Two blogs in one week. Killing it!
Some quick house keeping reminders:
Kanye Lens Vs Soundwave Exhibition (books available) in Brisbane is finishing up April 30th. If you have been meaning to go, well, you should before April 30th.
Lust For Life 176 Wickham St Fortitude Valley.
I currently have a competition running to win a copy of Kanye Lens Vs Soundwave book signed by artists from SW 2013. Enter before April 30th 11.55pm. Link below. Here is a couple of pages that have been signed.
Head here to enter and click on the competitions tab. https://www.facebook.com/soundwavefestival?sk=app_187515244715204
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is currently hosting a Rolling Stones Cover exhibition. I have some images in a pre exhibition, group exhibition. On until July 7th. Kanye Lens Vs Soundwave is also available in the gift shop.
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum : 35-37 Castella St, Lilydale, Victoria
And if you are looking to pick up a copy of the book instore, here’s some retailers. Google them.
Eureka Rebellion Trading
Fist To Face
Kill The Music
And as always, it’s available online to be shipped straight to your door so you don’t have to leave the house and miss valuable Game Of Thrones couch time. www.kanyelens.com
P.S Silverstein dropped by the studio for a shoot last week. What a bunch of dreamboats
It’s been a crazy couple of months. I have so much to update on new work I’ve shot plus the madness of Soundwave Festival 2013 and of course Kanye Lens Vs Soundwave Volume 1. This post is will be all things about my book, hopefully next week I can do an update with some fresh work.
Kanye Lens Vs Soundwave book is well and truly out in the world now. The feedback has been amazing. I had copies floating around backstage at Soundwave and had so many people come up to me and congratulate me on the book which was the best feeling. You can imagine how many photos bands get thrown at them, so for artists to give me the thumbs up was rad. I even signed a book for Tom Araya from Slayer, that totally blew my mind!
Most people assumed I took book number one but as you can see, I chose differently.
Here’s a few pics of SW bands in my studio reading the book.
Bring Me The Horizon
This Is Hell
The Melbourne book launch and exhibition went down a treat. I actually only got to go on the opening night as it was smack bang in the middle of Soundwave but again I had great reports that people dug it, so thanks!
The Brisbane Book launch and exhibition is starting this Thursday 4th April and runs through the to the 30th.
Opening night is Thursday 4th 7-9 FB invite https://www.facebook.com/events/557934697570741/ If you live in the area, please come down. I would love to see you there.
Lust For Life Tattoo. Gallery. Espresso Bar
176 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
I’ve slowly started to organise putting the book into some cool stores that I like. Checkout it out at:
Eureka Rebellion Trading Company
454 Smith St Collingwood (Melbourne)
(03) 9939 8932
Basement 294 King Street, Newtown (Sydney)
(02) 9557 8771
More stores coming soon. And of course you can still order online at http://www.kanyelens.com
For those of you who haven’t had a chance to see the book yet. Here’s a video I made the shows the entire thing!
Below is a whole heap of interviews I did for the book online.
The was also some interviews run in BLUNT mag, Hysteria mag, Inpress, Drum, Drum Perth and Time Off.
When I was punishing the world about the pre orders, I made some of the below images for a bit of fun.
Thanks for reading.
It’s been a busy month which has felt like a year so far, gradually fitting all the pieces together for the arrival of Kanye Lens Vs Soundwave Volume 1. I’ve seen and cuddled the preview copy which was a surreal experience. Even though I know the physical dimensions of the book it felt so much bigger in real life. Kinda weird, but in a good way. The books are traversing the high seas as we speak and should arrive into Melbourne on the 5th February. Depending on how long it takes for them to get through customs I should be receiving the delivery between the 8 – 12th February.
If you are keen to have a look through the book before (hopefully) purchasing, the book will be at all of the Soundwave shows at the 3wise Records stand which is also next to the Maniacs stand. So in between beers and moshing, go check it out. It will be for sale but you seriously don’t want to lug that sucker around with you all day.
I’m also in the midst of organising some launch / exhibition shows where you will also be able to purchase a book. The first one confirmed is Melbourne. Details are below. Opening night is February 20th 6-9pm at Thousand Pound Bend, (love that place!) Stayed tuned to your social networks for some other cool things happening at the Melbourne exhibition during the Sidewaves Mania week. Happy Hour and giveaways anybody?
It will also be available in some ultra cool independent music and book stores but I haven’t got that far yet.
But you know by far the easiest way to secure yourself a copy of the numbered and signed edition (limited to 2000 only) is www.kanyelens.com. You will get it delivered and it will get you amped for Soundwave 2013 (it’s not like you need any help there though)
Checkout some more pages from the book, pictures of the book and the Melbourne Exhibition details below.
So here it is. This is what has been consuming my every waking hour, day and night for the past 6 months. Its so much more work putting something like this together than I ever imagined. Dealing with so many different people, artists, management, record labels, designers, printers, manufacturers, web designers and cardboard box manufacturers even!
So here comes the part where I need your support. I was thinking of doing a crowd funding campaign to help me raise the money for the print bill but then I thought, I would put what money that I do have, where my mouth is. So instead of asking for your money and giving you things, I’ve just got a bunch of pre order packages available which is essentially the same thing as some crowd funding campaigns. I thought the more I put on the line, the harder I will work to ensure this is successful. Hint hint www.kanyelens.com
If you are reading this, you are already familiar with my work so there’s no need to do the hard sell on you. The book is a hard cover edition with debossing on the text, 450 pages and over 600 image, printed in China. I’ve also got some personal comments and quotes on some of the images from the artist and Soundwave family which I’m wrapped about. There are also some different packages. The basic book is $79.95. For an extra Tenner you get a Kanye Lens badge and a lanyard/holographic laminate bookmark, made by cubepasses in the US. The third package includes a selected A4 print. Only 25 of each package for each band will be available. John Feldmann from Goldfinger even signed his prints. The bands with prints available are Bad Religion, Bring Me The Horizon, Amity Affliction, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Bronx, The Offspring, Underoath, Lamb Of God and Goldfinger.
All pre orders purchased before 20th January will have an A6 thankyou postcard plus any of the additional pre order items (badge, laminate, lanyard or print) shipped straight away. So if you are planning on gifting the book (what a great christmas gift) then you will have some items and the card to give them whilst they wait for the book to ship in February.
See some pages below. Buy a copy for your Nanna. www.kanyelens.com
It’s been a crazy year so far and it doesn’t look like letting up anytime soon. I thought I had better distract myself from what I should be doing and get another blog update out before it’s December. Some new work and a couple of old images I found whilst trawling through archives.
If haven’t already, you can connect with me on facebook www.facebook.com/theartofcapture You can buy a stylish t-shirt from here www.kanyelens.com and you can see my folio here www.theartofcapture.com
Be on the lookout for new work from Birds Of Tokyo, Shihad, British India, TZU, The Janoskians, Strange Talk, Parkway Drive and The Amity Affliction.
Just because it’s on the internet, doesn’t mean it’s free.
I like business. Though I’m not the best at it, it’s always at the back of my mind with everything I do. One of the earliest things I learnt was to surround yourself with great people. You just can’t do it all. Handing things over to someone who can ease your workload or do it better than you, isn’t always the easiest thing. So when you find these people, you have to keep them close. These are the relationships that businesses are built and thrive on. So where am I going with this? A couple of shout outs!
Kayell. Kayell is a professional photography retail store that have helped me out in so many different ways since I started shooting. I walked in there one day, hired some gear, got great service and bad jokes. I buy 95% of my photographic gear from them. I know I can get it cheaper online but the little bit extra I pay for things, gets paid back in ways that you just can’t put money on. They have helped me grow my business, given me advice (advice tailored for me, not a blog post), loaned me gear when I was in a bind, sponsored my exhibitions and generally always go the extra mile to make sure I have what I need, when I need it. They’ve couriered things out to me on a job when things have broken, kept the store open late because I needed to pick something up and even personally delivered out of hours.
This is one relationship I couldn’t live without. It wasn’t always this way but as I said the more my business grew, the more they were there to help. I know money is always tight but sometimes penny pinching in certain area’s just isn’t worth it. Go in and see them.
Tim Ainsworth. I met Tim recently on a recommendation from Kayell. He’s a fine art printer. I see the term ‘Fine Art Printing’ thrown around on internet with reckless abandonment. If your printing choices are based on choosing a lustre or gloss finish and your image is not prepared for a certain paper then the term fine art print is probably not appropriate. I enjoy printing. I know what papers I like to print on and how to get the best print from a file, but holy shit, Tim takes it to the next level. I thought I could get good prints but Tim makes me look a photo kiosk. (Where I used to get all my photos printed before I had any idea about printing).
Tim really knows his papers, he understand how an image will print and can tell you what paper would be best for the tones and asethetic of your image. He will work your final image to setup it up so that it will print like a demon. Seriously he is really good at what he does. If you know the name Les Walkling, then you can understand the level his mind works at. I have a real hard time outsourcing creative elements of my work, but I have absolutely no problems in letting Tim do his thing to my work.
So if you need a print done, whether it’s an A2 image or 44 inch print, he’s your man. It’s not as expensive as you thing and if you are going to all the trouble of creating a print, don’t get it printed on some shitty paper in an automated lab somewhere. Get in touch with Tim.
I just remembered, I went to the Melbourne Show last year and checked out the photographic exhibit. One thing I really noticed was, whilst there was some great work, in nearly all of them, what let the work down was the printing. They were either printed on shitty glossy paper when a rag paper would have suited the image better or over sharpened and too saturated. There is so much more to printing than most people realize.