It couldn't be further from the glamour of fashion week, but recently FHM sent me to Sonisphere Rock Festival at Knebworth to capture the intensity of 190,000 Slipknot, Metallica, Slayer, Limp Bizkit, Motörhead and many other rock fans.
Despite being nearly hit with condoms of piss as the two sides of the audience pelted each other, grim heavy rain and zero chance of sleep, it was an eventful weekend and I met many interesting hardcore fans of the various bands. What fascinated me the most to note about this subculture is the difference between the older crowds and the younger. It seems that most of the kids into rock and metal these days (and I'm talking 16 year olds here) aren't dedicating themselves in the same way as the original fans in the '80s and '90s. That's not a criticism, but just an evaluation of our chop-and-change culture and the daily urge for individualism - nowadays its more about saying "you've got the T-Shirt" rather than living the lifestyle and on a Monday, if you have the right t-shirt, you're a hard metal fan at Sonisphere and tomorrow you're into grime and heading to a rave in New Cross. The long-term rock lovers have the tats, piercings and (you imagine) the lifestyles of real hardcore fans - and they made for the most engaging pictures, don't you think?