Alessio Michelini Photography

Zucchero @ Olympia Theatre

26 May 2013

I have to say that the only reason I went to this gig was to see an Italian playing in an irish venue, something that doesn't happen very often, as there are not many italian artists famous outside the "Bel Paese". Thankfully (for him) a lot of irish people still remember the song "Senza una donna", but as you can easily imagine the crowd wasn't that young, actually with my 33 years on this planet I felt very young that night, and it wasn't a big surprise to find out that at least 1/3 of the crowd were italians. But I'm not going to discuss about his music, I don't like it, and I left after the 3rd song, he is a good performer, he has plenty of people on stage that move and play around, and that's it.
The problem is because of his audience, and also because he can't really do a sold out on an irish venue, the show was a seated one, and for a photographer this is a big pain in the arse. Obviously no pit (as you would stay on the line of sight of the people, and that's pretty fair as they have all the right to see a show they paid without having someone in front of them with a bloody camera), so the only option is to photograph from the side aisles of the venue, and if you don't have a lens long enough, you are screwed.
Good thing I knew it, so I brought my 135mm L, and I was pretty safe. Lights were generally good, even if shooting from the sides you can't really play that much with lights, especially for me that I use a lot the backlit lights. So at the end I brought home some decent shots, not super happy, but still better than the average gigs taken from the aisles. Anyway, these are some of the best shots, but you can obviously see the full set on my flickr account.