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Sunset over our campsite
Sunset over our campsite

A sign of a good time is when you have no record of it; no memory, no photos or video, just a feeling… Intuition tells you it was a great night, or day (or both) yet somehow you have nothing to show for it. Now, DLTM can’t pretend that was 100% true of Glastonbury since we were sober the whole time, but we left with only a handful of photos after having an absolutely brilliant time at the last Glasto for couple of years.

The all-important weather was impeccable, we spent good quality time with a ton of friends and heard some amazing music. All in all enough fun was had to sustain us for the next two years, so here are a few highlights followed by some photos…

1: Ed Sheeran on the Pyramid Stage
This guy is like marmite, loved and not so loved in equal measure. For us, he’s a star who we’ve been following since very early on in his career. Yes, we’re not keen on every single thing he does but to stand there on his own for the duration of his set and command such a massive crowd while simply playing an acoustic guitar takes guts, and perhaps a little talent? We lay on the grass and took it all in from start to end, class.

2: Steffi and Virginia at Genosys
The polar opposite to some of Ed’s saccharin pop music, Steffi and Virginia delivered techno wizadry to the Genosys stage at Block9 during an early hours set that was absolute magic. At that time of the day you’e either been up for a long time or maybe just woken up, whatever the case may be you need some energy from the music and these two brought it in abundance. Closing with Rhythm On The Loose’s ‘Break Of Dawn’ was inspired, too.

3. Chic on the Pyramid Stage
As anyone who knows anything about music will tell you, Nile Rodgers is a LEGEND, yes in capitals because he truly is. He stepped out on stage, sent some love to the victims of the Grenfell disaster (who he said he went and did some volunteer work for), and then took the festival by storm with a killer performance, including a medley of number ones that was literally out of this world. Incredible, even more so because he managed to won his battle with cancer and is still performing and recording those basslines from heaven.

4. Maceo’s at Block9
For the lucky ones among us there are parts of Glastonbury that are a little bit exclusive – only for workers and those in the know. It may sound a bit elitist but people who work at festivals need to have a space to themselves away from the public where they can let loose. Maceo’s is one of those places, an after party spot where things get really loose and all manner of weird, flamboyant creatures gravitate to party all day. It’s always a treat to spend time there and this year was no different.

5. Craig David on the Pyramid Stage
For people who think they’re too cool for school Craig David is a total cheeseball and for the rest of us he is too, but he’s a supreme talent as well and adorably sweet and well meaning, whih is no bad thing. He’s a great entertainer and he has made some all-time lassi tunes. Watching him do his thing on the main stage was heartwarming, since he’s had quite a comeback in recent years, and a right old laugh – bouncing away and singing along to his garage hits was a definite highlight, among many others…

Foo Fighters on the Pyramid Stage
Foo Fighters on the Pyramid Stage
Glastonbury's famous flags
Glastonbury’s famous flags
Our mate Henri spinning down the Rabbit Hole
Our mate Henri spinning down the Rabbit Hole
The Arcadia spider by day
The Arcadia spider by day
Another friend, Mullally, making his debut at the festival
Another friend, Mullally, making his debut at the festival

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The endless beauty of the mountains in Bulgaria
The endless beauty of the mountains in Bulgaria

A few years ago a festival called Meadows In The Mountains came onto our radar. Run by some friends of friends it began, as many festivals do, as a tiny little, private get together and has somehow grown into a 2,000-capacity festival featuring international DJs and performers, huge art installations and a lovely grassroots vibe. This means there’s no commercial influence, just a strong, earthy, rustic feel where the sense of community lies at the heart of all that happens at the festival.

Musicians stick around for a few days after they’ve performed and often mingle with the crowd, and it’s easy to understand why when you witness the majesty of the surroundings. The Rhodope Mountains, on the Bulgarian border with Greece, are a joy to behold offering life affirming views including possibly the most amazing sunrise you may ever be likely to see in your lifetime. Here are some photos from that wonderful event…

Sunrise on the last morning of the festival
Sunrise on the last morning of the festival
Storytelling at Baba Yaga's House
Storytelling at Baba Yaga’s House
One of the festival's many fantastic hand-crafted art installations
One of the festival’s many fantastic hand-crafted art installations
Pregnant Maria Lindgren performed in style
Pregnant Maria Lindgren performed in style
View of the Main Stage
View of the Main Stage
Two of the many wonderful souls at the festival
Two of the many wonderful souls at the festival
Glitter galore...
Glitter galore…
The sky was a constant source of awe
The sky was a constant source of awe
Another one of the festival's interactive installations
Another one of the festival’s interactive installations
The local scenery was also a treat for the eyes
The local scenery was also a treat for the eyes

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© Don't Lose The Magic
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To celebrate the launch of our Photo Issue, we’ve selected a few of our own photographs taken over the past year or so at various events and locations around the world; from Beirut to east London, Amsterdam to Ibiza, Berlin and more. From gigs and club events, to adventures overseas and the odd things we see along the way, these are just a few of the photos that summarise DLTM’s first year of existence.

