- Guaranteed for 2 full months
- Pay by PayPal or Credit Card
- Instant Digital Download
*you may find a couple of words you don’t like, but we like to keep it as real as possible for you, sorry*
As a music photographer, I’m inspired by various photographs and I’m amazed by some of the associated stories that go along with these images. I had just been asked to shoot a solo artist for his cover and I started thinking about how an image was created for an album cover. What was the relation between the music the musicians and the photograph on the front cover… The image the dropped into my head was that shot of Spencer Elden taken by Kirk Weddle, the front cover of the 1991 album Nevermind by Nirvana.
…If you read all of the various reports about why they chose the cover they did, the one I like the most is that Kurt and Dave had been watching a video on water births – as simple as that. Reading more about the image, I found myself inspired to get in touch with the guy that shot it and ask a few question… The following is what Kirk had to say in relation to photography, record labels, whiskey and iPhone apps! –Sime
S**t.. I just kinda fell into photography, I was in my late teens when I was in the military and got hurt. The government paid for my schooling. I thought photography
had to be an easy way to make a buck, there was ample opportunity to meet pretty women, what could be better. I’ve done all types of photography, Cars, Products , Catalog, Underwater, mostly now I do Environment Portraits.
I switched about 10 years ago. I didn’t want to, I had to. It was a drag. I used to be able to pick up any camera and shoot an Image, any kind of camera from 35mm to an 8X10. Now there is a learning curve with all digital cameras, and the software is constantly updating. I shoot Canon, and Nikon for 35mm, and when there is a budget PhaseOne with Hassy. I specifically got into photography so I wouldn’t have to deal with computer, now I spend all my time staring at a monitor.
There have been few, mostly I enjoy the crew and the location, it’s all about the people you work with. I suppose it’s nice to have a good budget and great concept.
I’m proud of that image, but I’ve moved past it. I’m more interested in tomorrows shoot.
The label didn’t f**k me, they couldn’t get the rights to the stock image and I don’t think they would have paid anybody $7500. I got a grand for the shoot and had good ride. The labels always make the money, photographers don’t get royalties. The band hadn’t exploded yet, they were below my radar when I did the shoot.
Yep, there is no middle ground now, it’s top tier and bottom of the barrel, we are probably a dying breed.
Well I developed a nice iphone travel app. It’s called Austin Like a Local. If I completely walked away from shooting, think I might make whiskey!
I admire the guys that are cool under pressure. The shooters that live a full life. F**k the bean counters! it’s all about the picture. I never admired the big shooter that treated to crew like s**t.
Keep your over-head low, share a studio, you can learn a lot thru collaboration, Photography is a tough way to make a buck, ya gotta really want it.
I think the best thing an up and comer could do, would be to specialize. Target one area and go after it. Shoot something that you love. Don’t struggle
away shooting things that you think you ought to shoot. Shoot what’s important to you.