I’m very proud to see the interview with CARSON McHONE (and the shots I took with my FujiFilm X30) published in the Plug n’ playJune 2019 issue. I’m equally proud to present on my blog the full series of b&w shots (and just one color frame) I took of Carson at Rough Trade East, London, during the Texan singer and guitarist’s showcase in early February 2019.
To enrich this post let me add Carson’s opinion on the role of photography in her career. As Carson told me: <If there’s this constant need for content then it’s important to think ahead, especially if you want some sort of coherent theme to your imagery. I am definitely not anywhere near where I’d like to be with this but recently I’ve started to really think about any photos I take or any photo shoots I do, to have some sort of unifying aesthetic or intent, so that when I do post these images to the rest of the world I can feel like it’s a representation of the art and not just cheap engagement.>
An amazing night with the music of UK band Soft Machine. Armed with two cameras – Fuji X100 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 (+ Zuiko 17 mm f2.8 +Zuiko 30 mm f3.5 Macro) – I’ve recorded the mid afternoon soundcheck and the live show at La casa di Alex, in Milan. Guitarist John Etheridge joined the opening act, Paolo Ricca Group, before coming back on stage as headliner, with his historical fellows John Marshall, Roy Babbington and Theo Travis.
Free to move around the stage, I took b&w pics very close to the musicians, trying as usual to recreate an early Seventies magic rock atmosphere. ENJOY!
P.S. special thanks to friend composer and musician Paolo Ricca and to Nick Utteridge, Soft Machine’s tour manager.
I took this series of shots during the first day of Bellinzona Blues Sessions 2018. Waiting for the performances on the main stage (Band of Brothers with friend drummer Rocco Lombardi and Nico Duportal & His Rhythm Dudes) I spent the late afternoontaking street shots of lovely people dancing, chatting and eating in the “village” organized in the Bellinzona’s main square. On the secondary stage, “aperitif stage,” I shot Swiss band JC Harpo & Ardy Blues Band. It was an opportunity to test my new Olympus Zuiko 30mm f3.5 MACRO. ENJOY!
My shot for Swiss music magazine Plug n’play ‘s cover (N°11, May 2018). The shot of amazing jazz singerZara McFarlane was taken with Olympus OM-DE-M5 + Zuiko 17mm f2.8. Post-production by Federica Beffumo.
With only my camera (Canon 1100 D) and a press badge – in fact a free ticket – I attended the 2012 Soundgarden reunion concert in Milan. Thousands of young people – who were not even born when the grunge revolution began to shake Seattle and the whole world – were all around me. Kids full of energy and eager to listen for the first time in their lives to Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron live and in action. When the show started I began to take pictures and had to fight not to be submerged by the crazed crowd. That Soundgarden concert, in the audience, ended up being a very physical & almost confrontational experience, but that did not stop me from putting together a very good series of shots.
Some of the photos presented here were published in the Swiss music culture magazine Plug n’ Play in September 2014. Visit Plug n’ Play magzine!