This week we’re featuring Robert Alleyne – a live music and portrait specialist previously based in San Francisco. He’s been a reliable contributor for London in Stereo since 2018 and often saves the day by volunteering to shoot last minute shows. Have a little read through as he talks about some of his favourite shoots from the past couple of years.
Tallies, Old Blue Last, September 2019 – “Secretly, I like shooting small shows and discovering new bands. I went to see Toronto based band Tallies on a bit of a whim after listening to their debut album a few times on Bandcamp. So happy I did. Music photography is often about action. When I get a chance though, I love to catch those moments in-between songs, like this one of lead singer and guitarist, Sarah Cogan, fixing her mic in between songs.”
Rachel Chinouriri, Dalston, August 2019 – “I love taking portraits; however, very often, you only have a minute or two create an image. And it usually in an unfamiliar location. I took this portrait of singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri just outside the Shacklewell Arms, in Dalston. Luckily she was wearing green that day.”
Julia Michaels, Shepherds Bush Empire, Sept. 2019 – “When shooting shows in bigger venues, 99 times out of 100, we have to leave after three songs. I took this on one of those very unusual days when we were allowed to shoot the whole show (albeit from the balcony). I was just getting ready to leave as she jumped down from the stage. I grabbed my camera quickly from my bag in time to snap a few frames as she went for the crowd surf.”
Grace Jones, ON Blackheath, July 2019 – “Grace Mother F**king Jones! I am incredibly lucky to, from time-to-time, shoot some of the pioneers and legends of music history. After her performance at ON Blackheath, Grace Jones is now my spirit animal.”
The crowd at Goldlink’s Brixton Academy show, November 2019 – “I love the energy of the crowd. This was taken just before Goldlink’s performance at Brixton Academy in November. The audience with their own cameras in hand in anticipation for him to take the stage before the sold-out crowd.”
Robert Alleyne is a music and portrait photographer, previously based in San Francisco, and now working, back home, in London. His first show for London In Stereo was George Clinton, in 2018 and he has gone on to shoot bands big and small, in venues big and small, all over London.