It’s not often you get to capture one of the world’s greatest Elvis impersonators and Ben Portsmouth is just that! In fact he has won the title of “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, Elvis’ home for so long. And having now seen and photographed him live I can tell you he is absolutely amazing at what he does and it was a privilege to be in the audience this night, capturing Ben and his “Taking Care of Elvis” show as the crowd literally went wild, as if Elvis himself was back in the building!
I’m a huge music fan, live music is such a joy to capture and although I wasn’t always a big fan of Elvis growing up, one visit to Memphis and Sun Studios was enough for me to ‘get it’ and I’ve been mildly Elvis obsessed ever since. Not only with his music but of the whole Elvis story, from trying and trying and trying to impress the iconic Sam Phillips at Sun Studio right through his unbelievable career.
Ben Portsmouth absolutely brings that Elvis soul into his performances and it was a joy to photograph his stage presence and the way he interacted with the crowd who absolutely loved every second of every song of this live performance.
Big thanks to Ben Portsmouth Taking Care of Elvis for having me for this live music photography in Manchester!