Jarvis Cocker of Pulp is seen in silhouette as he performs amidst green laser beams during the British band’s superb performance at Coachella.
One of the frustrating aspects of covering the music world is that photographers are nearly always restricted to shooting only the first two or three songs of a concert (with some control-mad pop stars, it can even be a ridiculous 30 seconds of the first song). Oftentimes, the best lighting and the most memorable performances will come later in the set, when the artist is really rolling but photographers are out of the venue and cursing the unfair lighting on their drive home. Pulp, however, must understand the power of fine visuals, as they allowed photographers at Coachella to shoot songs 4, 5 and 6 of their set, undoubtedly so that we could get images like this.
Every photographer at Coachella had a slightly different take on this situation. I shot it really wide, but others went tighter. There really wasn’t a wrong way to shoot it. Anyway, thanks Jarvis!