Saturday, September 13, 2008

Capturing The Moment

Capture The Moment, originally uploaded by

It's been a good month for me. After seeing my piccies in the Daily Mail, the Daily Star and the New York Post I'm feeling like things are going nicely. What I need now are nice music magazines to pick up my images - although I think my agency has better relationships with the press than with the magazine publishers.

So I hope to buy a nice lens or two with the proceeds of these and other exploits to make my piccies even better so I can sell even more!

See how this fortuitous cycle works? You see?

Friday, August 29, 2008

Bank Manager

Bank Manager, originally uploaded by

Dan Gillespie Sells of The Feeling gets all dressed up...

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Big Chill

The Big Chill, originally uploaded by Ben Yacobi.

I went to the Big Chill Festival in Shropshire this weekend. it was my first music festival as a photographer. Well, first camping festival - I had photo passes for SXSW, Radio 1's Big Weekend, Summer case in Barcelona and, er, the iTunes festival - but none of those were proper festivals in the classic sense.

It was great fun - even though the Wifi in the Press Office was down. The Press office doesn't exactly have a complicated remit: distribute passes, give advice, and provide a means for journalists and photographers to get their info out to the outside world! They did put on a decent bar tent though.

Anyway the sun shined for most of it and I got to see Leonard Cohen and The Mighty Boosh among others...


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sam Sparro

Sam Sparro, originally uploaded by Ben Yacobi.

Sam Sparro is the bloke who sings Black And Gold. This was yet another gig at Koko for the iTunes Festival. It a great venue but the lighting is so difficult - lots of backlighting and shadows. Managed to get a few okay shots though...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Florence And The Machine

Florence And The Machine, originally uploaded by Ben Yacobi.

Ah there's nothing like a band who determinedly sticks to being unsigned, presumably with the expectation that the longer they hold out for the better the deal they'll get.

Or will they just disappear like 98% of all the other bands but without taking advantage of their slight fame.

I quite like this band though... and here they were a popular support act for the Ting Tings at Koko.

Well done and all that.

Saturday, July 05, 2008


N*E*R*D, originally uploaded by Ben Yacobi.

Pharrell Williams obviously decided I was worth rapping to. Not quite sure what he was saying - too busy making sure I didn't fuck this short opportunity up. Which I proudly claim I did not...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Sheep on Holiday, originally uploaded by

I went up to Wales this weekend.

Thursday, June 05, 2008


Duffy, originally uploaded by

Ah Duffy. I've never been a massive fan but let's face it, she's in a different stratosphere to Boyzone. Also seems very friendly. But then so did Boyzone.

This was a lovely gig though, and Duffy sang with passion, even if the start of the gig was lit by a gaggle of photographers using their flashguns throughout the first song (including myself). I suspect this looked quite dramatic to the crowd further back although not sure iof that was the attention - but it really was like papparazzi at the start. The second song of the two we were allowed lightened up and I turned my flash off allowing me to get the lovely tones you see here.

Others continued to use flash.

Lazy gits.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Boyzone, originally uploaded by

Um... probably should ignore this...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Richard on Stage

Richard on Stage, originally uploaded by

Went back stage with the Feeling at Radio 1's Big Weekend the other week. I've posted this particular pic because the yellow crowd should work nicely with the colour in the blog. Heh.

If you look closely a few people in the crowd have spotted me. Spotters badges for them. If you are one of these people please contact me with proof of who you are, I will check to see that you are indeed looking at me, and if so I'll send you the badge.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Eric Burdon at the Royal Albert Hall

I got sent to the Royal Albert Hall to photograph the ex-Animals lead singer. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was very good actually. Unfortunately, it was an all-seater with a low stage so the photographers were required to kneel and bloody hell did my legs hurt afterwards!

Keeps you fit this photography lark!

PS: I'm anticipating a lovely relationship between the green in the image and green in the blog design when I post this...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Portishead's Beth Gibbons

Portishead's Beth Gibbons, originally uploaded by

I've started providing some images on a casual basis to a picture agency. The first gig they sent me to was Portishead last week. Not exactly the easiest task - see that pose that Beth is holding in this picture? Yup, that was it. That's all she did. This and occassionally turn so she was completely facing backwards. Ah well, maybe, just maybe, you'll see this is Rolling Stone Magazine.

But probably not.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Hulk

The Hulk, originally uploaded by

You've got to love a bit of Radiohead...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Feeling

The Feeling, originally uploaded by

The Feeling played Porchester Hall for E4 to an audience of dedicated fans and there was nothing but adoration.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

I've got a lovely double page photograph in the centre of the Feeling's new album "Join With Us". Except in lots of the copies I've been credited with the name "Yakobi" instead of "Yacobi". Bah.

The band sold a million copies of their first album, and if they sell a similar number this time if even a small percentage will look me up that's still a lot of traffic!

So I've had to set up a page with the alternative spelling.

Check it out: Ben Yakobi Music Photography

Monday, February 11, 2008

Chinese New Year in London

Gate, originally uploaded by

Sunday marked the beginning of the Year of the Rat. Surely the coolest of the Chinese New Year's.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Into The Light

Into The Light, originally uploaded by

I went to this rickety old house and had to run from from left of this picture to behind the camera to get this shot of The Feeling recording the video for their new single. I nearly killed myself doing it though - very slippery floor as rain was leasking through onto it, and the floor was only held up using scaffolding so had I fellen I might have gone through it!

All part of the fun though...