Every music scene has it’s documenters – the ones who never miss a show or a backstage photo op. In the North-East, that guy is Ian West. He has relentlessly been documenting the NE music scene for several years now, and has exhibited his ‘first3songsnoflash’ prints, featuring Field Music, Frankie and the Heartstrings, The Futureheads, Les Cox Sportif, B>E>A>K>, Hyde and Beast, We Beat The System and more, at various spots around the region.
Ian West has also done studio and promo shoots for most of the pre-eminent bands in the North-East music scene, and in a way, I think his shots help keep a sense of community, togetherness and uniformity to the current wave of emerging talent in the area.
Ian has also shot a handful of superb music videos – most notably for Hyde & Beast. Check the video and some of his images out after the jump.
All images are copyright of Ian West ©