Wonky Tonk self-released the latest video I shot, edited and directed with her. It was an experiment in black water and a step of her own out of a heavy darkness.
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.
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: