One from my archive a few years ago for Bacardi Breezer using Religion Clothing.
All taken on film, au natural 🙂
And here is Ruari.
One from my archive a few years ago for Bacardi Breezer using Religion Clothing.
All taken on film, au natural 🙂
And here is Ruari.
The shot on top was taken at Almelo station early in the morning at the very end of the platform there is an old fashioned waiting room, where somebody had the idea to decorate it minty green.
Makes an interesting shot.
And below that moment when you get from a fully overcast weather environment to a sunny one, ah yes…….
Anna Thornqvist wearing Blumarine shot in 1992 at Lake Como, talk about blast from the past.
Taken near a very nice villa at Lake Como, and that’s Villa D’Este in the background. I have more shots of this shoot which I need to dig out, once I do shall I add them to this post.
Just happen to read an interview about Terry O’Neill on the Treats Magazine website (I go there for the interviews honestly……)
I like Terry’s work, some fab images he has made that have stood the test of time, may he sell loads of prints!
One part of the interview stood out, after which I could only exclaim ”EXACTLY”
Here’s a copy and paste of that part from Harvey Kubernik’s interview with Terry O’Neill:
Access to celebrities today isn’t what it used to be. How has this affected your work?
Yes. You can’t spend time around them when they’re working, which is the most interesting pictures of all. You can’t take off-beat shots of today’s celebrities because of the PRs. The publicists destroyed the type of photography that I do. They forced every star into not letting photographers into their lives, or give them any time. They don’t strike up working relationships with them. It’s awful, really. It’s gonna cause a huge rift in the photographic history of Hollywood for a start. I mean, it’s just gone now. The publicists want approval of everything. The words, the pictures…it’s a joke. If you want to photograph anyone today who is famous you have to do it in a studio or in a hotel room, and the PR stipulates which shots you can release. It has impacted my journey. Absolutely.
That’s precisely the reason I don’t do celebs (personally I don’t care much for the culture around it) and some of the people that hang around them (and that’s what they do hang around…) aren’t very nice people at all and could ruin the making of a great image completely.
The best PRs? Simple. The ones that say you got 20/30 minutes don’t walk off to far and be back in time. Great way to get the job done and everyone goes home happy and the results will be way better.
Here is a shot of Chrissy from Nevs models, from way way back, 2006 if I am not mistaken, at The Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea.
A rather petite hotel where it was not very easy to do a shoot in. This was for a magazine in the Middle-East, the name escaped me.
Styling by Rebekah Roy.
Today I happen to receive the 31st AOP Photography Awards 2014 book, each year all members are invited to submit their best work for it to be considered and get honoured for what they have done. Back in the day there were Gold/Silver/Bronze Awards, now you get Best In Category as an accolade.
In the ten years or so that I have been a member of the Association Of Photographers I submitted my work 3x, and it did not go much further than their bin, I just don’t fit in or my work is just shit, I think it is both, end of that debate. So spare yourself the thoughts that I think I am sooooo fucking great…..
The book this time, is not a hard cover but more a magazine style of work with a sleeve jacket, the paper inside is fab, I have to say it makes the pix look great, but that is hardly a plus compared to a hard cover book. The AOP has been plagued a few years back with mismanagement and loss of a lot of money which forced them to sell up their base in Drummond St. and now reside inside Holborn Studios. which in the end is not a bad thing, I am glad they got themselves sorted.
What I totally hate about the book is the fact that certain photographers have submitted 4 images and someone took the decision to only post 3 images of it, why?
I also find the Photoshop overkill on some of the images quite off putting as well, there ought to be a non-photoshop category, and why not a film (that’s photographic emulsion) category as well.
A lot of the work is so similar that I wonder where the distinction of that particular photograph lies, not as terrible as the usual Fashion Porn (no artistic merit, white backdrop, flat lighting, as much detail as possible, not that any brain cares to spend time to process all that data, anyone actually gave that a thought or two? ) but a very good second, and get the same feel every Awards year: ‘Could have been done by anyone…..springs to mind’
My fave pix:
Gary Salter in Non-Commissioned Life Single
Carol Sharp in Non-Commissioned Objects Single
Noel McLaughlin in Project
Adam Hinton in Project
Emma Townsend in Assistant Award Series
Also the missus and I went to Somerset House again, the Guy Bourdin exhibit took so much time that I could not view the Chris Stein exhibit of Blondie pictures, the majority from the 70’s. It was held in the same rooms as the Erwin Blumenfeld show earlier last year (which was fab btw). As a body of work I really liked it, sure it’s an advantage to be in the band and your missus happens to be the lead singer, still it takes a long time, and loads of perseverance to maintain it. Glad I saw it.
And while I was there I slipped into the Bryan Adams exhibit as well, Wounded The Legacy Of War.
Now I have a massive grudge against people that start a photography career after they have become famous for something else. If they were actually great then that would be fine by me, but in 99% that seems to be not the case and use the previous career as a stepping stone to get to a level some of us ‘real’ photographers could only dream off! It’s not cheating as a major US fashion photographer did over 20 years ago, but it’s a great second. Johnny Depp seems to think along that way as well.
This exhibit could have been so much better than just being set in a Fashion Porn environment, why not make it look that war is horrible and slap the viewer in the face with that awful reality than rather in that Ebay advert setting.
I am not only shit, but fucking jealous too………
Finally, let me try and end this rant on a positive note, the nominations for the Zilveren Camera have been selected, and the material is very impressive, there are some fantastic images to be looked at.
Glad I got all this off my chest, I feel so much better now.
Shot near Morden.
Published for Archant Magazines a few years back, got the cover too. Also added some outtakes.
I remember we had to hide under the trees as we got caught out by a heavy shower.
Styling: Jackie Beeke.
Hair and make-up: Charlotte Fisher.
Model: Kate Alexis.
This week I went to the Guy Bourdin exhibition at Somerset House, it started on Nov 25th and runs for a few months.
It was held in a section at Somerset House I had not seen an exhibition before, not that I am a frequent visitor, I average 2 a year.
I am a big admirer of Guy Bourdin’s work, not just because of the angles and compositions he used, but even more for his uncompromising attitude towards his crew and clients regarding his overall delivery of the final image(s). In short his will was King and not many people managed to have him change his mind regarding the final image.
The work he did for Charles Jourdan was displayed in a long corridor, and tastefully lit. Moving images were shown in three sections with projection, and then there was his own art work (drawings and paintings)where it shows that he planned his images carefully. His b&w work was strong in contrast, which would be way too much for the current fashion mags stable, yet two spreads from the mid 70’s for French and British Vogue stood the test of time, due to its cinematic and above all timeless influence, classic shots indeed.
What I did miss was his work for French Harpers Bazaar and The Best magazine which concluded his career, certainly not his most ground breaking work, but I see no reason why it was not shown.
There was talk that his material was collected in 30 odd garbage bags and meant to be destroyed after his death, whether this is true or not who knows, assuming that it is one could only wonder what he might have thought of this retrospective at Somerset House. I recommend everyone who is into great fashion photography to splash out £9.00 and see it and marvel at the fantastic work Guy Bourdin produced.
The world definitely got more boring after he left this planet.
I attach a few pix I shot with my iPhone, but also an article I managed to dig up from American Photographer (later re-branded as American Photo) from 1989 with a fantastic portrait by Chip Simons.
The band is back in the EU and since I missed out on their massive Summer tour I wanted to hang out for a week and shoot some.
They arrive late on a Sunday and therefore are forced to cancel their show in Manchester so their first show is at The Shacklewell Arms in London, a good show and former bassist Lachlan Anderson is in the crowd, too bad there was no little jolly up. One more note for the owners at The Shacklewell Arms: please get rid of that stupid arch on the stage!
Die! Die! Die! play well, especially the songs from SWIM sound great, but I miss a certain oompf and wonder whether Lord Wilson has lost his edge.
This is being thoroughly discussed the next day in the van on our way to Tilburg in the Netherlands. During our journey we are stuck in Belgian traffic for 6 hours (averaging 10 mph). Lord Wilson gets the hint and goes for it and so do Mikey Prain and Michael Logie, a very good show. The next day in Lille it gets even better, where the crowd is mad for it in a sweaty basement club called El Diablo, wicked show. My fave.
We head up to the north of The Netherlands to Groningen where they play another good show, slight changes are made to the set, shifting songs, all for the better. In Leuven (a very pretty city to the East of Brussels) they introduce ‘We Built Our Own Oppressors’ which goes down extremely well and gives Lord Wilson another ‘excuse’ to rummage through the crowd once more…..
Bruges, at Club Cactus, the next day has the best stage and lighting for me and next door in a bigger auditorium I take a few minutes to photograph the band.
The gig itself is ok, Andrew keeps being touched up by a 40 year old woman, rather bizarre…..
I post a few pix, and I am going to put a 2nd book together. It will be released next year.
This is a polaroid transfer of AnneMarie Prince and was taken in 1993 in Den-Bosch. I cross processed the negative as a slide film (that is c41 film developed as e6) and that gave it this large green tint. I shortly after found out which film to use and what filtering to counteract that.
I then grabbed this slide and put it into a colour enlarger and exposed it on a polaroid back, then processed it (it must have been Polaroid 669), but peeled off the negative after just 15 seconds of processing and mounted it to some white board ( used for mounting prints inside frames) and then used a rubber roller carefully to transfix the image on the board.
This is the only attempt that worked, as the negative tended to ‘slip’ while rolling therefore blurring the end result, hence this being precious, here is the digital scan. I have a load of slides of this shoot which I will scan in at some point and publish. I remember meeting Annemarie in Milano a year or so before this shoot. Lovely person to work with.
Model: AnneMarie Prince
Hair and make-up: Karin Melissant.
Taken a while back at The Farnborough Air Show and stacked on top of each other, just playin’
I am going on tour with Lord Wilson next week, so expect a load of Die! Die! Die! antics shortly.
Also dropped my scanner off again at Nikon for a bi-annual clean-up / repair and I hope I can resume scanning my archive after that.
And last but not least I am working on building a new website, had a dabble these past few days already and I hope to have something to show around the holidays.
Here are outtakes from a shoot I did at what is now called The Rosewood Hotel in Holborn.
Model: Gerda Marie Mare
Styling: Cora Chung
Make-up: Shelly Manser-Cavanaugh
Hair: Claudio Contrasti
Been away for a week to Syracuse in Sicily, solid 28 degrees the first 5 days and only a degree or two lower in the latter part of last week. Experienced a lot of blanket lightning, hours of it, spectacular to say the least.
On our way to Syracusa, we passed though Chiaramonte Gulfi and Palazzolo Acreide, the latter giving you an amazing view of Sicily, well worth stopping for.
During the week we also managed to go to Notto, if Baroque architecture is your thing then this is a great place to be.
The beach near Lido di Notto, named Eloro is a quiet and sandy one.
Ortigia itself a lovely place to stay in, quiet, great market, some very good restaurants.
La vita et bella!
Took a lot of pictures
All photographs copyright Bartolomy, all rights reserved.
No public reproduction of any kind allowed!
It has been a few months since I have been posting here, and besides using my iPhone on Instagram it doesn’t amount to much.
In the mean time, time allowing, some changes to a new website and photographs will be done as well and especially the metal stuff, I have made a load of scans but there is so much more to do.
Then the design museum portraits, I have worked on a lot of them a while back and they will be published shortly. Over the 4 year period that I made those portraits the technique has grown so the older shots deserve another ‘look’.
The Kiss is still ongoing, but I take them more with my iPhone than with my Nikon gear, here’s one I shot last week in Shoreditch.
And a nice rainbow shot last night while dangling outside my bedroom window.
First to arrive Poppy Jenner, amazing model, strong features and great personality.
Next was Sienna Somers from Derbyshire. Fabulous hair and looks.
And finally Nancy.
Her first shoot and she did very well.
All at Profile Models.
Last Sunday I went back into the studio again, it had been just over 8 months. Managed to photograph three young girls from Profile Models.
