The GoldenPlec Plec Picks shoot with Rosborough was a last minute addition to my schedule of shoots. The Derry man was in town to play the Paul McLoone Christmas show in the Workmans Club with Bitch Falcon and Otherkin. The shoot would have to happen in or around the venue between soundchecks. I was used to this happening with the GoldenPlec gigs that used to run every month in there, but the need to make the shoot not look the same as all the portrait shoots that has happened there is the tricky part.
I arrived to meet Glenn and set up my usual equipment, Canon 430 EXII Flash on a tripod lit through a soft-box. I got him to stand and I took some portraits where I’d darken the background so that it is not visible. There was some reflection of the flash in the doors that I removed or muted in photoshop. We took some wider shots that takes in the main bar room of Workmans before I made things a little more portable to take photos on the stairway.
I used a portable soft-box, held in my left hand and tested this for a few shots while Glenn sat on the stairs. I wanted to get a look with the yellow and red steps adding some muted colour to the shots. We finished up with the same set up on the landing between the ground and first floor. The look of there has changed since I took Orla Gartland’s portait there so I didn’t feel like I was retreading old turf by shooting there.
I've seen Rosborough twice now, once acoustic, and the past weekend electric with his drummer. His voice is incredible, and he really has the potential to have an amazing career. If you get a chance to catch him live, do it.