This is Adrianne. She is very sweet and has tons of spirit.
Chris is about to launch a website for his new book which is a detective story set in New York in the sixties. Chris is one of the most knowledgable people on the planet on the subject of The Velvet Underground and a fairly reliable source (Chris himself) told me the book has some aspects of that scene woven into it.
This session took place at Chris’s compound in deepest Finchley, London.
…. from last Saturday’s live band shoot. This is the guitarist from Tenyson. When I get his name I’ll edit this.
There is some aspect of any kind of work that has the potential to be fun to do. At least that’s my theory. In photography there are all kinds of work I don’t particularly like. Event photography is one of them. Weddings come into that category and so does shooting live bands. But ….
I’m finding that aspect that I like. And without going into it in any detail I’ll just put up a few samples from the “Smoke on the Water” live outdoor concert that took place on Saturday as part of the Saint Hill Arts Festival.
This is 2190.
The Press Gang
Press to Meco
As mentioned a week or two ago Roger Nunn wanted some promo type images. I’d been looking forward to this session for a while and had dreamed up a few scenes. On the day the weather wasn’t kind and it was also quite late in the day when we began.
We started on a roof in the heart of the City of London.
Looking south towards the Thames.
Looking north. Yes that is St Paul’s Cathedral.
Looking west toward Blackfriars. It was quite tricky getting Roger on to that platform. I told him I was insured but he still took a little persuading.
Roger is basically a nice guy but looking like one isn’t always called for. So we went for a sinister kind of thing here.
And lastly the sulking in an alley type look which is compulsory for all rock musicians. In this case Roger wanted coffee and there was none to be had.
I don’t do weddings. But I did this one as a second shooter. I won’t explain how it came about as it probably isn’t of much interest. Suffice to say it happened last Friday and in spite of all the reasons I don’t do weddings I had a great time. The couple, Bernard and Sibila, were married at Sidcup Registry Office and held their reception at the Holiday Inn in Bexley.
At the end of the day my feet felt quite abused but it was a good day. Here are some samples of what I got.
Thank you Bernard and Sibila. It was a privilege to share your day and I wish you great happiness.
Friend and Press Gang drummer Roger Nunn came over today to pick up some prints and to show me the cover of the Press Gang’s new album which now has the title “No Mercy”.
The first hundred sold will be a special limited and numbered edition which is a lot larger than the normal CD album. It looks great and I’m very pleased with the way it’s been printed. After the first hundred it will only be available as a regular sized CD cover.
The inside spread shows individual shots of the band. The background image came from a library but was processed by yours truly.
You’ll notice Roger’s hands are filthy in these pictures. He’d been painting today. I could have asked him to clean up first but would that truly be rock and roll?
Recent posts have drifted away from Rock and Roll so this is to get the blog back on track. Louise was fun to work with. This was shot on the roof of her flat somewhere near Holloway in London one evening about a year ago I think.
I’m about to move and I’m not entirely sure where I’m going yet but will likely arrive there within the next day or two. I’m aiming to do a lot more work along these lines in the near future. So if you’re any kind of artist reading this and you like what you see let me know.
Just because it’s a cute picture really. I have a few bookings that involve children coming up so you can expect a few more in the weeks ahead.
This was made about a year ago and may have even been posted before. But I like it.
Call me cynical but I can’t stand those positive thinking standards such as “this is the first day of the rest of your life”. It’s a true enough statment but there’s something altogether wet about it in that it’s quite close to being a useful truth without actually being one by itself. The speaker acts as if he has said something profound. My reply is usually something like, “Yeah but did you know that without Tomorrow there can be No Future?” Or if it’s a politician I’d ask, “Do you intend to put the Great back in Britain?”
This is a scene that is about a half mile walk up the road from ARTS House. I call it the Plawhatch Lookout but that isn’t it’s real name. This was shot just over two years ago and processed early this morning. One of my pet hates is to see framed pictures with captions beneath them. I have a voice in my head that shouts captions should not be needed if the image is good enough. But in this case “A new day” came to mind and that reminded me of another pet hate of mine; motivational speakers who say things like the above.
So I’ve decided to call it “You’ve a whole new day to screw up”. Could be the begining of a whole new series.