February 23rd 2016.
It's Day 5 of 5 of London Fashion Week 2016 (and the journal for that is here), and the capstone event to conclude it is (I'm told) the Elle Style Awards. My attitude towards Awards ceremonies in general ranges from "Very High Esteem" (Baftas, Oliviers) to "Vague Acceptance" (Empire Awards, Evening Standard Awards) to "Proportionate to their Contempt of me" (BIFA last year) to "wait.. are these awards *actually* awards or are you just giving shiny things to your friends for showing up?" (GQ Awards).
Ironically, of course, the awards I most enjoy are the ones at either extreme of the spectrum (Love you, GQ!). But which would the Elle Style Awards be? No idea... but if nothing else people should be well dressed, I figured..
Here's how it went down:
File note : around about here, I ran out of battery charge on the Nikon which I'd been using primarily for this premiere (or at least interchangeably with the Pentax whenever either was writing to buffer memory at this event, as the failure rate of photographs was so high). I can only blame myself for this oversight.... however given the very cold temperatures I immediately removed the battery and put it next to my skin in my pocket.... just in case somebody REALLY important showed up.
And that...was more or less that. It wasn't an easy event to photograph, especially for somebody like me who takes photos without a flash. When everyone else around you DOES use a flash, and there is no ambient light, you either have to piggypack on their flash randomly (and every failure will be pitch black), or you need to shoot through their flashes (and every failure will be overexposed or underexposed as your camera tries to compensate)... or you shoot on Manual and hope for some kind of middle ground.
Long story short : not an easy one. But... it was okay. London Fashion Week 2016 is over... and I'm spent, Darlink.
Until Next time, it's another one for "The Archive"
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