Madchester heroes hit Leeds on their "Girl at the End of the World" tour
James have always been a great band to shoot, thanks in no small part to the ever-charismatic Tim Booth. However, on the two previous occasions that I'd shot them I wasn't particularly impressed with what I came away with.
Given the way Tim throws himself about, it's essential to be shooting in half decent light to use a fast enough shutter speed to catch his crazy head throwing itself about. Thankfully at Leeds we got just that. The first song was a bit of a no-shoot, but things all lit up in the second song for me to get all I needed. But we weren't done...
Prior to our third and final song Tim addressed the masses, to ask them to be kind when he ventured into the crowd (apparently he'd not had a great experience in Manchester a few nights prior). The crowd reacted and Tim duly obliged, first standing on the edge of the barrier before falling - arms outstretched - into the crowd where he was ceremoniously carried on a return trip to the back of the arena. I'll be honest, band-crowd interaction is photographic gold dust, but it's extremely rare to see an artist crowd surf to such an extreme. What a hero.