Probably my all time fav Christian band, Hillsong United has been creating inspiring songs and tunes since 1998. I have been a fan for about a decade and it’s amazing to see that they continue to create catchy music with touching lyrics, all with Jesus Christ as the main focus.
I finally got a chance to catch them live, here at Seattle as part of their Aftermath Tour on Feb 24th 2011. The concert was at the ShoWare Center, Kent, a good 1.5 hours journey by public bus; but worth every minute. One huge mistake I made was to not apply for a media pass. I figure I could have gotten the 3-song-photo op quite easily. But alas I forgot. I got the next best “seats” in the house – the free-for-all gallery right in front. Once I reached my “seat”, I starting unpacking my camera and packing my jacket. The best weapon in my photography arsenal, the beautiful white Canon 70-200 f/2.8, was attached to my camera by default. Planning to use this lens for shooting, I just waited at the side instead of standing for an hour to get a good spot in front of the stage. As soon as one of the security guys saw my camera, he came up to me and asked me if I have a Media pass. *drat* When I told them that I was just a regular concert attendee, he called his boss who came up and told me that I could not use the 70-200 because it was too “professional” and that I could use a “smaller” lens! *sigh* The only smaller lens I had was the 50mm f/1.4 and I had to make do with that. But, unfortunately, all the best spots were taken by then. The best I could manage by then was right in front of the huge speakers to the left of the stage. Quite reasonably, I expected a photography disaster that night.
While it might have been sort of a photography disaster, it was still one of my most fav concerts of all time; simply because I shot less and basked in the music more. I knew most of the songs and lyrics and sang along for most of the night.
Expecting some fireworks at their intro, I went back and stood near the center in order to capture the entire stage. That’s when I shot the featured image on top. And there they were – JD, Jad Gillies, Joel Houston and my all time fav, Marty Sampson.
However, two of my fav tracks were sung by Jill McCloghry, of whom I have no photos. She was standing on the other side and I never got a good spot from there. Hillsong United mixed it a bit by singing some of their older classics as well.
I rushed out after the concert to catch the last bus of the night with a smile on my face. Thanks Hillsongs!
You can view more photographs of Hillsong United performing live in Seattle below: