“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
My music photo memory today is AC/DC. It follows on from yesterday’s blog post about photographing The Rolling Stones.
As I wrote about that experience, I was reminded of just how professional both bands, and their tour managers, were.
I was also reminded about how much both AC/DC and The Rolling Stones rocked.
I feel privileged to have been in the photo pit for both bands.
I’ll post my danger shots ~ EMINEM & Slipknot ~ soon.
One of my favourite pit memories is photographing The Rolling Stones a few years ago.
The band was fantastic live and so professional.
Their tour manager actually thanked photographers, on behalf of herself and the band, for helping to document the show. Rare respect.
This has only ever happened at one other show ~ AC/DC.
Usually band/tour managers leave the publicists in charge of the photographers and don’t come anywhere near us – unless it’s to warn us to be careful as there will be fireworks on stage (EMINEM) and drumkits on springs that just might bounce off stage (Slipknot).
Anyway, today I leave you with perfect Tuesday lyrics …
“Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you…
There’s no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away…”