When we came across this Rising Star submission from Tricia, of The Itchy Eyes, we knew that we just HAD to feature it on the blog. We know that our readers come from all walks of life. You may not be child/family photographer, and the last thing we want to do is leave a whole genre of photography out. We want to make sure to include everyone when we post inspirational sessions. If you are a music lover, and if you’ve ever been interested in entertainment photography, then you’ll definitely want to see this session. Tricia photographed an Australian band, No Anchor, and they were kind enough to share the images with us.
I’ve been taking photos longer than I can remember. Long before anything else stable in my life that’s for sure. Years spent in the darkroom under the stairs at school, watching the magic of the image appearing slowly before my eyes. Years at art college experimenting and making bad art college art. Then exhibiting for almost 15 years in hole in the walls, pop up galleries, warehouses, traditional gallery spaces, storefronts in London and loft’s in Sydney before finally finding my head in magazine editorials, family shoots, band shoots and weddings. I make books and art with my daughters and run a blog about how art is everywhere you look if you only open your eyes.
I live in Brisbane, Australia in an Art Deco house with lots of art on the walls, lots scratches on the wooden floor, constant mess, constant noise, a train running along the back fence, a mango tree with swings hanging from it, paintings on the doors, hundreds of awesome kids books, my two girls, three chickens, one ginger cat and one lovely, lovely musician husband.
About the shoot:
I’ve known two-thirds of No Anchor for many years – indeed I experienced my twenties with them, hanging out at shows, talking nonsense and taking photos of them in their many guises. They are all inspirational in their own way. Ian is a writer and scholar and has been in some of Brisbane’s most influential bands in the course of his career. Alex is an artist who works in an art book store and is a well renown woodcut artist who has taken the practice to new levels of the craft. Donnie is my new friend – he records bands around Brisbane and is responsible for the sound of some of the most new and exciting bands in Brisbane at the moment. They are an amazing band – almost to the point of being able to sidestep traditional pigeonholing and just be able to stand up as three guys making sounds – and very influential in Australia.
And they are all camera shy. Painfully so.
They have all been in the industry long enough to know that image is an important part of a band’s profile, they are music nerds enough to have studied all music and have a reference point for everything visual. I had to almost forget everything I knew in order to not inadvertently reference some obscure band from the seventies who just happened to be a three piece and stand on a bridge at dusk. They could have never done a photo shoot, they barely would have been able to form those words with their lips. I was invited to go for a walk. Here are the images.