de Wallen band by Casper de Lange photography
I waited a very long time for the green light to post this blog. De Wallen Band everyone! de Wallen is based in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. Now these guys come along way. The first time I had any interaction with them was back in 2012 at Rock the River festival in Cape Town. The energy that these guys released definitely distinguished them from any other bands and it caught my attention. In terms of music, they were good..not amazing, but better than other bands trying to do genre. At the time when they approached me to do the photography for the new album launch, I didn’t realise that I was about to become part of something really really amazing.
Now me and Jeandre (vocals) always had chats about doing something different for a photoshoot, and if we would have posted any of those online, I probably had to add age restriction to my website, but that’s what rock and roll is all about. We decided to capture de Wallen in their element, to get them to do what they do best…wreaking havoc.
We found a storehouse located near Stellenbosch that was big enough and safe to play with fire. Photoshop fire? no, the real deal.. go big or go home.
Now generally playing with fire is not a factor that will make you a rebel, but I am going to be honest, a “singstar” mic filled with paraffin being swinged at high velocity only a few meters away from myself and Profoto lights is really nerve wrecking. We added a smoke machine to get extra effect, and it worked really well.
de Wallen 2.0 is exactly what it is. A new feel, mature but still dirty rock and roll. I am very excited for the new release. In my opinion, one of the best bands in South Africa.
I really want to thank the crew who helped out on the day. Lee-Ann Dreyer from MISS LAD make up who made these guys dirty and Arno Daiber who was my production assistant for the night.
Gear used :
Nikon 35mm F2.0D
Sigma 10-20 3.5-5.6
2 x Profoto Acute systems
Profoto beauty dish
Profoto Magnum reflector (CTB)
Casper de Lange is a Cape Town based photographer specializing in fashion and music and commercial photography
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