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Iona Bateman (Ireland)
Rock photographer


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Barikada je dobila ekskluzivno pravo da ih koristi za potrebe ove rubrike. Hvala vam g. Iona Bateman.

Iona Bateman - Check out the photo pit of any major music event in Ireland and you're sure to meet The Professionals. They're the guys with the massive cameras, with the thrusting zooms, the gung-ho equipment belts and the faces that are dead of any human expression. The only time they look remotely happy is when they produce a lens that's bigger and fatter than their rivals. This is their cue to start comparing statistics (maximum apertures, megapixels, shutter speeds, frames per second), while they wait to photograph a band that they're not remotely interested in.

When the job is done, they'll all troop back to their laptops and file a few shots to the papers in town. Each of them will deliver a boring vertical shot of the act, an equally boring horizontal and a 'bonus' picture of a young girl in the front row of the crowd, waving and looking giddy, as directed.

Which is one of the reasons why Iona Bateman is so refreshing. Firstly, she loves this work. Secondly, she's totally into the music, and when she's not being jostled by The Professionals at The Odyssey, she's happily installed at one of the nearby dive bars or sinkholes of Belfast where local music is messily created.

She understands the essence of rock and roll - all that clamour, perspiration and harsh poetry. And if you watch her at work, you'll see her locking into the rhythm of a band, second-guessing the noisy chords, the peaks and the perfectly mad flights. Most of the time, she'll come back with images that summarise the best parts of the night. She favours grainy, high-contrast shots, wise to the drama of each event. And nearly always, her work is exceptional.

That's an Iona image on the cover of the new Therapy? DVD. She's also the Queen Bee of Alternative Ulster, giving the new magazine a visual character, and a cache of shots that show people like The Darkness in watchable ways. Her work has featured in Kerrang!, NME and Hot Press. She has worked her photographic passage through Dubai and Greece, while bands such as The Datsuns, Electric Eel Shock and The Von Bondies all consider her as a mate. If Iona was a band, we'd all be demanding a big record deal on her behalf. But a career in pictures is harder to plot, and so her future is difficult to call. "I wanted to be a vet," she explains, laughing, "and I was half-way through a degree course. But I also wanted a part in the music scene, and so photography was my way in. You have to work extremely hard. You do work for free in the beginning, and hammer away, until someone picks up on what you're doing. That's why I have so much sympathy for local bands. My big ambition for 2004 is to get a good camera and to go to every festival, with all the best bands."

Ah yes, the camera. Iona uses a little shiny Fuji, primitive by digital standards, and certainly not designed for the rigours that she routinely puts it through. The machine is stretched to the very edges of its potential - to the extent that camera shop assistants snigger when she asks for enlargements. They patronise her and pity her lack of pixels. But then the shots come back and they have to concede that actually, these are quality bits of art.

Two and a half years ago, she took some pictures from the crowd at a Stereophonics gig. She was using a disposable camera, but a few frames were alright, and found their way onto the band's official website. Next time the band played, she was given a proper photopass and she brought along a basic SLR machine. Another cameraman showed her the settings and she was off.

She became active on the internet, where she befriended Scarlet Page, rock photographer. She took the time out to critique Iona's shots on the web, and they became friends through e-mail. So when Scarlet was shooting a Foo Fighters session in the jacuzzi of the Clarence Hotel in Dublin, she invited her Irish friend along, and those few hours were enough to confirm a career path.

"I'm really bad at technical things," Iona claims. Still, the digital format allows her to experiment and then delete at will, hitting buttons for effect, rather than following theory. And she has used her website (www.soulfluff.com) to good effect, selling prints abroad, showcasing her best work and then connecting to other aficionados abroad. "It was a help at the beginning," she recalls. "It really spread the word. The internet's a great place to promote yourself, but recently it's been more of a hindrance. Once you start being successful, people start taking a dig at you."

By her own admission, Iona could do with a thicker skin. So many of the other factors are in place though, and she's an example of how a creative industry can be defined by enthusiasm and novel ways of getting inspired. It is, of course, a vision thing. (text taken from: www.soulfluff.com).

Contacts:

Iona Bateman
Rock Photographer / Freelance Music Photographer
Photo Editor - Alternative Ulster Magazine
http://www.soulfluff.com







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