-300mm lenses

Markets

hatgirl
This girl was intent on selling me a hat.  She succeeded.
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Market seller, Mekong river
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Fish Heads.

Traffic
Definite motorcycle culture here. When crossing the road it should be noted that traffic never stops,  it just seems to avoid hitting you. There is a definite knack to crossing roads – I just always got close to a local. Seemed to work.

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Lights, lanes and yellow boxes seem so… European
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The last parking space in Saigon
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More Motorcycles
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Family Moped

Messin’ on the Mekong

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The Lonesome Boatman
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My boat lady
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View from the river

Nice Vietnamese People

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A Quality Smile
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Folk Musician
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Buy some food and ask nicely for a photo
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Coffee Shop Sad Alien

 

Also – when in Asia, take a selfie.
selfie

More photos on the Flickr.