Posted: Feb 16, 2007 10:23 pm
hanging himself with a mic cord
i got so many of those that i'm bored of them
thanks for everyone's input.... i am going to actually write a few of you offline..
i have NO CRITICAL DISTANCE about my own work....and also, i just don't like live action rock shots....
there are three things i'm trying to balance --
1) "unguarded moments" and "never before seen" images of the famous/infamous/cult figures, etc
2) all the things people expect
3) good pictures, regardless of the subject and by good pictures, i mean technically good (composition, exposure, etc)
i want to use either something totally rare/obscure of a known person (ie: darby) OR something really well-known and associated w/ me --- like any number of Stiv pix (and those i have to divvy up between my book and another book by someone else where he is a major player).
on the other hand.... there's this thing about celebrating what LA brought to punk rock and the germs figure in there... because i'm from LA and we take a lot of crap from people who write about punk, giving us short shrift behind NYC and London
i am burned out on that debbie harry on her knees pic because i've used it as a promo image for a couple years - and most people seem to be attracted to one i don't think is a big deal, where's she's crossing her arms in an X over her chest. then you have people like bradx whose opinion probably represents way more people than i give him credit for, who reliably pipes up and says BLONDIE SUCKS... even though millions of people bought their records.
i don't know.... i consider all these things
i love that darby one because he is completely incidental in the tableau... and the whole thing is just a tableau. and then you look again and see different things. and it kind of sums up how i feel about being in the middle of the whole punk rock thing. looking back on it, one can see it was an important epochal moment, but IN IT ? we were a bunch of kids figuring out who we were, what life was and where our next $5 for a gig or tank of gas was coming from. punk rock - that's what we did, involuntarily.... like breathing... completely incidental to the tableau that was life in the 70s. that some of these people are known beyond their circle of friends (ie: darby, as pictured) is just..... "wow. who knew?"
that's why i have to ask opinionated people. because there are as many opinions as there are customers.... and i want to give people a reason to open the book and look inside.
here's a really small image of a postcard that i frequently use....
believe it or not.... i've become really bored of these images. but there's your icons...