London-based Ben Walsh shoots the most charged of photographs. Focusing much of his attention on the capital's grime scene - as well as festivals like Bestival, Wireless, and Born N Bred - he captures both the energy and intensity of onstage performances and the intimacy of portraits behind the scenes. The result is a portfolio of lucid, dynamic, and perfectly-timed shots. Here, he guides us through some of his favourites:

Elf Kid & Blakie at i-D Mix party at Shapes, Hackney // 130815. This was the first music event I photographed. The energy between these two is unreal, they're always bouncing off each other.

Elf Kid & Blakie at i-D Mix party at Shapes, Hackney // 130815. This was the first music event I photographed. The energy between these two is unreal, they're always bouncing off each other.

AJ Tracey at Junction House for Samurai Sound // 261116. I photographed this show for a recording company, and I love this shot of AJ going in with the crowd around him.

AJ Tracey at Junction House for Samurai Sound // 261116. I photographed this show for a recording company, and I love this shot of AJ going in with the crowd around him.

Logan Sama at Bestival 2016. I was interning for Bestival and I shot Eskimo Dance for them. Logan Sama is one of my favourite DJs and I love this one of him mixing just before he left the stage.  

Logan Sama at Bestival 2016. I was interning for Bestival and I shot Eskimo Dance for them. Logan Sama is one of my favourite DJs and I love this one of him mixing just before he left the stage.

 

Wiley backstage at Eskimo Dance at Bestival. Wiley wasn't on the line-up so it was a huge surprise to see him. I got this shot after chatting to him about Roll Deep.

Wiley backstage at Eskimo Dance at Bestival. Wiley wasn't on the line-up so it was a huge surprise to see him. I got this shot after chatting to him about Roll Deep.

PK at Born N Bred Festival // 050716. I shot the festival for Rinse FM and I love the expressions of the artists around him.

PK at Born N Bred Festival // 050716. I shot the festival for Rinse FM and I love the expressions of the artists around him.

Killa P at Radar Radio // 260616. I went to take pictures of a friend who was doing a warm up set upstairs, but I snuck into the main room. It was really low lit, but I love the gun fingers in this shot.

Killa P at Radar Radio // 260616. I went to take pictures of a friend who was doing a warm up set upstairs, but I snuck into the main room. It was really low lit, but I love the gun fingers in this shot.

Big Narstie at Wireless // 080716. I was waiting for Narstie to take his top off - it truly captures his personality, and makes for great photography.

Big Narstie at Wireless // 080716. I was waiting for Narstie to take his top off - it truly captures his personality, and makes for great photography.

Giggs with Skepta performing Whippin Excursion at the GRM Daily Rated Awards // 071116. An impromptu moment, everyone rushed on stage and I was fortunate enough to capture it. Skepta's skanks were hilarious!

Giggs with Skepta performing Whippin Excursion at the GRM Daily Rated Awards // 071116. An impromptu moment, everyone rushed on stage and I was fortunate enough to capture it. Skepta's skanks were hilarious!

 

You can check out more of Ben's photography - in their colour originals - on his website and instagram.

Words: Josie Roberts

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AuthorDuncan Harrison