PHOTOGRAPHING A STADIUM ROCK CONCERT

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND - 'THE RIVER' TOUR - Wembley Stadium 5.6.16

If you can't wangle a press pass or the like, get there early so that you are at the front! With a performer like Springsteen at Wembley who regularly comes down towards and almost into the crowd, the unusual image if you are right there in the front row, is right in front of you. Otherwise, unless you have a mega telephoto lens you are left with great images of the crowd, or of the performer on one of the giant screens.

Because Springsteen elicits such devotion and everyone knows all the lyrics, and he loves interaction with the audience often inviting people up on the stage, interaction images are there for the taking. Since, I would imagine, every variation on the Boss as guitarist, harmonica player, singer, etchas been shot (and he does have a wonderfully expressive face when playing or singing his songs because he lives them afresh every time) other images can make for more interesting viewing.

For example, the fact that there is a tradition of bringing requests for songs on 'placards' (from the crude scrawl on cardboard to the sophisticated, artistic and witty) also allows for a more holistic approach to capturing the concert experience. Last night at Wembley, a girl sitting on her boyfriend's shoulders was wearing a mask of The Queen and used her placard to invite him to dance with her majesty. At another point, a young girl whose placard reminded him she would be back at school tomorrow but today ''the sun was shining'' was brought up on the stage and given the microphone. These are the unique images from such a concert and they the ones that define it more than photographs of the band or the Boss himself.

Alas I was not close enough to capture them!