Matt Cawrey is part of the 14/48 furniture. He has photographed many 14/48 festivals and while he has his camera, stills are not on his mind.
“In the spirit of 14/48 and trying out new stuff I am filming this festival.”
While the jump from still to video may seem minor it’s actually a massive leap. Moving images in a frame and moving the frame to capture images is a whole new skillset.
“This is very much a test bed to see what I can do. It’s been alright so far. The difference is I don’t know how good the stuff I’m getting is until afterwards. So I’m just shooting lots of stuff.”
We talk about this difference between the moving image and the still image.
“I’m currently taking moving photographs which a lot of people do. But I was shooting a music festival last weekend and there was a commissioned freelance videographer. And watching him shoot was incredible. His movement was like dance and I was watching his footage on the screen and it just looked cinematic. So yes, I’ve got a hell of a long way to go.”
But this is why 14/48 exists. This is why 25% of the people who take part should be virgins in their discipline. It’s about stepping into new fields and trying them out. If you fall, people will catch you. But chances are you won’t fall. Chances are you’ll fly.
Matt continues, “when I photographed 14/48 two years ago I hadn’t photographed anything in a theatre before. I was a frustrated wildlife photographer. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say it’s been life changing. Now I’m doing paid photography jobs for touring companies. People are paying me for this.”
This journey mirrors my own. 14/48 is one of those places where you are given a chance. When you take it and you fly good things happen for everyone involved. I have paid work as a direct result of 14/48 as does Matt and as do so many others. All because of 14/48.
Long may it continue.
Now excuse me, I think this blogger must pay a visit to The Keg.
6th May 2017. 17:11