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Michael Stipe (REM) waving to his mum (who is eating a bag of chips!)

By Andrew_Hurley
This is REM's lead singer Michael Stipe, taken at the Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester. I arrived at 3.25 pm, the doors opened at 4pm, I grabbed a portion of chips and a litre of water to see me through the next six and half hours then made my way to the stage.

To my surprise there was only 10 rows of people in front of me so I knew I would get a clear view of the band. I took my 70-300mm lens (which is really a 105mm-450mm lens digitally) so getting close to the actions wasn't going to be a problem. I took 178 photos in total but many of them suffered with poor focussing (as I don't use auto-focus as a rule, although I will in future).

I'm not sure if Mrs Stipe was in audience but I thought the title may cause a ripple of laughter from the ephotoziners, yes I can see you smiling now! Humour at an REM concert I here you ask, yes it does exist - although only in small quantitles.

This photo (and title) is also on REM's official website - REMHQ.COM. Michael Stipe probably doesn't bother looking at the site. You've seen one shot of yourself playing live you've seen them all!

Tags: Cricket Concert Bag Photo journalism Music Gig Guitar Mum Peter Manchester People Club Rock Musician Band Michael Old trafford Rem Chips Humour Singer Guitarist Buck Portraits and people Stipe Mrs stipe Humour and fun

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PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
2 Sep 2008 6:16PM
Great story and a good candid photo too.


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Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 9:51PM
Excellent shot & title, well done Andrew.
stevieasp 11 7 England
2 Sep 2008 10:35PM
Hi Andrew, just catching up after a few weeks away from EPZ. Looks like a great series of shots, see you next Tuesday,

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