First one who popped round was Charlotte Whitehouse, with her mom Sue. I must admit I felt a bit rusty at first but once I had things set up it all went very smoothly. I changed sets and lighting around to make it a bit more interesting and get a bit of variation in moods.
This was Charlotte’s very first photo shoot and by taking that into account I have to say that she did extremely well. Here are a few.
Next was Lola Parnell, discovered a few years ago on the street when she was twelve ,now with Profile Models and her mom is a photographer too and it shows as she is at ease in front of the lens.
And finally Rosanna, where I managed to get one of my personal favorite photographs. She did great, for it being her second ever shoot.
All three girls have major potential to further their modelling career and I wish them the very best of luck with that!
Watched a few more: Best Man Down, a nice little movie, nothing too complicated part serious part funny.
Woody Allen’s latest film Blue Jasmine is very good, so good that I did not even see it as a typical W.A. flick. Kate Blanchett does a very solid job in this one, would have liked to see Alec Baldwin a bit more since he is such a degenerate in this flick.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller’s latest, very good film too,according to my g/f it has a Forest Gump vibe to it, if Tom Hanks were 20 years younger I bet he would be doing this. Well worth watching.
And then there is Steve McQueen’s latest film 12 Years A Slave an excellent film indeed, curious how it will do at the Oscars, and if it gets neglected in Hollywood it surely will clean up at the Baftas, as it surely deserves a few prizes. Best film of 2013 for me. Strange thing, in this film, is that both parties, the whites and the blacks are worshiping the same God, can’t think of anything more fucked up if you ask me. Some God to worship……
Dallas Buyers Club has a very thin Matthew McConaughey starring as someone who parties hard and who becomes HIV positive and gets himself involved in all kinds of research and tries to obtain all types of drugs just to stay alive, a good film and well played by him but I think Jared Leto is as good if not better, but no way will they give him the Oscar.
And I know I am late to this one: Lilyhammer starring Steven Van Zandt a mafioso (as what else?) relocating thru the witness protection program to Norway, just watched the first ep, I hope it stays as strong as this opener.
Finally Enough Said featuring the late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus again a nice little comedy, well worth watching.
The missus and I decided to go to Malta for a quick break, as it was her birthday and we wanted to go somewhere warmer than the U.K. just to break that wintry and above all wet U.K. spell.We got ourselves based in Mellieha which is the north of the island, where it was relatively quiet. Malta itself is not very big and this messes with your head a tad as when you drive around and look at the map you expect places to be a bit further apart, but every 2 or 3 miles you are in the next town or village.
We hired a car a few days and also took the bus to some major places like Valletta and the Three Cities, the bus system is really excellent, for about £ 1.20 you can travel around for the entire day. They are punctual and tidy, to some people who read this this may be the norm, but not in London 😉 The quality of the roads overall is terrible, it makes Kingsland Rd look like the green on a pool table.
There is quite a lot to see in Malta, but you will have to arrive early as a lot of sights are closed for the afternoon, which is a bit frustrating for us northerners, as these southerners have a different way of life, the siesta continues even in winter!
Our personal fave was Gozo, the smaller island next to Malta, its look is just tidier and also its coolness factor, you just want Malta to be like that.
On our last eve we saw the moon rise, from the horizon, something I have not seen before, magical.
Special thanks to Dan Perry for providing great info as to where to go and what to do while being there!
Some pictures of our travels.
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No public reproduction of any kind allowed!
While being on a quick break I had some time to catch up on a few movies, the new Scorcese film The Wolf Of Wall St which I loved, the pace, editing and above all the cinematography, it is just a feast for the eyes. Laughed out loud a few times and felt it really reminded me in some parts of Goodfellas. Then I saw Captain Phillips and that could have been as good were it not for the terrible last 30 minutes of the Navy getting involved and Hollywood trying to jazz up the rescue mission and its ‘America all the way’ attitude, the film got wankered by this.
Sherlock has finished and to me it proved to be a self indulgent affair for the director and its crew only for the third episode to be of some quality, and yes Moriarty we did miss you, come back as all is forgiven! The Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch could have been a lot better as well, the whole thing is just too shallow, compare this to say The Social Network and then you realise it takes a great director to take a rather dull subject to turn into a a great film of great heights, a missed opportunity indeed.
Her with Joaquin Phoenix, directed by Spike Jonze proved to be an original and unique film which makes you think about where we are heading to tech wise in the future, I liked it quite a lot. Jamesy Boy was just mwah. And finally Lone Survivor a Mark Wahlberg Seals mission flick, some of it based on true happenings, a blokes film indeed, still very watchable but again there’s that America all the way jingo……. And finally Last Vegas to which my girlfriend commented on ‘I could have written that script’ and indeed, this should have been written by a degenerate drug fiend and you would have had a killer film, now it’s pensioners all the way, another missed opportunity. Lastly Mob City which production-wise was terrible and you have no care for the characters at all, a letdown especially when you get the guy, Frank Darabont, who did Shawshank Redemption do this.
Since dropping my Facebook account I have replaced it with reading a load of books, I suggest you all do the same 🙂
I realised that whenever I had a spare moment I ended up grabbing my iPhone and browse through the timeline and concluded that the large majority of my so called ‘friends’ had nothing interesting to say, how many food/cat/dog pictures does one need to plaster on there? In a nutshell I got really bored with it and deleted my account in May 2013, not one regret since.
Instead I started to read books while sitting down on the loo or while travelling on the London Underground or flying abroad, and this is something I have started to enjoy a lot. Before I used to read books while going on holiday and that was that. I can not imagine myself reading an entire book of a screen, be it an iPad or Kindle or PC screen for that matter, it is too intense for my eyes and I find paper just more relaxing.
The books I have read concern mostly the JFK and RFK assassinations, and that is not because I am such a conspiracy buff (then again anyone claiming Oswald did it alone should actually pay attention to the surplus of evidence around!), but because there is so much info available, be it in media or written word and it is a fascinating subject. To me the question here is actually who wasn’t involved in the conspiracy to kill JFK and cover up the act.
There is a lot of disinformation spread through various authors in books and websites above all and it takes quite some time to sift through all that to form an adequate picture of the whole happenings, and even now after reading close to twenty books on this subject there are probably more questions than answers, one can only speculate and that is something I am not keeping myself busy with, to me it is fun to read about.
In between all that, while I was away in Holland I just read Enter Night by Mick Wall, the book on Metallica. Especially the first half is excellent and really nails down the vibe of the first ten years and chronicles all the happenings very well, I can attest to it as I was partially there myself.
Been scanning more stuff in, but that will appear here at a later date. I am getting ready to leave for Malta, the missus and I are on a week’s break. Hopefully plenty of pix when we come back.
This is why film blows digital, anytime!
Kodak EN film from 1986 shot in 2004, I cross processed it and the images of Frangocastello in Crete are lovely.
I shot digital alongside this, and how stale and polished it looks and how much post production it would need to match these and I regret not shooting more film, the character, the nuance etc etc.
Love them. Too bad not many clients are into film any more.
All pix copyright: Bartolomy, all rights reserved.
After I left military service (444 IBC) in August 1988 I stayed at my parents’ house for a few months where I managed to get on their nerves and was more or less told to get my act together (read: get a job and move out 🙂 ) so I started to become an apprentice at Harry van der Brugghen’s studio Ima’gine in the south of Holland in Den-Bosch, where I became his assistant later on.
Harry was an advertising photographer who taught me pretty much everything from late Oct 1988 to Aug 1990. No job was ever the same, and if it did we (Petra Banning the other assistant and I) would bitch to him about how mundane the work had become.
Anyway, having shot bands from mid-1982 to late 1987 and putting a stop to it because of time restraints of the military service, but also because how common the whole metal scene had become, a load of fanzines/magazines had become the competition plus the fact that I had ventured into advertising photography I remember that in 1989 I only shot two shows, one being the Dynamo Festival with Savatage and Armored Saint, and Ice Age.
Ice Age consisted of 4 foxy chicks and hailed from Sweden. Pia Nyström mailed me their demo tape as she thought I was still active with my fanzine Headbanger and would do a review, I was impressed by the Swedish female thrashers and I visited them at the Elckerlyc in Luttenberg (a venue in a highly religious community that had Mercyful Fate, Slayer, Vandenberg and Nasty Savage play there, oh the irony….. This was on Feb 17th 1989 and I only know the date as that is what is written on the contact sheets. Grunge was about to kill off quite a few types of metal, especially the hairspray bands got a right kicking, and Thrash Metal had run its course after 5/6 years as well.
I ended up shooting during and after the soundcheck and also at their show, I don’t think the pix ever got picked up by the foreign mags I used to write and shoot for. The other thing that I also remember was Pia writing to me after the show that the band in that particular line up of Sabrina Kihlstrand – Vocals/Guitar, Pia Nyström – Lead guitar, Vicky Larsson – Bass and Tina Strömberg – Drums had ceased to exist. Looking at these images I see some improvement compared to the shots I used to do before I started working at Harry’s. For starters I shot more material than I used to. Scanning them in for the very first time and I must say I am pleasantly surprised. I post two as I save the good stuff for the book of course.
Since I have been spending some time scanning some of my archive in I came across these two shots of Blackfoot, Rickey Medlocke, Charlie Hargrett, Jackson Spires and Greg T. Walker who opened up for Iron Maiden and Scorpions. Funny thing is that these two shots are actually the first two shots I ever took at a rock concert. I also realise them being the opening act it was easier to get relatively close to the stage, something I could not do when Iron Maiden kicked off.
I will post more stuff over the coming few weeks.
The last few days I have had my scanner on and threw a few negs in and low and behold we have a few shots to show 🙂 Obviously these are the rejects / outtakes, call it what you want it, and the good stuff stays ‘secret’ until the book will be published, but at least it will give everyone some idea of what is to be expected.
Here are two shots of Kiss live at Donington (1996) from the best photo pit I ever worked in, check the videos on YouTube and you will see for yourself. These I took with my Olympys Mju a small compact camera which I only took a few shots with as I did (back then) all my work on a Pentax 67. I will try and regularly post some scans.
Been listening to the new Hell album Curse & Chapter, a worthy follow up to Human Remains, great sounding NWOBHM. I would like to see them again on tour next year, it seems I missed them when they played London with Carcass in Nov.
Of all the stuff I have watched lately only one thing really jumped out and that was Prisoners with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gylenhaal, strong film.
Going to Holland after X-Mas and I hope to go on a quick holiday in January to break this wintry spell.
Last week went to Holland to see my mom and hang around for a few days, I was looking forward to it as I felt the need for a break from London.
Besides chatting and hanging about I got up one morning early to see if I could shoot some interesting shots of the sunrise since the weather over there was bliss, not a cloud in the sky for the entire period I was there.
I got lucky and managed to take some atmospheric scenery pictures of Vriezenveen.
So I finally decided to start scanning my metal archive (I think Gerd-Jan Vleugels’ passing made me get my finger out I suppose), the large majority being from 1982-1987.
Quite an undertaking, I am looking at having to scan in about 1,500-2,000 images from which I will have to edit it down to about 10/20% of that for the forth coming metal book, I doubt this will be out before X-Mas more like summer 2014. So far I scanned in Saxon from 1985, Metallica in 1984, Black Lace in 1985, Venom 1984 and Alaska (Bernie Marsden’s band). Thank goodness I never made a career out of this because I would probably hung myself in the shed, the amount to scan now in at higher resolutions is daunting as it is already.
Going through the folders I see there’s some stuff missing, like Metallica at Aardschok (some wicked b&w shots, I do have a handfull of color ones), Slayer in 1985, Twisted Sister in 1984, Manowar 1984, Anvil from 1983, Judas Priest from 1984, Gary Moore, Whitesnake, Dio 1983 and 1984 and some more, I feel gutted considering how much is gone, and I have no idea where it is, unless Stefan Schipper has been holding back on me 🙂 I managed to retrieve Armored Saint and Savatage shots from the Dynamo Open Air show from his studio in Vriezenveen a couple of years ago.
