“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” -Aldous Huxley
Last Friday I talked about my passion for capturing rock bands through a lens. After graduating from Beckman’s College of Design in Sweden in the early 80’s I decided to spend some time overseas in NYC. It was then I developed a taste for the sound coming out of the downtown New York rock scene of the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Once more time had passed I decided to take the leap and emigrate from Sweden to New York. In the mid 90’s, I landed at MTV as Art Director, but after some years at other positions at other agencies I eventually jumped on board with ThoughtMatter. For the past two years I have been photographing and documenting the downtown NYC rock scene for a personal book project.
Music gives me enormous pleasure and satisfaction. It’s by far the greatest creative release I have yet to experience. Below you’ll see a range of my work and two videos of young English band’s who are inspired by the same sound which ignited my passion for capturing moments from todays New York rock scene.
I tend to shoot all my rock photography in black and white. It’s how I learned how to take pictures: By shooting film, developing it and printing my own photos. There’s something unique about seeing pictures in black and white because I believe it naturally forces a stronger emotional connection to whatever your subject is.
PINK CIGAR is a high-energy rock ‘n’ roll band from London. They’re a band that holds true to the glam rock spirit but with a much harder edge.
YAK takes a retro sound to rock. Their sound is experimental with a progressive twist, and their live performances are raw and chaotic.