Music photographer Nic Bezzina had shot concerts for years before turning his lens to what was behind him the whole time: “people who are sort of losing their minds”. The crowd, that amorphous, vibrating creature with a thousand faces, is the subject of his upcoming book, for which he just launched (appropriately enough) a crowd-funding campaign. Titled “Release The Crowd,” the project took Bezzina to the heavy metal festivals of Europe and Australia, revealing both the intensity that comes with letting go, as well as the close communities inside which fans can truly be themselves. He joined R&K from his home in Sydney.
Roads & Kingdoms: How did this project come about?
Nic Bezzina: I fell into photography because I started photographing music. From bands in small clubs, I began to get published and went up to shooting festivals. And after a while of being herded around with another 40-50 photographers, noticing that we all have the same gear and that we’re all shooting the same thing, I started turning my back on the bands.