I’ve lots of projects on the go at the moment and they are currently very time consuming.
The Punk / Oi! singers project is coming to a close and I only have one more autograph to get in the book before one of these limited edition prints will go on raffle for a charity.
As someone without record label or magazine links it has been a long process and I only managed to get ten of the twenty portraits that I wanted.
That said, I didn’t cast my net too wide and only approached those that matter to me. Most of the vocalists that I didn’t’catch up with was purely and simply down to our diaries not matching up and most have agreed to be photographed in the future.
I enjoyed the project a huge amount. Its great to shoot something you have a deep care for. Its probably a bit naff sounding but I’m glad my accidental falling into the genre of portraiture has given me the opportunity to photograph those that have had some influence on more than just my musical taste.
Its good to be busy and its good to be in a position to turn some stuff down but its also bloody frustrating when turning down shoots you really want to do.
The people I shot for this particular project have all worked with photographers through their careers and I wonder what their views are of those photographers. Who are the plonkers, the nice guys, the impatient, the slow, the fussy, the quick, the no mess……
Somewhere in the archives of this blog you will find one, two or more references to Nick Knight. I’ve never met him, I’m not convinced we would see eye to eye on world matters and politics but I do like his work and he does seem to have a way of getting the best from his subject matter.
I was given a link that I’m more than happy to share. Its Nick Knight interviewing models to get an idea of their perspective of shoots. Just click here to be taken to the its nice that link & Interviews.
Getting feedback from people you work with is a great way of learning what works and those things you might want to change. I’d be intrigued to know what people think of myself and where I fit on that ‘plonker – nice guy scale’ or ‘unprofessional – professional scale’ but I’m not entirely sure I’d want to hear it….. tough one… Interesting!
Until next time.
Jim Jimmy James
Oi! singers. Now that’s a niche genre, Jimmy!
Sounds as if you have had some interesting stuff going on indeed.
I have never done a ‘shoot’, and never had to turn one down. So that in itself must be all part of the experience. I am not a great fan of the ‘personality cult’ surrounding some photographers, especially the least likable people. David Bailey, for instance.
I checked out the link, and will watch more videos later.
Cheers mate, Pete.
We’ve discussed DB in the past. I do think some photographers get something extra out of people. Anyone can snap away but there is more to it (as you know). I might post some of my rejected images from the book. As for the Oi! scene… All I can say is it gets a very negative press and often unwarranted.