Posts Tagged ‘Folk’

Homeless by Chan Kwok Hung

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With news released of a debut album on the 13th June, Marcus Foster is someone I’d like to feature. The album, ‘Nameless Path‘, promises to worth the wait from what I’ve heard so far. To be honest, half the time I haven’t got a clue what he’s singing, but it sounds great! There’s an acquired darkness to his voice that has similarities to Tom Waits, which you can hear in ‘Circle In The Square.’ To launch the record, he will play two nights at London’s Barfly on the 13th and 14th June, so visit his sites to grab some cheap tickets before he becomes massive (and expensive)!

Homeless by Chan Kwok Hung is a powerful image I’ve been wanting to use for quite a while, but the right song just hasn’t turned up until now. The tragedy in the photograph is suited so well to the music; I didn’t need much else of an excuse to use it. About the image, Chan says:

“Taken in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, two little children living with their grandmother on the street nearby the junk yard, everyday in the evening, they look for some useful thing inside the junk yard they can resell for money, but if they found nothing, they would be punished seriously!”

It’s a heartbreaking reality you wouldn’t wish on anyone, but it takes photographers like Chan to bring something like this to the forefront of our minds. He has been hailed by many competitions for his other photography, especially within action and sports genres, so visit the rest of his work via links below…

Marcus Foster info: Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, Buy on iTunes

Chan Kwok Hung info: WPO Page

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Long Walk Home by Ashlee Betteridge

Another request, but this time from a photographer who is based in Australia. Ashlee Betteridge let me select my favourite image from her Flickr site, which included ‘Long Walk Home’ from her time spent in Indonesia. It is a photograph of a boy walking home from school in the farmlands around Bukittinggi, West Sumatra.

To suit such a wonderfully taken shot I wanted to find something to suit the pace of the boy walking home. The smoke in the background also reminded me of locomotion (no, not Kylie Minogue). I found ‘Lost In My Mind’ by The Head And The Heart, who are an exciting band from Seattle to keep an eye on. The song matches both aspects I was looking for; part of the song even sounds like a train (the “woo-ooh’s” to use a technical term)! Lots of links for you to click on below, because both artists deserve your time and attention…

The Head And The Heart info: Official Site, Myspace, Facebook, Buy on Amazon

Ashlee Betteridge info: FlickrMain Site, Blog

Bleak December by Ivan Murdzhev

Bill Callahan is perhaps most known for his work under the moniker ‘Smog’ between 1990 and 2005. One of my own personal favourites during this time was ‘Vessel In Vain’ (from the ‘Supper’ album), which went on to feature in the sublime film Dead Man’s Shoes (watch it immediately, but only after reading/listening to this of course). ‘Baby’s Breath’ is a stand-out track from his new album ‘Apocalypse’, which is due out on April 19th. As you’ll hear, he’s not one you’d play at a party, more so that album you lend to your friend that you’ll never get back.

This has an American desert road undertone to it, and I didn’t want to just put up a cowboy looking wistfully into the sunset on top (as much as I love a stetson). ‘Bleak December’ by Ivan Murdzhev is a suitable alternative that works even better. It’s as dark as the song, especially the man coming into focus, and the harsh cold of the picture puts it that one notch higher. There’s no doubting that Ivan knows how to frame the shot, and he photographs many more interesting pieces which you can view via the links below…

Bill Callahan info: Buy on iTunes, last.fm, Smog Myspace

Ivan Murdzhev info: deviantART, Facebook

Fishing For Stars by Gilad Benari

 

A song that seems to stick in my head at the moment is Swim Club by The Cave Singers. Taken from their recently released third album, No Witch, it is the kind of song for an easy afternoon. They are made up of a trio of guys from Seattle, but make the kind of music you expect from five in Alabama.

With the folk influence and notion of water in the title, I decided to head straight for fishing images. It reminded me of the American South specifically, and this photograph by the Israeli, Gilad Benari, captures this essence. He’s a superb photographer, and certainly someone I’m going to revisit for future images. Many elements make this photograph stand out above others, and for me it’s the way the light catches the rippling of the water that is the greatest of them all. You can find out more about the featured artists below…

The Cave Singers info on: Official Site, Myspace, Buy on iTunes

Gilad Benari info on: Main SitedeviantArt