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Our talented photographers here at NARC have captured some incredible images over the last twelve months. We asked them to pick their personal favourites of 2016 and they tell us a little about why that image was such a treat.

Dinosaur Jr. by Graeme J. Baty of Blank Slate Creative

I’ve struggled to find my photo of 2016. I’ve shot a lot less gigs this year but many of them are memorable for various reasons. A strange year for me, I’ve had a lot of doubts about my work, the curse of 2016? I’ve concluded that I don’t like any of my work for this year and I’ll try harder in 2017!
I’ve gone with a shot of Dinosaur Jr. Technically it’s not the best shot, not the best light but it meant a lot to photo this band. Teenage GJB wouldn’t have believed it! So I’m going for a sentimental choice. The original Dino line-up has been back in action for over a decade and they’ve consistently delivered the goods. Proving that their reformation is no retro kick cash in.
I headed up to Glasgow to catch them. Having not seen them in 6 years, I was excited to say the least! It was a dark show, really dark! I had to crank my ISO to get the shots, hence lots of grain on them. But it has that cool 90s film photo look. J is fairly static as always but Lou Barlow has more energy than should be allowed at his age. A joy to photo and something I’ll remember fondly for years to come. I have this shot framed and hanging in my studio. 

C.W. Stoneking by Gary Chaytor

Great live performance at a great venue. I love the lighting on this photo and the intensity in his glare. 

SOiL frontman Ryan McCombs by Carl Chambers

My pic of SOiL frontman Ryan McCombs at the Riverside in November is a favourite. He rejoined the band as lead vocalist in 2011 after a 7 year absence and is a very charismatic on stage performer, as are the other members.
Although the composition appears unusual, for me it manages to convey both the atmosphere of the gig and passion of the man himself. The ‘pit’ at the Riverside is quite tight and several photographers were vying for the ideal position, so I was pleased to get this shot!

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