“Someone I know is now someone I knew.
No, the sadness never fades …”
Last year, Summon the Birds won the prize. The shoot that eventuated was creative, productive and fun. It’s important as a photographer to know your subject so as to capture their essence as an individual and also, in this case, as a group.
I always want my photos to reflect the person, the band, the music.
Summon the Birds sent me their latest CD and links to some of their new material. After listening to their music, reading their lyrics, and doing some research into the themes/ideas of their songs, I had a meeting with the singer to workshop some ideas for the photo shoot.
Summon the Birds wanted an image that reflected their new material, specifically the song based on The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp by Rembrandt.
Discussion followed about whether it was possible with only four members and also how to incorporate the titles of the songs into the image. These are the results:
Thank you to fellow photographer, and great friend, Ros O’Gorman for assisting me on the day.
And thank you to Sydney Levin who edited the chosen three images into the final result.
More of my portrait photography can be found: www.RockLust.com
I feel so honoured to have Paulie Stewart, the lead singer of Aussie cult band Painters & Dockers, ask to use one of my photos as their promo pic for the upcoming Meredith Music Festival.
I remember seeing Painters and Dockers years ago when they would play live in Treasury Gardens, just near Parliament House, to protest against the Kennett Government’s proposed (and unfortunately eventuated) School Closures.
Painters and Dockers incorporate social/economic/politics issues with a sense of humour. Some of their well-known hits are: Nude School, Die Yuppie Die, Eat Shit Die, and You’re Going Home in the Back of a Divvy Van.
If you haven’t heard of the band, look them up.
Courtney Love: “You Know My Name” Australian Tour
Last night Courtney Love performed to an extremely enthusiastic Melbourne crowd. Held at Festival Hall, it was her third concert in Australia, and her first Australian tour since 1999, when she fronted the band Hole.
Though the numbers had diminished fifteen years later, so too had the attending critics. Instead, the numbers on Saturday night contained fans; and it was all about Courtney Love and her music.
Courtney Love’s highly anticipated gig did not leave fans disappointed. Love delivered an intensive 90 minute set, with light-hearted banter in between songs. Love smiled all the way through the gig. So did the audience. With her classic foot-on-the-monitor rock pose, Love effortlessly belted out song after song. Together with her new material, Wedding Day and You Know My Name, Love covered Fleetwood Mac’s Gold Dust Woman and The Crystals’ He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss), as well as Hole hits, Miss World, Violet, Celebrity Skin, Olympia, Pretty on the Inside, Malibu, and Doll Parts.
Touring with Love, is her hand-picked band consisting of Shawn Dailey (Rock Kills Kid, Hole), Robin Diaz (Daughtry), Micko Larkin (Larrikin Love, Hole), and Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts). Talented in their own right, together they rocked, and the group dynamics with Love were smooth and seamless.
A brilliant gig. If a critic were in the audience on Saturday night, they would at least have to acknowledge Love’s talent as singer, songwriter, and performer.
There are a few more chances to catch Courtney Love on this Australian tour:
Monday, 18th August: Wrest Point, Hobart
Wednesday, 20th August: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Friday, 22nd August: Panthers, Newcastle
Saturday, 23rd August: Uc Refectory, Canberra
Sunday, 24th August: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tomorrow night at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne, they’ll be an info session about SxSW.
In the leadup to this year’s SXSW new delegates, band members and their management, previous attendees and those wanting to go this year or in the future can network and get advice.
Drinks start at 5:30, a panel of experts/veterans convenes at 6:30 and questions are welcome. It will run through til about 9pm, or later. No need to RSVP.
I’ll be there. Come say hi 🙂 x
Ps. For further inspiration, here are the links to my SxSW nostalgia posts:
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