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© Andrew Gillman
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See more of Andrew’s work via his Instagram here –> www.instagram.com/neaz___y

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1. Aska Rollercoaster, Nara, Japan, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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2. Nephews in Paris, accidental double exposure, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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3. Shisa kanko, bullet train, Osaka, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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4. Ceviche and bowling, Elephant and Castle, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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5. Paris Blocks, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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6. Tomcat’s basket, Copenhagen, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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7. Wavey warriors, London, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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8. Maëva, Shibuya, Tokyo, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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9. Reflections, Chelsea, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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10. Pirate radio material, South London, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman

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© Beth Crockatt - featured in Don't Lose The Magic Photo Issue
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Beth Crockatt is a stalwart of music and events photography. She’s been around for a few years, making a living by documenting an industry she loves and adores. Beth’s has a knack of catching good times as they happen, transferring the energy of an unforgettable night into her images with panache.

Name? Beth Crockatt.

Age? 33.

From/Location? I’m a bit of nomad but currently live in London.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Working in clubs and the music industry since I was 15 and regularly for various publications for the past 10 years.

Camera of choice? Nikon D4.

Specialist area of expertise? Portraits, PR and badly lit places…

Inspirations? Martin Parr and David LaChapelle.

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? I have been lucky enough to travel around the world to attend some amazing parties and experience once in a lifetime moments, which I am forever grateful for. This said, as a photojournalist no matter how beautiful (and sometimes bizarre) the situations I was thrown into were, I always seemed to come back to the close up images – the personal shots of people just lost and dancing rather than the destination, the main booking, or whatever. Club events look right until you get down to the bare bones of the night and the people, and I have tried to reflect that in my selection here.

Where can our readers see more of your work? www.bethcrockatt.com

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Christopher Byron initially became known to us through his work as a musician, as part of techno duo Vosper. After seeing his incredible photographs on Instagram, we invited him to be part of the Photo Issue. Thankfully, he agreed and supplied us with these stunning, cinematic images below.

Name? Christopher Byron (also known as Christopher Vosper).

Age? 44.

From/Location? London, England, current location Montreal, Canada.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? I’ve been exploring with photography since 2007. But started to take it more seriously, only this past year.

Camera of choice? After using Canon and Pentax professional DSLRs over the years, I’ve recently settled on the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 with the 90mm F2 and 35mm F2 Fujinon lenses. It’s the reason I take my camera out with me daily. Being able to shoot directly in black and white with weather sealed lens that are equal to, or greater than Canon L-Lenses, gives me incredible freedom as an artist. The camera has a “range finder” style body, it doesn’t look like a DSLR. People don’t pay much attention to it and that is priceless.

Specialist area of expertise? Working as a visual effects artist, my attention to details, composition and cinematic references are a big part of my photographic style.

Inspirations? I work all day on TV commercials, so working in black and white is a breathe of fresh air.
I try to capture a natural, but contrasted mood of city life. Architecture always seems to make its way into my photos. I think this is, in part, due to growing up with a father as an architect and a brother who is an architectural model maker. At the same time, I’ve been obsessed with portraits for decades. Street photography and portrait photography are a natural extension of my interests.

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos?

1. Lovers walk – It was a foggy morning, the rain had stopped. I turned to see this couple walking towards me in the park. There was something very romantic about the image.

2. Bike in scale – I’ve always enjoyed a visual sense of scale. Overbearing monolithic architecture, put into perspective by one man.

3. Abandoned silo – Sometimes, just looking through a hole in a fence can lead to perfection.

4. The smoker – Walking through an dirty grey alleyway, I came across the day in orange.

5. Even stranger things – A massive sun was setting over the train tracks, then along came the lady walking her dog. There was something mysterious about the whole vibe. For some reason, the resulting look reminded me of an eighties movie.

6. Sun runners – Summer evenings in the hood.

7. Racing stripe – 7am on a Sunday morning downtown, an Audi with a Red racing stripe on its body, drove into my frame. The final result looks like a car ad.

8. Mrs Metropolitan – You never know what a downtown subway exit will bring you. Always keep your camera ready to shoot.

9. Pixel rain – An interior design store window gave a unique reflection upon passers by.

10. Roman holiday – I saw this couple standing in an entrance way across the street, early on a Sunday morning. That’s what I love about street photography, you really never know what you’re going to see. Just shoot all the time and never check your photos until you’re home. It’s so rewarding.

