10 November 2009 – Earlier this month I met up with Ben Kowalewicz, front man of Billy Talent before their show at Brixton Academy.
I’ve been a fan of his work since I heard my first Billy song a few years back and I had the pleasure of working with him earlier this year when they came out just before the launch of their latest album. Anyway, I was really overwhelmed last time because I was too excited but this time I was a lot more relaxed. I shoot and work with people in bands all the time but every now and then I do feel a little nervous especially when I am working with someone that I have looked up to for so long.
It was a pleasure working with him and unfortunately the inside and back area of the Academy isn’t the nicest place I have ever seen so we ended up keeping it simple and shooting inside one of the really small and narrow dressing rooms. There wasn’t much in there to work with but I moved the sofa to the one side in front of the cream wall and then used a single light to just capture the essence of Ben deep in thought which I feel is fitting seeing that he is the lyricist.
These are just 2 of the images I shot with him. Stayed for the show afterwards and it blew my mind.
Currently listening to : A Wilhelm Scream – Dreaming of Throwing Up.