Rock Choir At The Avery Hill Park Family Fun Day

Sunday 19th July 

My wife sings in one of Britain's largest choirs "Rock Choir", and whilst prior to my obsession with photography, at the ripe old age of 20 I myself was obsessed with music, I had a track played on London's Kiss FM, a record signing that never happened, a self taught guitar player and lead singer in an alternative band that gigged about London that made 2 albums.
Sadly that passion is now in the past, although I still sing and write music if only to myself!

To start with I'd like to point out that I wasn't invited to photograph this event, and I, like many others who had wives, husbands or friends in the choir went along to see them perform, oh and grab a few images of the day!

I guess I found myself focusing my images on the choir leader Michael, as he happened to be right in front of me, there was quite a turn out so space around the edge was limited and once I had picked my spot I was stuck with it. Michael has a way with his hands that seem to do 40 things at once to get the choir to do what he wants, although this way of direction really wouldn't come across in any photo and only in video, so to see what I mean you'll have to YouTube.

I personally thought that just capturing the choir on their own wouldn't come across right, and look like snapshots, this was due to my positioning and had I been placed more to my left I probably would have got more of Michael and the choir.

Certain song performances also had lead vocalists, of which I also wanted to capture.
I sadly missed one male singer due to myself trying to be clever and capture some video of that performance but that ultimately went wrong, and whilst fumbling to get back to my camera, he had left the front as it was only a short intro that he was singing.
I guess the moral of this story is to stick to what I set out to do and that being to photograph and not to do video!

I guess my favourite shot of the day is the first image below, and whilst it is technically the back of Michaels head, certain images not only show, but also tell a story to whoever is viewing that image. 

More of my images of this day are in a gallery on the Rock Choir website.

 I Can't Hear You...

I Can't Hear You...

 The Hand Jive...

The Hand Jive...

 The Hitchhike... 

The Hitchhike... 

 The Choir...

The Choir...

 The Singers...

The Singers...