Sunday, 28 August 2016

'Pictures of You'

'I've been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they're real
I've been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures

Are all I can feel.'

(The Cure - Pictures of You)

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Archive Image; Cornershop, 2002

While sorting out more of my archived shoots I found this previously unseen portrait of the band Cornershop, photographed in London in 2002.

Cornershop, London, 2002 © Michael Robert Williams


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Tate Modern Extension;

I took so many photos, on my iPhone, while wandering around the new Tate Modern extension in London - so I thought I'd post a little set here - these were just for me, so colour and treatments may not fully represent reality...  :)

Tate Modern, London © Michael Robert Williams, June 2016


Saturday, 4 June 2016

Muhammad Ali;

This really is a year for the loss of icons - Bowie, Prince, and now we lose Muhammad Ali.
RIP Muhammad 'The Greatest' Ali - January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016

'He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.'
Muhammad Ali.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Old Sketchbook Pages;

While sorting out some old boxes I found a couple of my old sketchbooks, these are actually from when I was a student. I'd been to art college before going on to study photography - it seems I didn't want to leave the paints and things behind yet. I've sometimes used multiple images in my work over the years, but looking at the sketchbooks it seems I did it often then, and used backgrounds often to 'frame' the photographs. I think I should start doing more of this again now, if only for myself...

Sketchbook Pages © Michael Robert Williams


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Prince Rogers Nelson. June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016

The news that Prince has passed away has really hit me. After Bowie that is now two of my all time favourite artists gone. I was lucky enough to see Prince in concert a number of times and I can say he was the greatest solo artist I've ever seen live. Every show was incredible. I've been a fan since I was a teenager, and still love his music now.
The greatest of his generation.

It's strange how the loss of a musician can affect us - some people don't get it, they say ‘but you didn’t know them’. But if you’ve truly loved music and it has mattered in your life you still feel a loss because you felt a connection to that artist through their music, and that music ’spoke to you’, this artist could somehow put into words and music how you were feeling, and of course you connected to that. There are, I think for most people, key periods in your life when music has a big impact; when we love someone, when we lose someone, and for everyone there are the teenage years - music is literally the soundtrack to your teenage life. Prince and Bowie were a part of mine. I saw Bowie for the first time when i was 16 years old, I think if I remember correctly I was 19 when I saw Prince first. Prince albums really did seem to soundtrack my teenage years. ‘1999' at school discos, listening to 'When Doves Cry' on my Sony Walkman, and 'Raspberry Beret' still reminding me of a girl I had a huge crush on one summer and yet never even knew her name - I used to see her in town every now and then; the song connection? She really did wear a raspberry beret every time I saw her :)

Music is one of those things we connect to, becomes part of our memories, and can even help shape us I think. I has me anyway. It would take a much longer piece to really write about what music has meant to me, it even became central to my work, but I’m not writing that piece today.

Sorry, I can't resist posting these lyrics... :)

'In the beginning God made the sea
But on the 7th day he made me
He was tryin' to rest y'all when He heard the sound
Sound like a guitar cold gettin' down
I tried to bust a high note, but I bust a string
My God was worried 'til he heard me sing
My name is Prince and I am funky
My name is Prince the one and only'

Prince - 'My Name Is Prince'

One of Prince's Jackets circa Purple Rain
Photo © Michael Robert Williams, 2013


Wednesday, 30 March 2016


Tidying / organising my desk draws; I'm a sucker for music memorabilia - even my own work stuff, kinda - I keep photo passes, tickets etc from shows, I just can't throw them out...