In this edition of IN FOCUS, we chat with Nathan Goldsworthy aka Odin Imaging, one of the scene’s most prolific photographers and an all-around nice guy.
How many years have you been shooting?
Been shooting live music 6 years as of the 27th of Jan ‘24
2. How did you get started in photography?
I’ve always had an interest in photography since high school, just never had the means. Started getting more serious about photography a year or so before shooting my first concert when I invested in new gear and started doing landscape photography in my spare time.
3. Favourite band to shoot?
Favourite local band: Munt, Earth Rot and Denouncement Pyre, International: Heilung, Watain and Behemoth
4. Favourite venue to shoot and why?
The Forum in Melbourne, it’s such a stunning venue and there is no bad viewing spot.
>Max Watts, I always feel comfortable shooting there, it kinda feels like I am shooting in my living room.
I also like the warmer leaning lighting there, and the staff are legendary
I always run 2 bodies, currently, it’s the Canon R5 and R6, the Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 & 450 AW II and i have a custom dual camera leather harness I purchased on Etsy. For glass it all depends on what I’m expecting. But, generally for smaller/darker shows i have the sigma 35mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.2 art series and for larger shows I’ll run the Canon EF 24-70 and EF 70-200 f2.8
6. What software do you use to edit your photos?
I do my initial pass and sorting in Lightroom Classic and then I’ll finalise in Photoshop with DXO software extensions
7. How would you describe your editing style?
Over-edited and clean
8. What photographers do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from a diverse array of photographers, each leaving a distinct mark on my artistic journey – from Peter McKinnon, whose captivating videos sparked my camera purchase, to the visionary landscapes of Dale Sharpe and Marc Adamus, the timeless mastery of Ansel Adams, the creative lens of Viktoria Haack, the captivating scenes captured by Christian Høiberg, the iconic portraits by Peter Lindbergh, and the collective innovation of my peers in the music photography community. Together, they form a dynamic tapestry that constantly encourages me to push boundaries and explore new horizons in my own work.
9. If you could shoot any band in the future, who would it be?
White Ward, Worm, Afsky, Iron Maiden and Ahklys
10. Concerts can get pretty rowdy, whats your best gig story?
Thats a tough one, probably a toss-up between being covered in pig blood at a Watain show or seeing a guy getting kicked out of a venue because he was urinating on the barrier at the front of the venue
11. What is your favourite camera to use when you are not shooting gigs and why?
I love my Fuji X100V, the portability and fixed 35mm f2 lens and slower shooting style puts me out of my comfort zone and makes me adjust my mindset with photography
Huge thanks to Nathan for taking the time to chat with us, you can see more of his work on his official website and social media:
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