My next big project is Charlottesville Music: Reflections & Retrospections and it is going to be a gallery exhibit and book featuring over 100 local musician portraits all shot between August 2017 and June 2018.
Reflections & Retrospections is a photography project of the present rooted in the past documenting five decades of Charlottesville musicians in their creative spaces. The portraits were created to offer a behind the curtains look at the musicians in their own comfortable confines and collected to celebrate them and the Charlottesville music scene they nurtured. To supplement the photographs I decided to compile a oral history based on interviews with some of the musicians as well as non-musicians with intimate knowledge of local music and its impact on the Charlottesville community. This oral history makes no claims to being comprehensive, definitive or chronologically accurate.
The gallery exhibit will be First Fridays, July 6, 2018 at Studio IX. The book release is TBA but no later than Thanksgiving weekend 2018.
The folks at PopMatters debuted the Chamomile & Whiskey video I shot with the band one evening in September. Simple concept, simple execution. One camera, one truck, a few dogs and a bunch of friends doing what they typically do most any given Saturday evening in Nelson County.
I caught up with J Roddy Walston and the Business last weekend in Minneapolis and captured their set at the legendary First Avenue. Check out the full set of photographs in a Flickr album.
Noisey debuted the new Tim Barry video I directed. Tim has done a lot of videos over his career so we tried to come up with a fresh idea for him. I suggested having his 4 1/2 year old daughter do the shooting with an old VHS camera I had. Check the article in Noisey and the video linked below.
UPROXX debuted the video I shot for Gold Connections. Shot around Charlottesville VA with Ellie Muraca and Shawna Ze in front of the cameras and Wonky Tonk and Allison Schiller behind the cameras with editing assistance. Audio track produced and mixed by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest.
I shot this in Staunton VA with Wonky Tonk from Covington KY. Using some friends (Pablo from Shagwüf, Reverend Bill from The Judy Chops, Rob McAllister from Dead Man String Band with Anna Child as “ring girl”) this was shot with Brian Wimer in a church converted to boxing gym. Wonky Tonk decided to self-release it rather than using a media outlet and it took off on its own with over 1,000 views in just 6 hours. Check it out:
Kool Booth was featured on the CBS19 Newsplex TV news coverage on March 5th. Check out the piece by clicking here.