Sometime last year, I was contacted by Lars Mullen, who amongst
quite a few other things in the music world, is a journalist and a
really great photographer, with a passion for his subject.
He does the monthly feature in Guitar & Bass magazine.
He had read quite a few entries on my blog and wondered if I still
had them all and would I be interested in doing a feature.
I said that I still had most of them and more that I hadn't done yet,
so raising a selection wouldn't be a problem and yes, I would be
interested in getting some of them in an article.
We finally got together a couple of months ago and spent a couple
of days together, sorting out, setting up, shooting. . . . and trying
to find which case was for which guitar - despite them all being
labelled, it was still a challenge!! LOL!
Lars didn't stop all day of the shoot - aside from a quick sandwhich,
he worked a straight 7 hours.
I will never look at these articles in the same way again - so much work
goes into them - over 400 shots, so he could choose various alternatives
when it came to selection and editing.
The following interviews took another 3 or 4 hours and then he has to
type them up!!
Anyway, as I said we had a great day shooting 40 instruments - mainly
basses but a few guitars and a Peter Cook Twin Neck, were thrown in
for good measure.
To get them all to stand up in the group shot was a real challenge - I
had laid my hands on as many stands as I could but not forty of them!
Various tricks were used, including a pack of rubber pencil erasers!!
As I mentioned above, finding the correct cases, when all the shots were
done, was also "entertaining"!
So, if you would like to see some of my collection - all together, along with
descriptions and stories behind them - Guitar & Bass Magazine, Volume
25, Issue 10, is out now.
A big thank you to Lars and a very big thank you to my other helper. . . .
who will remain nameless but you know who you are. . . . . . Taaaaaaa. :)
Fancy doing it again?
Always happy to hear from owners out there - I have made so many
friends, over the years, from all over the globe - with so many invites
to "drop in" should I be in that area.
I'd better start saving some air miles!!!
Drop me a line, if you wish or post a comment on the blog.
If you do get to read the article, I hope you enjoy it.
Back next time with the fronts of the instruments I put up the other day.
A Peter Cook Axis Guitar and a Ray Cooper Custom.
All the best.