Where can our readers see more of your work? www.instagram.com/christopher_vosper and hear Vosper’s music –> soundcloud.com/vosper

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© DaddysGotSweets
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DaddysGotSweets is also known by her real name Beth, a spirited photographer from Wales but now residing in London. Her work is based mainly around documenting nightlife – an industry that she is extremely passionate about, with music on of the fundamentals of her life. Beth’s photos reflect her deep, unwavering love for clubs and electronic music.

Name? Beth.

Age? 29.

From/Location? Wales.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? I’ve been saying five years for at least three years now, so probably about eight years. Although I guess it was only after three years that I thought, “Yeah, I can do this.” So five years. Or eight.

Camera of choice? Nikon (d600).

Specialist area of expertise? Parties and peoples.

Inspirations? Marc De Groot and Nick Ensing for me were the pioneers of party photography. It was never a conscious, “Wow I want to do that” but I definitely remembered taking an interest in what they do. Also an amazing book called ‘Last Nights Party’, the photos were naughty and raw and it really made me realise that photos can be real instead of just glamourised and polished.

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? The photos I’ve chosen don’t have so much of a theme, they’re just images that stuck out to me. I never wanted to be a photographer, for me I’m a raver, I love music and partying, the photography is a by-product of that. So the images aren’t so much “Wow incredible crowd shot of amazing production” because that’s never what I set out to do, I prefer images that convey an emotion, tell a story or encourage the viewer to create a story in their own imagination.

Where can our readers see more of your work? daddysgotsweets.carbonmade.com and www.instagram.com/daddysgotsweets

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We’ve known Kenrick Nembhard for nearly 25 years. Adept with a camera, as well as paintbrushes, pencils and much more, (plus digital software too), Kenrick has a strong visual identity throughout all his work. His photographs here are from his days working the night shift (and sometimes day shift) as a paparazzo in London.

Name? Kenrick Nembhard.

Age? 36.

From/Location? South-east London.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Since 2010/2011 when I first started at Smart Pictures, the photo agency.

Camera of choice? Canon 500D as it was my first camera that I learned on, however I do love my Canon 1D Mark3 and I have had a Canon 1D Mark2. My smart phone is my daily driver as I use it all the time to take photos and do time lapses, which have become a staple of my work recently.

Specialist area of expertise? I would say time lapse, night time long exposures and street photography (but night time long exposures are my favorite).

Inspirations? Can’t say I’m inspired by any one thing in particular but I do look at a lot of other photographer’s work, and then try to do my thing.

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? This is just some of the work I carried out when I covered events for Smart Pictures – just a collection of pictures of some people you may or may not know.

I also wanted to add that I don’t Photoshop my images. Not because I don’t know how to use Photoshop but I think everyone is over-editing these days, and then calling themselves a photographer – when you should use a real set up and take a photo using your skills with the camera. Not post-editing to correct/enhance them.

Where can our readers see more of your work? www.youtube.com/user/kenrick91 and www.instagram.com/kenricknembhard

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© Jasmin Bell
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We met Jasmin Bell in Belfast at the AVA Festival, where she was working hard to catch all the action during the event’s second year. Her work has a lascivious streak, with crisp, bold colours, alluring activity and clandestine behaviour all captured by her keen eye.

Name? Jasmin Bell.

Age? 26.

From/Location? From Belfast, based in London.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Six years.

Camera of choice? Canon 6D.

Specialist area of expertise? People!

Inspirations? Colour, 16th century art, Stanley Kubrick, Instagram, subcultures, France…

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? These photos were taken on nights out in London at clubs, festivals and house parties. I particularly like the faceless images, it leaves an air of mystery.

Where can our readers see more of your work? jasminbell.com and www.instagram.com/jasminbell_

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© Khris Cowley
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Khris Cowley really lives and breathes his job. Exploring his love for travel and photography makes his heart beat, which is clear from the wonderful shots he takes. From festivals in Croatia, to days spent in the Nevada desert at Burning Man, his energy, enthusiasm and skill make him a photographic force of nature.

Name? Khris Cowley.

Age? 28.

From/Location? The Philippines/Bristol.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Five years.

Camera of choice? Canon 5D MkIII / Olympus OM20 / Polaroid SX70 Alpha / iPhone6S.

Specialist area of expertise? Events and travel photography.

Inspirations? Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gregory Crewdson…

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? The photos I’ve selected here are from some of my favourite events I’ve worked on in the last year, showcasing the diversity of places that I shoot. From dark sweaty raves in East London to festivals in the jungles of Tulum, I am always trying to capture the atmosphere of any given moment. These images capture exactly what I saw at that point, and are a form of nostalgia that I can now share with you.

Where can our readers see more of your work? www.wearehereandnow.net

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