In the fourth edition of IN FOCUS, we chat with Melbourne local Michael Gow AKA Alchemi Glow Photography.

1. How many years have you been shooting?

10 years this June. 6 Years in music photography

2. How did you get started in photography?

Friends were alternative models and said they had a group meet where photographers and models could collaborate at Melbourne Uni.

Alternative Modelling photoshoot - Melbourne Uni

3. Favourite band to shoot?

Ohhhh so hard to choose. Probably the Butterfly effect or Thornhill

4. Favourite venue to shoot and why?

The Forum Melbourne, love the size of the venue

In photo pit at Butterfly effect at Northcote Theatre
The Butterly Effect – Northcote Theatre – @thebutterflyeffectband

5. What setup do you take with you to shoot gigs?

Canon 5D M iV, Canon R6, Canon 24-70 2.8, Canon 70-200 F2.8, Sigma 24-35 F2.0, Canon 16-35 F2.8, Coiro Dual harness strap, Endurax Camera Backpack Large

6. What software do you use to edit your photos?

Adobe Lightroom CC & Adobe Photoshop

Mammal at the Croxton
Mammal – The Croxton – @mammalband
Psycroptic at Max Watts
Psyscroptic – Max Watts – @psycroptic_official

7. How would you describe your editing style?

Fast & Efficient depending on the quality of lighting on offer at a concert or gig

8. What photographers do you draw inspiration from?


Jinjer at Corner Hotel
Jinjer – The Corner Hotel – @jinjer_official
Ocean Grove at Manhatten Hotel - Original Lineup
Ocean Grove – Manhattan Hotel – @oceangrove

9. If you could shoot any band in the future, who would it be? 

Nothing More, Alter Bridge and Lorna Shore would be my top 3 I haven’t had the chance to photograph yet 

10. Concerts can get pretty rowdy, what’s your best gig story?

 Manhattan Hotel in Ringwood where Ocean Grove with their original lineup where headlining and there was a barrier pushed right up against the stage. I was in the crowd at the front trying to photograph and behind me the crowd was surging back and forward but I managed to get some great shots of all the bands that night.

Full Scale at The Workers Club
Full Scale – The Workers Club – @full_scale_

11. What’s your favourite camera to use when you are not shooting gigs and why? 

Canon R6 as I love the way the mirrorless camera does eye detection and just the versatility of the camera in different environments

Huge thanks to Michael for taking the time to chat with us, you can see more of his work on his official website and social media: