Have An Ogling Merry Christmas

Christmas has arrived a little early for me this year in the form of a set of three prints from Virginia Turbett of Jim backstage at a gig at – I think it’s the Odeon in Edinburgh on August 27th, 1981 – and I think it may be post gig, as he appears to be, if I have the sequence right, changing out of his collared shirt worn during the gig, back into his “Bookie’s Club 870” shirt that he was wearing pre gig (and getting his makeup done).

I have been allowed to share a pic of them with Virginia’s kind permission.

I think you guys can see why I was hankering after these three from the first time I saw them almost one year ago. I’m such an ogling pervert! Lol

Merry Christmas to me! (Better get the laminator out, or hurry up and get them framed! Protect them from water damage from the drool pools. Lol)

On a more serious note – if you love rock music memorabilia and archival black and white photography (she does colour photos too!), then Virginia has an amazing portfolio of images – not just of Simple Minds, but of loads of bands and artists shot between the late 70’s to mid 80’s. Click HERE to view her website and make enquiries on prints of interest.

New (Gold) Icon

I’ve done two previous posts I have labelled “icon”. One highlighting a piece of art I did incorporating Sir, and the other, once trying to capture this moment.

I love the way the sunlight filters through the break in the curtains and shines upon the pic. And to think I told this man he isn’t a messiah! (Sorry, Jim! I was an evil cow for saying that 😦 Love you ❤️)

Anyway…I couldn’t title the post “icon” AGAIN…hence the new title.

The first time I made an “icon” titled post, I was trying to capture the point that the sunlight through the break in the curtains reached the centre of the NME cover of Jim and lit up his face “icon style”. You can see from the previous post, I didn’t do that well. It never worked that well. But this morning, the sun was shining and I had my new phone to hand…and well…I took a few snaps and I like the contrast I caught between the first one (which failed in its objective) and the subsequent ones – playing with light levels on the phone’s camera settings. I’m sharing three of these as I like all three and couldn’t decide which one to post. (I posted one version on my FB timeline, another on the SMO visitor wall.)

I just find it a beautiful thing. Gonna have to hope I get a south-east facing bedroom in the new house to have any chance to replicate this. We’ll see…

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When One Thing Leads To Another – And What Things!

A couple of days ago, I saw an FB friend tag Brian McGee, mentioning him in a post and it suddenly had me thinking “I’ve not really seen much from Brian of late, and he friended me a while back. Has he just not been posting? Or has FB been glitching and not been showing me his updates? So I went looking at his FB profile to see.

And well, it would seem, a bit of both things happened. Brian doesn’t post TOO often, but I had also not seen any recent posts. One in particular escaped my attention from the end of September. A post Brian had been tagged in, from Jaine Henderson…with a gem of a photo within it.

Before doing this post, I had contacted Jaine to ask permission to share the photo here. It’s one thing that she put it on FB and tagged Brian (which in turn means Brian’s friends, and friends of friends can see it…it has a limited publicity), quite another thing to have it here, so I thought it best to at least try and seek permission.

I am yet to get a reply, so, with some trepidation, I will share it here in the hope it is okay, as it actually has been open to public eyes. Neither Jaine nor Brian seem to know who the photographer is…but it was obviously someone in “the gang”.

It’s just a great snapshot. Those ties!! That wallpaper! Lol. OMG – Joe looks like a BABY! Lol (And he’s older than Jim! Only by a few months.) Brian in those shades. JIM WITH A GUITAR?! WTF?! Obviously just a prop. And his shades too! Lol

I must admit when I first saw it, Brian stuck out instantly. I mean it’s on his FB timeline, but I recognised him straight off. And then over to the right side of the photo I was looking, thinking “that looks for ALL THE WORLD like Jim – but he’s got a guitar?! Surely not!”

Reading the comments revealed with certainty who was in the picture:
From left to right: Joe Donnelly, Brian McGee, Tony Donald, Jim Kerr

One question posed by someone in the comments wondered if Charlie Burchill had taken the photo. No one seemed sure. Brian thinks the photo dates from around 1976.

Let’s hope it’s okay to stay here. If not, of course I will remove at once!

