Portrait

Giant Party

Last night was incredible, I heard of Giant Party while listening the radio on BBC 6Music and that was that, they were playing in Birmingham that very same Thursday and I read or heard somewhere they were like LCD SoundSystem, I have never been a fan of them but my other half adored them. So I thought I will treat him (because our musical taste is so different), I was the one that ended up dancing and screaming like a lunatic but my surprise was when I saw him going just as wild, my guess is that Giant Party must be doing something right to appeal to opposite fans of Rock and Roll fans, init….

Personaly I loved going to a gig I had no idea what or who were playing, and the surprise I had was unbelievable, it was a blast, a riot of energy and supreme style, I love bands wearing suits and to look smart, they have all that and have personality, their music style I can’t say, sometimes the base had the profound sound of The Cure (my other half disagreed of course…) some guitars were as pristine and clear like Tom Verlaine in Television, other times they had the depth of The National and the charisma of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds as a band, they were like they have been doing this forever and yet In a way this gig felt like the first time I saw Birthday Party (Nick Cave second band) in Barcelona where the audience was maybe 20 people in the industrial part of Barcelona Poblenou. I wish back then I had camera to record that gig but at the time I didn’t even have the cash to get a ticket cos the bus ride cost that so I had to find my way in and walk back home for miles, oh well…

The Sunflower Lounge. Birmingham 25th October 2018

I have a little thing to say about the band now I have heard their tunes on line, personally I think they are overly produced and I wish that if they make a record its produced more according to what they sound in real life because IMHO that’s what's makes this band so special. The tunes overly produce don’t do justice to the band, but hey I am no one to give lessons to anyone it’s just that the magic gets lost in between so much!

If they play near you though, do go and see them, you'll dance and you'll have an incredible experience of a band who gives their ALL.

Rock On!

PS: Apologies for both videos to be so short, it was the first time I tried to film with my camera and I had no clue when was recording or not, I was lucky in a way to manage to film even a little TBH. Next time I will do better :)

Less Noir

I can’t remember last time I had so much fun during a photo shot session. Sometimes I get overwhelmed as things seem to develop at a very fast pace and I don’t want to miss a thing. There is the product, the person, the environment, the feeling etc etc…

This time however the pictures came by themselves, sometimes the clothes wear the person and the person personality disappears, it is good if this is the intention, however I believe that it’s always better to try to make the person shine, with Ana this was easy, so easy, no matter what we threw at her, she just laughed and laughed and enjoyed the session so much, her energy was overwhelming and I do hope this came through my lens ok.

I am not a fan of super sharp images where a model looks perfect and pristine, here there is a Noir feel, movement and action, fun and everything it should be imperfect, human and because of it creative and fun.

I hope you enjoy them and makes you fell part of the Making Of… so much so I left the final images for the Client and kept for me The Making of ;)

Starcrawler


Never heard of Starcrawler, I had no idea what kind of music they play, all I saw was a brief clip with a mad singer in a straight jacket looking mad and my other half bought us a coupla tickets, I totally forgot but the day came and a tiny venue just held the biggest gig I have ever been to in ages. I mean they blew my mind, my senses, my brains, my inspiration, it was WILD.. 

 Arrow de Wilde

Arrow de Wilde

Tight set, compact powerful music,the 70's Iggy Pop distilled with every cliche I grew up to love just there right there, front row. I never write in my blog, you see I am not good with words, I don't know how to make sense of a feeling hence I paint or take pictures. And I guess this is how Arrow the main singer I have come to learn was shy.... well.... What a performance that was. INCREDIBLE.

I was thinking how can I make justice to such performance... It's impossible. Then I came to think Iggy Pop, Man Ray and went for the Solarise effect or Breton effect like Man Ray was famous for

Just go and see them! Get their record and love and adore every single tune... at full blast and feel alive right there and then!...

 The Eyes

The Eyes

 TV Eye

TV Eye

Light

Heatwave


'If I draw five for the day
Then we ain't got to worry, we're nice for the day
Inspired by the sun, take flight for the day
Sippin' a cold beer, sunshine in your face'

Wiley

Catfish And The Bottlemen


I wanted everything at once
Until you blew me out of my mind
Now I don’t need nothing
— 'Soundcheck' Catfish And The Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen is a band from Llandudno, North Wales, consisting of vocalist Ryan “Van” McCann, guitarist Johnny “Bondy” Bond, bassist Benjamin “Benji” Blakeway, and drummer Robert “Bob” Hall.

 They took the house down in a gig in Northampton Royal & Dernagate 21 May 2016


Claire & Jon

End Of Summer

This is a little entry a homage to my beautiful daughter, pictures taken the lasts days of Summer, after she found out her exam results. Sometimes we fight, we argue a lot but there are a few precious times when we connect so deeply... The More she grows the more I treasure her personality too.

I can't write very well hence probably why I take picures, i found a way to share and express emotions I can't with words, as cheap or pretentious as it might be to quote Shakespeare night is catching up on me and I can't find right now or think of a better poem for her or to cuddle this pictures of her.

I hope you like them.I have tried to give them a continuty through colour, a way to express the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn. 

Thank you for visiting I hope you enjoy my work.

 

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? 
Thou art more lovely and more temperate: 
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, 
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: 
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, 
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; 
And every fair from fair sometime declines, 
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d; 
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; 
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade, 
When in eternal lines to time thou growest: 
   So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, 
   So long lives this, and this gives life to thee
.

William Shakespeare