Well 2020 is the third (& final) year of CiscoLive! in balmy Barcelona at the cavernous Europa Fira convention centre.

I’m just back and still recovering from the 17 degree heat – which returning to stormy Cornwall is a bit brutal. I was getting kinda used to it.

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I love shooting CiscoLive! – it’s always a genuinely interesting event with plenty of future technology and Bladerunner-style IT discussions.

This year was no exception. Actually it was better. More dynamic, more visually interesting to shoot – plus as photographers the client had given us the ‘go arty’ brief…which is always very, very welcome. And shows a degree of trust in us, hopefully…

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So…lots of blurred backgrounds, spontaneous moments and sharp details.

The highlight was closing keynote speaker Richard Browning…aka Iron Man…who arrived on stage flying through the air in his jet pack.

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Talk about making an entrance – the thousands of delegates seated in the hall were spellbound. Meanwhile I was desperately trying to hunt him down, mid-flight, in the dimly-lit gloom…and luckily got a bit of magical backlight. And the kerosene engines glowing orange…boom!

The majority of the conference is exhibition space…and good old-fashioned speaker sessions. I love catching individuals in the audiences…lost in the moment.

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But what’s this? Some dynamic and truly engaging speakers energising their audiences? I definitely wasn’t expecting a Mexican wave…but I got one.

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In the exhibition spaces there were plenty of technology-based stands and games to play – like the Rain Wall – photographic projections onto umbrellas surrounded by a curtain of water…

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…and the Grid – where delegates had to simulate switching on a country electricity system:

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The week ends with a party. A big party…this year headed up by the eternally optimistic Nile Rodgers and his band Chic whose universality and unmistakeable groove had everyone up & dancing.

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Out in the crowd there were a few other famous faces too…

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And on other stages there were dancers, roller girls and a monster half-pipe skateboarding show…

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Thanks Sean Barnes for a great week’s shoot – again (it’s the fourth) and also the excellent Ben Phillips. It’s not often as photographers that we get to work in a team – just at big commercial events like this – and it’s an absolute pleasure. Well…except for the constant Canon Unicorn Camera chat…just go Sony Alpha guys!

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Cisco Live 2020 EMEA Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain,
Cisco Live 2020 EMEA Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain,
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