Late last year I started a new series of projects under the umbrella title of “Inside my sound”. The projects come under my overall research objective of “celebrating, protecting and educating new audiences on on heritage, culture and environment.” One aspect I am particularly interested in is exploring the role of musicians as kaitiakitanga in our collective whakapapa.
To kick this off I have been working with Wellington musicians Warren Maxwell (from Fat Freddy’s Drop, Trinity Roots, Little Bushmen and now at Massey’s new School of Commercial Music), Thomas Oliver and Louis Baker. This is really just an introductory investigation into the world of these fantastic musicians and the interplay between them as they create. Warren and I have had some great conversations about the similarities in the creative process of visual arts and musicians.
The guys generously let me photograph them during a practice session at home and a recent gig as “Pass the gat” at San Fran Bathhouse. I particularly loved one moment in the green room backstage where they grouped together for some voice warm-ups.
By the way you can see all three playing at this years WOMAD
It was a real honour working with the NZSO as the rehearsed for the upcoming tour – they allowed us to get incredibly close onstage with a total of 17 cameras for 4 separate takes over 2 days. Needless to say post production was a mish!
A preview of works from a new series I am working on. Taken with my homemade lens using old glass from my grandfathers camera. I am working toward an exhibition of these as very large prints but I will do a smaller edition of each as well. Watch this space.
To celebrate (or was it promote?) the fact that Wellington furniture company Thonet is now open on Saturday they commissioned me to shoot something “that represents designer furniture on a Saturday” … so of course we photographed one of their stunning Emeco High Polish 1006 Navy Chairs in a classic New Zealand rugby changing room.
Huge ups to Wellington’s Rongotai Collage for letting me use “the old shed” and my daughter Lauren for assisting on a cold winters night.