Evan Dawson – Bristol photography
I’ve worked in music and the arts since 2005, in several different roles around the UK. Throughout this time, I’ve spent much of my spare time behind a camera lens, which has gradually become a much more serious pursuit. During the past few years, I’ve been privileged to be resident photographer at the wonderful St George’s Bristol concert hall, and covered many events for Visit Bristol and the Bristol Festival of Ideas. My images have been featured in national and local press, including the Guardian and BBC Wildlife magazine.
I also lead the charity Live Music Now, which trains and supports hundreds of the UK’s best musicians to work in specialist settings each year. As a result, I’m very mindful of audiences, professional musicians and artists.
I use Fujifilm X-series mirrorless cameras and lenses, which have a unique colour response and feel. For intimate events, they have the advantage of being completely silent. Performers and presenters usually have no idea that I’m there, and are surprised later to see such close-up images.
Music and the arts can enable people to connect in powerful ways. Capturing this connection is a great challenge for a photographer, as the moments can be so fleeting. The challenge is even greater when the events take place in low-light venues, where flash would be inappropriate. This is where the Fujifilm X-series cameras really excel.
Do get in touch if you’d like to chat about photography for your project.
(above photograph taken by my son Rufus)