The Smithsonian is putting together a book project compiling a compendium of crowdsourced rock n’ roll photography. This has given me a wonderful incentive to do something I’ve been procrastinating about for quite a while. Namely, going back through my many concert pictures, with fresh eyes, and picking out some of my work that might merit publication in a book planned for publication in 2017. I have submitted the above concert work this morning and am currently waiting for confirmation of approval. The concert shots are of British electronic band Depeche Mode in Antwerp in early 2014. To be honest, their Ultra album released in 1997, remains the only body of work from Depeche Mode that I have ever bought and listened to. Some great raw tracks on that album – more raucous rock than the gentler synth pop that usually defines them. If you are interested in seeing more of my R’n’R photography that has meet the criteria for approval by the Smithsonian, please visit : http://rockandroll.si.edu/photocontest/user/sean-hayes-1/
I remember being in awe of this photograph when I first saw it back in the early 80s. So simple. So graphic. But also so painterly in its treatment of light and composition. I was a junior pencil-sharpner in a Dublin ad agency at the time and realised great conceptual ad work was being produced in tandem with beautifully crafted images by photographers like Brian Griffin in the UK. So I left for Paris:) And the rest is geography. (line pinched from copy king Peter Russell). Check out Griffin’s masterful photographic work that helped make the London ad scene a powerhouse of advertising creativity right through the 70s, 80s and 90s. Thanks to David Dye for posting this interview on his blog and reminding me why I wanted to work in advertising in the first place. It really was an incredibly creative and innovative time to be in the business. I miss it. Link to interview: IN-CAMERA 1: Brian Griffin..
Just recently put a portfolio of my music photography online. Please take a a look.
Link: Sean On Stage Photography.