Brett Anderson, of Suede, London. This is another portrait which will be in the exhibition. I'd been a fan of Suede and had paid to go and see them in the 90's as a student, so it was really nice to be able to photograph them some years later myself. This was shot in 2003 in London. This portrait wasn't actually used at the time, the session was more about portraits of the whole group, but I'd always liked the photograph of Brett so decided to include it in the exhibition. He was very easy to work with and didn't mind indulging me for a while to take some portraits of him alone after the group portraits were done. I loved the light coming through the trees, the shapes it made on the wall caught my eye and I shot Brett in that light. It's a very simple portrait - natural light, moody, maybe pensive is a better word. People don't make portraits like this often anymore, I don't know why - it's hard to put your finger on but things change. I love this portrait, and hope you liked knowing a little more about it.
Update; Only a couple of weeks now until the exhibition of my music work at Attitude Gallery in Congleton at the start of July. All the prints are currently being framed. Among the artists featured in the exhibition are The Killers, Kasabian, Oasis, Portishead, Ian Brown, Ellie Goulding, Johnny Marr, and this portrait of Kaiser Chiefs...
Along with my better known images, I edited my archives to produce to some portraits that have never been published, so some of the images on display will be available for the first time as edition prints. I will be there in person for the invite preview show on the evening of the 2nd July, and there for some of the weekend on the 4th & 5th July.
Update; Those who have followed regular news and other posts on my Facebook page will know that I have been planning an exhibition in my hometown of Congleton, in Cheshire. This came about after a talk with the gallery owners and is now set - it will be at Attitude Gallery in Congleton at the start of July. The exhibition will concentrate on certain areas of my work, specifically my music portraits and the main focus on UK artists including Kasabian, Oasis, Ian Brown, Johnny Marr, and others. But there will be a few US artists in the mix too, such as portraits of The Killers. I have been going over my archives and have pulled out a number of images, some of which are unpublished and this will be the first time some of these have been exhibited and available as edition prints. I will be there in person for the invite preview show on the evening of the 2nd July, and there for some of the weekend on the 4th & 5th July.
My portrait of Premier League footballer Emmanuel Adebayor is part of the brand identity of Adebayor’s ‘SEA Foundation’.
‘I want to do everything I can to make my country and my continent move forward.
The SEA Foundation has been set up to encourage creativity, inspire innovation and help communities build a better future. This is about a new mindset; it is about seeing Africa differently.’
Adebayor is currently at Tottenham Hotspur, and previously played for Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester City. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2008, and is currently Togo's all-time top goalscorer.
Emmanuel Adebayor portrait by Michael Robert Williams