UPDATE: Permission kindly granted. Thank you, Jaine 🙂

Guido Harari Photography Exhibition – Nov. 16th to 24th In Naples, Italy

Details below translated to English (I used Google Translate to do so, so the end phrase may not have been translated right). If you find yourself in Naples this week?

Click HERE to read orignial article in Italian.

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An example of Harari’s photography, used in a Simple Minds calendar for 1989/90. Jim proving it does indeed snow in Scotland by pointing it out…obviously.

At The Gallery Studio in Naples the autumn season is inaugurated with an exhibition by Harari, the photographer and music critic who portrays empathizing with the greatest musicians of the last fifty years. Will be exhibited a collection of 32 portraits, in color and in black and white, from Bob Dylan to Pino Daniele. Harari will be present on the opening night.

His career is linked to numerous record covers signed for international artists such as Kate Bush, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, BB King, Ute Lemper, Paul McCartney, Michael Nyman, Lou Reed, Simple Minds and Frank Zappa. His photographs have also been used by Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel, Pat Metheny and Santana. In Italy he collaborated above all with Claudio Baglioni, Andrea Bocelli, Angelo Branduardi, Vinicio Capossela, Paolo Conte, Pino Daniele, Fabrizio De André, Eugenio Finardi, Ligabue, Mia Martini, Gianna Nannini, PFM and Vasco Rossi. He was also one of the curators of the great multimedia exhibition on Fabrizio De André, produced by Palazzo Ducale in Genoa
Guido Harari is not only a fan of music, of rock, an attentive listener, but also one who likes to enter and “listen” to what is inside and behind and beyond the artist, what appears.

Before portraying the shapes of the face or body of an artist or other personalities of art and culture, Harari explores the rhythm, energy and harmony that those faces express fleetingly to eyes that are not attentive and in everyday life, and that only a photographic shot, the work of a professional hand and a sensitive eye, can bring to light and keep it forever. To make a portrait, in the studio, on the road, on the stage technical mastery is not enough, you need to empathize with the subject.

The passion for music led him to always be the first to a concert. And the passion is always rewarded by those who “feel” that what drives you to photograph is not the gossip, but to satisfy the person with his need to be admired in its entirety.
According to the curator of the exhibition, held last August at the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugia, entitled Wall of Sound, Marco Pierini: “Guido Harari possesses the rare talent to capture the personality of the musicians both during the performance on the stage and in the course of the sessions – this time intimate and exclusive – during which the portraits take shape. In both cases the result is an iconic image, which immediately settles in the collective imagination and loses even its own chronological connotation. It happens with the Fender Telecaster raised to the sky by Springsteen or with the contortions of Iggy Pop, as well as with the highly self-contained portrait of Philip Glass or the ironic portrait of Ennio Morricone. It becomes difficult, if you know these images, do not automatically recall them to mind every time you hear or say the name of the musicians that animate them “.

GUIDO HARARI: RITRATTI Vernissage 16 November 2018 from 19.00 to 22.00 Free admission (by Federica Cerami)

Openings:

Saturday, November 17, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm

Sunday, November 18, 10.00 am -13.00 / 17.00 -20.00

Wednesday 21 November at 17.00 -20.00

Thursday 22 November, 10.00 am-1.00 pm

Friday 23 November, 17.00 -20.00 hours

Saturday November 24th from 10.00 to 13.00 / 17.00 to 20.00

Post Tour Depression

It very much looks like Jim suffers it too.

He looks in a contemplative mood in this picture by “steinmiller_productions”. Casey has taken some wonderfully reflective photos of mood and feeling on this tour. His photos really give life to a scene and conjure up an atmosphere.

This one of Jim is stunning in its simplicity and mood. I am in love with it! I’d really love a print of it. It would look amazing on the wall of the bedroom of my new home (whenever I get it and move in!).

I really hope Casey sells prints. I really, REALLY want this!

The Boy Done Good!

The Small Steps Project showed a full list of the money raised from each pair of celebrity shoes auctioned. Jim came in 23rd place with his Prada boots. That’s not bad! Well done, Sir! Had I had the money to have placed a bid, we may have raised a little more.

I will certainly make sure that I donate to the project generously once I do have sufficient funds to do so.

Well done Small Steps Project. You guys are doing wonderful work.