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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Toronto Photoset By Angel Marchini

I was hoping to highlight a different photo in the set – a beautiful one of Jim – and had contacted Angel for permission to use the photo to link to the set. He had granted permission for use but wanted to watermark the image in question first and asked me to send on a link to which photo I wanted to highlight.

From there I had no response. I’ve waited a few days, and was reluctant to badger the man, so will highlight his wonderful images via this route instead. And you’ll see the pic of Jim I was hoping to highlight in amongst the set anyway. You can view the full set by CLICKING HERE

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Jim Kerr & Charlie Burchill of Simpleminds performing at the Sony Center. ===================================== Photograph Information: ▪️Camera: @nikoncanada D750 ▪️Lens: NIKKOR 200-500mm ▪️Focal Lengh: 360mm ▪️Aperture: f5.6 ▪️Shutter Speed: 1/640 ▪️ISO: 6400 ▪️Memory: @lexarmemory Professional 2000x 64GB SDXC UHS-II/U3 ▪️Edit: @adobe Lightroom ===================================== Check out more photos or buy prints at www.back2basicsphotography.com DM or email me for business enquiries or questions about my work. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission. Please tag all reshares with @angel.marchini ===================================== . . . . . #concertphotography #musicphotographer #nikon #bestmusicshots #concertphotographer #shotaward #thecreatorclass #justgoshoot #toronto #audioloveofficial #htbarp #igw_rock #uncalculated #pocket_family_member #ig_masterpiece #angelmarchini #nikon_canada #artofvisuals #visualambassadors #ig_captures #ig_portrait #visualauthority #mastersofvisuals #simpleminds

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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

Portrait Of Jim – Scottish National Portrait Gallery

I am KICKING myself that I forgot to go and have a look at this when I was in Edinburgh on Thursday! I had read about it a couple of weeks back, and then the thing just slipped my mind :-(((

Well, I DEFINITELY have to go back to Edinburgh now…

Priceless Prints

I am slowly building up a collection of Virginia Turbett prints, in varying ways, either via buying prints directly from Virginia herself, or by investing in a copy of a Hanging Around photo book featuring her work.

Below are the latest editions…

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Vintage hand print of Jim Kerr backstage at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh 27/8/1981

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Scanned print of Bruce Findlay at after show party post gig at Tiffany’s, Glasgow 19/11/1982

The print of Bruce will be a wondefully prized possession now the man himself has signed it.

And I only have about…ooh, maybe another 100 or so photos of Jim that I want to get. Lol. I have said to Virginia several times, and I am not lying when I say it…if I had the funds, I would buy every single photo of Simple Minds she’s ever taken.

I first saw this print of Jim when I visited Virginia in January. I just knew then that it HAD to be the next one I got. It’s taken a while…but at last! 🙂

*gushing lovesick fangirl moment approaching…look away now* He is beautiful!

If you are interested in buying prints from Virginia (seriously cannot recommend this lady’s work enough!) then visit: virginiaturbett.con

The final part of the set is the new Hanging Around photo book about to be released in the next couple of days of XTC on tour in New York City in 1980. Click on the image of the photo book to be taken to the Hanging Around site for purchasing details. Really looking forward to perusing the book.

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The Virginia Turbett Simple Minds Photo Archive – Prints Available!

On Saturday I had the absolute privilege to view the entire photographic archive of Virginia Turbett’s work with Simple Minds. It really was wonderful. I spent approximately three hours, on and off, perusing endless contact sheets of wonderful images of the band, and individual members. Many photos of Jim Kerr. A whole sheet of images of Mick MacNeil. And some fabulous pictures of Charlie Burchill playing the saxophone. These were just the tip of the iceberg.

Some of Virginia’s photos you would have seen. Many have been used in official releases. They appear in the New Gold Dream box set (released back in 2016), just as one example, as well as books…they can be viewed on Getty Images, etc. But…Virginia is NOT ALWAYS given credit for her work, and certainly not always paid.

Many of her images you will NOT have seen.

I would love to have my own personal archive of Virginia’s work. There are so many wonderful photos she has taken of Simple Minds. Iconic photos! And so, over the next, maybe….year to 18 months, I would like to build up my own collection of her wonderful body of work.

Virginia’s main body of work capturing Simple Minds took place between 1980 to 1984. A mixture of promotional photoshoots, pictorial documentation of record deals, sound checks, gigs. So many wonderful things to see.

And if you are anywhere near as big a fan as I am of SM *and* Virginia, you will definitely want to own some of her wonderful images yourself.

With Virginia’s kind permission, here are just three examples of prints available to buy. The first is a new favourite. I always assumed the guys did their own makeup…but as we can see by the image, Jim has been “worked on” by an actual makeup artist. That was one revelation for me on Saturday!

The second print was also a revelation insomuch as I never knew the person next to Jim is Ronnie Gurr!

The third is another photo in the set (the day Simple Minds sign to Virgin Records) that I really love that I had never seen before, of Jim and Ronnie again. It’s absolute horseplay…and will also be one of the next prints I get.

If you are interested in enquiring about purchasing prints from Virginia, please click on the image of Jim to be taken to her website (viewable at: virginiaturbett.com). You really will NOT be disappointed!