I know I usually post personal photographs and things like that here, but sometimes I actually think to put work here too - and this is one of those times :)
These are a few of the photographs from a day with U.S. band Grouplove as they were promoting their excellent third album 'Big Mess', and I'm now able to share them here. There are a few portraits shot with them in the day, and some others including the band talking back at their hotel, and photographs from their show that night.
'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.'
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... :)
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...
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
These are a few of my portraits from a recent shoot with new Virgin Records artist Adam French, shot in London earlier this month. I know I usually post personal photos and other bits on here but these are some of my favourite recent photographs. You can check out some of his music here; virginemirecords.com/adam-french/
I don't know what to say - I've loved Bowie's music since I was a teenager - it feels almost like one of the family has passed away. I first saw him live when I was 16, and I've seen him again since. I've been listening to the new album this week. I only just posted a Bowie quote & photo on my FB page and here over the weekend. His influence went beyond music, his approach and attitude to being creative applies to all forms of art.
I don't have many heroes - but we just lost one of them. RIP David Bowie. I'm going to listen to some of your music...