Flickr a Day 16: The Darlingtons

Today’s pic is such startling contrasts that two universes stitch to produce the scene depicted in this other-worldly concert photo shot by Jason Parrish, on July 13, 2014. Look at how the bright, partly cloudy sky meets the canopied stage like mistaken halves forming a misbegotten whole. Then there is the people contrast—the crowd of oldsters moshing before the three young musicians.

Judging by the blue-and-white football—eh, soccer to Americans—jerseys, they are parents to the few kids low down to the stage and fans of the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Jason shot the photo at Owls in the Park, Sheffield, United Kingdom. So there you go. In another universe, The Darlingtons still play together. But in this one, the foursome broke up about three weeks after the performance. 

The composition—of the photo, not that which the boys play—is fantastic. I started out considering several other Jason Parrish photos, with Sean Bean top contender (go on, click and look). But I couldn’t resist composition that uses the stage to divide the scene so effectively. Jason shot the photo with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens. Vitals: f/4, ISO 500, 1/4000 sec, 27mm.

Jason lives in Sheffield, where he works as a “unit stills photographer”. Think of him as the person holding the other camera, when a movie is shooting—producing stills used for marketing and other purposes. His business enterprise is Arctic Productions. Take a look at his film sets, the first of the photos is from filming Neutral.

I discovered Jason’s Flickr unexpectedly, while searching for art for post “Should I Kickstarter?

Photo Credit: Jason Parrish