Mark E. Smith
When I first met my other half an essential part of getting together involved a joint love of music. The Wedding Present, Magazine and The Fall were essential listening on his part after all I loved The Smiths and Morrissey how could I have missed out on these greats?
That was soon put right.
The first time I saw The Fall live I was well aware of the anything can happen aspect...but I watched a brilliant gig and MES mesmerised. Maybe I’ve just remained lucky but I've seen The Fall a fair few times and each was an event, with a crowd that loved the gig.
The music of The Fall often accompanied me on long car journeys as I had a job (previously) that required me to be “on the road” for a majority of my time. I played them before heavy duty meetings - lyrics that would make me inwardly smile always helped.
On a personal level I wanted to photograph them, MES could sparkle but small gigs could be tricky if MES started flaying the mike stand about.
My chance came at a festival in 2010 but from the safety of the barrier, by getting down the front early and shooting on the barrier, in the crowd. The regulars who piled in were great, lots of big lads but they looked after me, maybe they got how important it was to me - the place bounced. It was tricky but I look at the images now (still early in my live music shooting) and I still get what the younger me was aiming for - the character.
Our reviewer noted that The Fall produced “the defining set of the weekend” which said it all and they were amongst some stern competition.
Close friends and my other half feel they’ve lost family. Mark E.Smith created music thats touched their lives for decades. Many had met him and are sharing great stories.
I have photos which are my memories, so I’m sharing those.
Author: Stephanie Colledge