By Nat Cantor
Greg's been honing his craft for over a decade, touring the globe with the world’s biggest bands and photographing everything along the way. He took a couple minutes out to chat with me about life on tour.
Since we met back in high school, photography has always been a passion of yours. How did you get into it?
Photography started as a way to keep my mind and hands busy. Then it became a way I could be part of the music scene. Then I started feeling like I actually had a skill for it, I could see myself getting better and learning how to capture photos. Photos of light and motion and people – all in their own context.
How did you make the jump from hobby to professional photographer?
It’s a long, somewhat grim road – in all honesty, I expected I’d end up in an office somewhere, sort of broken. But part of me thought I’d make it, too. Mainly because the idea of doing anything else terrified me and kept me awake at night.
At the start I learnt that if you show up for free, do good work, and don’t piss too many people off – eventually people start paying you. And if you hang out with fresh, talented, driven people, well then you’ve got a community that can all come up together.
Is there one single photograph you’ve taken you’re most proud of?
Ah man, you’re asking me to brag on myself (which is terrible) and to pick just one photo (also terrible). But… since you ask, one that has some of the biggest emotional impact is the shot of Frank Turner at Wembley. I watched him go a long way in his career, and was there shooting an awful lot of it over the years. Plus, I love the photo itself – the composition, the colour, the way it all seems too perfect but also still gritty and real. If I had to pick one I guess that would be it.
What’s the best thing about being on the road?
You bond together as a tour group, and create a rhythm of work, performance and fun that’s not like anything else in the world. The energy is so different, and in some ways the days are predictable and in other ways they’re never the same. Some of the best times in my life have been on the road.
And the worst?
It's exhausting. And stinky. When you’re on a bus tour you never have enough private space or the time to take a dump (if you don’t mind me saying so). You wake up in a panic and there’s a line for the one toilet in a filthy backstage...yeah, enough said. Even if it looks glamorous from the outside, when you’re in it, it’s still a bunch of dudes sharing small spaces in high pressure situations.
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