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© Chris Grabin

© Chris Grabin

While reviewing this collection of album cover portraits (see link), I noticed one possible criteria for selection that was completely absent: one of technical excellence. Dylan’s portrait for his “Blond on Blond” album, for example, is a photograph with “camera shake” – usually the bane of many a photographer when the camera or subject (or both) are moving in unison with a slow shutter speed. These photographs usually get binned. Nevertheless, this photo has succeed in becoming part of the iconic vocabulary of modern music. In this day and age where precision and rationality are venerated – and have the technology to deliver it – we are in danger of forgetting why things “work” and why they don’t. Perfection doesn’t work. Perfection rarely interests people. It’s boring. Like music itself, it’s the seemingly random empty spaces between notes that confers harmony and emotion and not only the perfect notes themselves. Photographers don’t need to be perfect technicians to make great photographs – they need to be able to capture images that convey emotion with sublime subjectivity. The best photographers are usually humanists. They understand that life is messy (like this poorly written piece) and transient and create work that celebrates this fact rather than trying to ‘perfect’ it.

Link to article: Björk, Blondie and Bruce – the cover portraits that deserve to hang in a gallery | Music | The Guardian.

Very pleased to be invited by Knox Bronson over at P1xels to take part in a year-long exhibition of iPhonic Art at the Markham Vineyards Gallery in California. Equally pleased to see some familiar names among those chosen by Knox to exhibit their work.…

Angel Wings © Sean Hayes

Angel Wings © Sean Hayes

Link to show: Markham Show, Part 4 – PIXELSPIXELS.

Aidan © Sean Hayes

Aidan © Sean Hayes

Link to site: http://seanmobileportraits.tumblr.com

© Jean Curran

© Jean Curran

This is such a great story about a photographer and her quest to make compelling art. Respect. I shall now get out of the way and let the article tell her story.  Recommended. Link to article: Two sides to the art of war in Afghanistan. Link to video: http://bcove.me/qvpwqknp Link to Jean’s web site: http://jeancurran.com

For more photos from the gig, please visit: http://seanhayesmusicphotography.tumblr.com

Changingman © Sean Hayes

Changingman © Sean Hayes

Still one of the best live performers around. Live at a Route of Kings event in Hyde Park, 28 July ’02.

I’m a huge fan of the Thin White Duke. He needs no introduction. His amazingly prolific creativity across many decades and mediums speaks for itself eloquently. The travelling exhibition of his blockbuster V&A archive show at the Philharmonie de Paris/ Cité de la Musique, Paris includes over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades. I recommend a visit. Even though photography was ‘interdit’, I still managed to capture a few snaps with my iPhone. Rebel Rebel 🙂 If you would like to see more of my mobile music photography, please visit: http://seanhayesmusicphotography.tumblr.com

Crossing © Sean Hayes

Crossing © Sean Hayes

Outlaw © Sean Hayes

Outlaw © Sean Hayes

Suicide © Sean Hayes

Suicide © Sean Hayes

I was invited by Irish author Patrick Chapman to submit photographic work for the latest edition of The Pickled Body, a quarterly online poetry and art magazine. I submitted 4 images of roses which I shot and processed on my iPhone. If you are a fan of poetry, I recommend a visit: http://thepickledbody.com/2015/04/01/the-cover-for-issue-2-1-quantum/  If you are interested in finding out more about the editors of The Pickled Body please follow the link below: http://philipcummins.com/2013/11/28/interview-patrick-chapman-dimitra-xidous-editors-of-the-pickled-body/

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