Imagine Huy

The 2012 Imagine Competition (all styles music competition for Belgian youth) semi finals kicked off yesterday in Huy. I documented the 2011 competition as a collaboration with the JMI Foundation which led to an exhibition at the Botanique - With the freedom to pick my angle, I focused mostly on the backstage energy, shooting only very little of the actual performances. I was invited back this year as a 'worker' - my brief being to shoot mainly stage action. Quite nice to actually watch the whole event! The lighting was crap, the stage set up was very deep and the stage way too high... but you have to go with the flow (thank you 5DMarkII)! The deserved winners of this semi-final: Salad Bar (this is not a photo of them, here's one :p)

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September 9 2011

It seemed like the 9th of September would be a good place to regroup and restart the daily blogging. It so happens I was saying a final goodbye to the summer in the Trièves, a rural/mountainous region of France, not too far from Grenoble. it's an incredible place - people move there from across France to make the most of the chilled out, creative, eco friendly vibe. My friend Laurie lives there and is part of an org that puts on a festival every year so we decided to check it out. Started the day with a hike up to a nice viewpoint, picked up Robin (an old school friend I hadn't seen in 15 years!) and headed over to the festival - good music, great vibes, tasty food and organic beer! Daniel & Sandrine pitched up from Provence in the evening with their little Zafir.

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July 1 2011

Imagine Festival started today. 10 Belgian finalists took to the stage to fight it out for two spots in the International final tomorrow. A much busier and entertaining day -  nice to see all the young musicians again - really sweet, full of energy and excitement. I was sad they couldn't all make it through but I think it was a fair win for Lunar Rays and Ziggy (my bet from the off!). Crawled home around 1230.

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May 15 2011

Dropped Lucy off at Marie's because I had to go and shoot the last Imagine Festival date - the francophone final at Flagey's Studio 4. Since I followed all the preselection rounds, I have my secret favorites now which is partly down to the music they play and partly down to how likeable they are :). It's always good fun though and there was a good crowd. I'm mostly backstage observing the nerves mounting... and the cans of coke draining. Suarez (popular Belgian band - although not so Belgian, three brothers from Madagascar and one Belgo-Italo-Spaniard) opened up as 'surprise guests' (photo of Suarez since I'm keeping Imagine under wraps for now). Drink at Belga and dinner at L'Amour Fou (classique combo).

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March 20 2011

Muscle ache - yesterday was the first wedding of the year and they tend to be the longest shoots so my guess is that I have some specific leg muscle which I only use for photography :). I'll investigate!Another beautiful day - met up with the Jammin' Troopers at the canal (not a tourist destination-style canal!) to shoot some promo images of them. 8 members - quite a challenge! All attractive though, which helps. Met up with Matthew & Alessandro at Walvis for a couple of beers before heading home to watch the stupidest film in history (so stupid I can't even remember the name, but don't watch it). This day is the midpoint of the common year. There are 182 days before and 182 days after in common years and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. It is also my mother's birthday.

March 20 2011

Muscle ache - yesterday was the first wedding of the year and they tend to be the longest shoots so my guess is that I have some specific leg muscle which I only use for photography :). I'll investigate!Another beautiful day - met up with the Jammin' Troopers at the canal (not a tourist destination-style canal!) to shoot some promo images of them. 8 members - quite a challenge! All attractive though, which helps. Met up with Matthew & Alessandro at Walvis for a couple of beers before heading home to watch the stupidest film in history (so stupid I can't even remember the name, but don't watch it). This day is the midpoint of the common year. There are 182 days before and 182 days after in common years and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. It is also my mother's birthday.

March 20 2011

Muscle ache - yesterday was the first wedding of the year and they tend to be the longest shoots so my guess is that I have some specific leg muscle which I only use for photography :). I'll investigate!Another beautiful day - met up with the Jammin' Troopers at the canal (not a tourist destination-style canal!) to shoot some promo images of them. 8 members - quite a challenge! All attractive though, which helps. Met up with Matthew & Alessandro at Walvis for a couple of beers before heading home to watch the stupidest film in history (so stupid I can't even remember the name, but don't watch it).
This day is the midpoint of the common year. There are 182 days before and 182 days after in common years and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. It is also my mother's birthday.

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February 19 2011

In Schoten (near Antwerp) today to shoot one the Flemish preselection rounds for the Imagine festival. Some great talent, although my favorite band didn't make it through to the finals sadly. Noemi's bro Giuliano as well as Mirna and Rico were in town so met up with them, Arthur, the Maries, Luc and baby Melodi at La Maison du Peuple for drinks. Marie and Luc introduced us to the best eat-in pizza I've had in Brussels - Posto al Sole (blog I'm linking it does it better justice!) - definitely the tip of the week.

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