A great deal of my career has been spent photographing musicians. I worked as a musician in my misspent youth and spent a lot of time around the music scene. When the photo bug bit it was natural that these worlds would collide. Musicians always bring an intensity to the table and it's the photographers job to try and translate that to the viewer in a two-dimensional image.
The photos shown here are from a session I did with musician Ben Parent. A multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, Ben is as at home ripping a Gibson SG to pieces in a punk band as he is channeling Bob Dylan through his old Martin and a harmonica.
The goal here was to pull together both of Ben's musical passions into one photo session. For the first part, I wanted to capture the absolute fun and abandon that you see when Ben plays with his punk band, Superbald. Basically, I wanted to make him fly.
And Ben did just that. There is no Photoshop work here. Ben is in the studio and happily jumping off of his Fender Twin Reverb attacking his Telecaster. The results are pure rock and roll.
For the second part of the session, I wanted to capture something with a dark bite and smokier feel. These images would represent Ben's Americana style of writing and performance. I directed him to do a impromptu live performance and then finished the day off with a classic single light portrait.
By understanding the complexities of my clients, I am better able to maximize the session and deliver a wide range of images suitable for a diverse audience.