I hear far too many people say that only old people listen to rock music. For one, straight away, fuck off! I’m only 19 for god sake! I have many years ahead of me yet youth! But what depresses me more is the fact that there are kids actually bullied for listening to Elvis, Chuck Berry and the likes of ELO, Def Leopard and Kiss! I just don’t understand how you can hate a person who wants to be like Gene Simmons! A man renowned for shagging half the female population! How is that a bad thing?
Then I see youtube videos of AC/DC, Guns’n’Roses and Black Sabbath…Bands from the 70’s and 80’s (Old man music apparently) and there are always comment after comment by little kids and teenagers of both genders from all sides of the world stating how proud they are to be rock fans. Reading that kinda thing just makes me sleep better at night.
The idea to photograph the bank manager has been abandoned as we have been advised to stay away from bank representatives. They prove to be difficult to get a hold of and security risks cause endless problems in shooting schedules. Therefore I decided to switch my gaze to the north.
The easiest subjects for me to photograph in terms of winning an audience with them are mostly based in my home city of Stoke-On-Trent. I know many people who own/run businesses or are high standing representatives of companies/institutions such as the headmaster of my old high school.
The following is a list of some possible people/businesses to photograph for the ‘Boss’ project:
.Spyder Bats- The founder, AKA ‘Spyder’, is a close friend to my family
.ICT Networks- The founder and a number of his employees are also friends to the family.
.Bagnall C.C- The captain and head of the club is a friend of the family, has hired me for multiple jobs in the past and is also the founder of his own building company.
.The Plough- The owners of the pub are personal friends of mine who hired me to perform in their pub many times. The awkward fact about this pub is that it’s positioned right next door to our police station…easy drinking lads.
.The Canal Tavern- Also owned by friends of myself and my family.
.Maryhill High School- The headmaster is a supporter of all her students both at the school and at university/college.
.Kidsgrove tattoo parlour- The owner of the parlour is the second half of a personal friend of mine who wants photographs taken of herself and her partner.
.Theatrical producer/director- My brother is a professional actor currently working with multiple producers and directors around London and Newcastle such as Sam West.
I should contact a few of these as soon as I can to arrange a shooting date but will also have to ensure they are free over a weekend considering that this will be the only time I can travel back to Stoke.
If there’s one thing this project has taught me so far…it’s to make many friends.
For this commission style project, we are to take two editorial portraits to be published in a magazine using mixed lighting techniques.
The subject must be represented as a ‘business executive’ personality.
The model does not entirely need to be wearing a suit and clearly represent a high end business/law firm. We have been advised to study shots from magazines such as ‘Top Gear’ where personalities of the project’s standard can be seen in more casual conditions.
I do know several people back in Stoke-On-Trent that would more than fit the brief from both a traditional and casual style. However, travelling all the way to Stoke may prove to be more of an arse ache than is necessary. Instead I did some asking around and found out that the step brother of my flat-mate happens to be a bank manager in London. It may be difficult to find a gap in his diary but if I can get him to agree to a shoot then this project will be to a start.