My favourite local alternative metal band asked me if I would be able to do a photo shoot with them as they needed some up to date photographs for general promotional material. Of course I was more than happy to help out. Planning was a little on the lax side but with a mind to something a bit urban we headed to the local railway station. I was thinking of the tunnel which leads up to the platforms which could give a great perspective with leading lines drawing the eye to the guys in the band.
Isn't it strange how time seems to run at different speeds when your needs from a situation are different. So many times I have waited at this station for a train for what seems like ages. In the cold or the rain and sometimes both. Now here we were and no sooner did we start to take photos than a train arrived and spilled it's load of commuters down the ramp. Time for a few quick shots before the ramp was a sea of people in a hurry to get home. A few moments break and then another train arrived. For a two platform station it was damn busy but resulting photos were exactly what I had in mind.
Buoyed with success I thought it might be interesting to get some shots on the station platform. In the back of my mind I recalled that the end of the platform sloped down to the track meaning there would be another great place for leading lines. Of course the issue was that using Oyster cards just to go on the platform for a few photos was going to be a bit expensive for 6 people, but as the old saying goes "If you don't ask, you don't get". So I asked, and the Station Manager was more then happy to let us through the barriers, gratis. How cool was that! Big big thanks to the Station Manager.
The slope down to the tracks was not as I had recalled being blocked with railings and rail equipment so no leading lines. All was not lost, low afternoon sun made for great long shadows and by bracing my camera against a pole I was able to get some longish exposures with high speed trains passing by. It's amazing what a lovely blur a train can make in 1/2 a second.
Fun to be had with the huge mirrors on the platform.
A bench for four
To finish off our shoot we headed back out of the station to a couple of nondescript backgrounds and then on to a foot tunnel that went under the railway a short walk up the road which was a great location suggested by drummer Chris. Sooty looking walls and faded graffiti added metal atmosphere.