Meet Tony and Penni, aka, Folkapotamus.
These two have a special place in my heart because they are, so far, the last musicians to contact me because of seeing my work hanging at the old Studio 99. They, in a way, signaled the end of an era in regards to me working with musicians who performed at Studio 99. I can't not associate the two. They came to me looking for images that they can use on their forthcoming cd. I wanted to do some studio shots for them that they could use for album artwork and various gig flyers and posters as well as social media stuff. I did these a lot, and I think they were just as happy with the images.
I like giving artists mock-ups of what their images look like if used for album cover purposes. The above image is one idea I was playing with.
I wanted to shoot just their instruments by themselves, so that it could be used as, say, the back of a cd cover. The white space could be moved around and they could add song titles and whatnot to the image.
I've been obsessed with backlighting the last few years. Some people feel I overuse it, but I love the look; light just blasting out everywhere and giving a real "stage" feel to the images, like they were getting ready to performing. IN this particular image I was also shooting through a prism so that I was getting some crazy light refractions. You can see it in the bottom right of the image. I love prisms. I love creating a front "layer" in front of the subjects. As I shoot more and more I'm getting comfortable with allowing random happenstance into my images - like the way light refracts through a prism. You can't control what the results will come out as, and have to be okay with letting it do it's own thing in the image.
I love the starbursts that the lights are creating. Good stuff. I love how the shadows in front of the guitars look like giant guitar picks. Nice!
Make sure you visit Folkapotamus at their website and Facebook page. Catch them at a live show. Feel the power of the Folkapotamus.