Another thing I have noticed is how easy it is shooting digital at concerts, back then I was a teenager and I could afford one, perhaps two rolls of film and the processing/printing, now you just whack out 150 frames and it is only time invested, hence clients thinking it costs bugger all, yeah right!!!
I shall post some outtakes here and there, time allowing. I will also work on some text, as there are plenty of anecdotes that deserve a mention.
Going to Holland in about two weeks time, looking forward to that.
It’s that time of the year again, Die! Die! Die! are playing Europe this summer and of course a soiree in the U.K. was included. I joined them last week at their Brighton and London dates, this is their third trip to the EU now in about 9 months time and this tour is quite long (three months) and they are hitting almost every European country.
They have already been on the road for six weeks when I catch up with them in Brighton. Lord Wilson is in a good mood and even lets me shoot them on the beach in front of both piers in Brighton, thing is it is raining, very fine misty rain, the one where you do not realise you are getting a right soaking. My lens is getting wet and I have to wipe the glass every few frames, focusing becomes a problem, still I manage to nab a few nice ones.
The show itself is very good, of the 30 odd shows I have seen them play they still have to play a bad one. London the next day at The Shacklewell Arms (I do not care how trendy the gaff is DDD do not belong here) is an even better show but I do not shoot a lot of pix, as there are only 2 lights on stage and they are only beaming red.
I was supposed to jump in the van with them and go up north to Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow but a funeral prevented me from joining them. The band are still on the continent until the end of Sept. from which they are going straight to Japan to continue their tour of Harmony. The new album has been recorded and should be out next year.
Here is a spread from Damaged Goods Mag with my pix from the November 2012 and March 2013 shows.
It has come to my attention that Gerd-Jan Vleugels has passed away at the age of 44 due to thyroid cancer on Aug. 2nd. I am shocked that he is not around anymore, aged 44 years is way too soon to depart from this planet.
I first met him in the mid-80’s when he was running his own mag Metal Empire while I was running Headbanger, we were competitors in a way but we always got along great, we tended to run into each other at shows or press junkets (if that’s what you can call them) in Amsterdam and so forth and always exchanged ideas and pleasantries
I remember when Gerd-Jan and I met up in the summer of 1986 and combined our efforts going to Middelburg in the province of Zeeland in The Netherlands to cover Joshua (Joshua Perahia’s band) who had released the album Surrender the year prior. Ken Tamplin was the second guitar player in that line-up. They were also demoing Intense Defense in Germany at Dierks Studios. I will try and dig some shots out in due course.
Headbanger was getting more difficult to run in 1987 (I was in the military) and we talked about merging both mags and give Aardschok a tickle of their own fancy but there was a third party involved who was not up for this idea, so it did not happen.
The other story that has sprung to my mind was at Aardschokdag in 1987 (I think) which I covered for BURRN! Magazine from Japan, when Megadeth were headlining along with Flotsam & Jetsam and Testament, Dave Mustaine was using heavily in those days and the EMI press liaison had a lot of difficulty trying to get Dave to do a press conference (he would not do singular interviews), so we all sat there and 4/5 questions in Dave Mustaine was in anything but a cooperative mood.
At the same time I realised I had left my camera bag inside the adjoining room so I excused myself and looked out for my camera bag, by the time I had located it Gerd-Jan was there as well, and told me what a dick Dave Mustaine was for being so uncooperative and refused to answer certain questions, so we hit the bar instead.
Later that night during Megadeth’s show Dave Mustaine was taking a cheap shot against the press during his show, probably because of that particular press conference. He seemed to have forgotten that 95% of the people there were part of the heavy metal press that had supported him and his band since starting Megadeth.
Gerd-Jan and I lost track of each other in the 90’s as I had moved to Italy only for me to find him again 6/7 years ago.
Gerd Jan Vleugels was an excellent writer who had a lot of knowledge especially when it came to melodic hard rock bands and he joined Aardschok in 1988 as a writer covering them. In 2006 he left Aardschok Magazine to begin a new chapter in the dance scene and wrote for various magazines in The Netherlands.
The good ones always seem to die young and the world has become more boring without you m8, R.I.P.!!!
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