While I was at Jónsi (see below for an explanation of why that night changed my life), I did something I haven’t done for a really long time. I looked at the crowd.
Normally when you go to a gig, your world revolves around the bubble of people in your immediate vicinity – and the band/person on stage. Maybe it was because this was no ordinary concert, but within the first ten minutes I became acutely aware of the fact that my jaw was hanging open. Not just partially surprised at what I was looking at, RIGHT OPEN.
After the micro-second of embarrassment, I realised just as quickly that *no-one* in the room cared about whatever I was doing and I started to wonder if this Icelandic gentleman was affecting people in the same way.
Then. Then, I thought about photos. Photos of gigs. You see the standard crowd shot, arms reaching for the sky, girls on boys’ shoulders at festivals, the rockstar screaming into a microphone – even the artist that likes to take photos of the audience. But has anyone spent the whole gig looking back into the crowd? Are there photographs somewhere that pick out people and record their reactions?
I’d love to know. I’d love to take some myself for that matter. The search begins…