In today’s blog post we want to bring you freelance photographer Dean Chalkley a bit closer. Dean will give us a glimpse of his ongoing exhibition LOOK HEAR – a collection music portraits from the past 15 years:
“The reason I am so passionate about the music scene is because of it’s cultural significance. This is where my interest really lies, I’m interested in the outsiders the renegades the heroes and heroines of our society, and the world of music often reflects our dreams and desires.
“The image, attitude and effect of its protagonists live with us, they at times can lead us and we can also live through them… I like heroes.
“I do photograph a lot of people involved in the Music scene, and NME Magazine is a good client of mine. I enjoy working with them and the artistes they ask me to shoot. It was exciting to receive the award from the NME for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography’ it’s an honor to have contributed to that magazine for the past 10 years really and it’s still a buzz to see my pictures appear in it’s pages and on it’s site etc.
The White Stripes 2003
“This photograph was taken at Holborn Studios in London. All we knew was the name of the forthcoming White Stripes album it was to be called ‘Elephant’.
“It turned into a great shoot and the first time I’d met Jack and Meg, they were not a disappointment.Jack enthusiastic and eager to get into the part and Meg cool and collected but absolutely charming …lights blew up at one point, the elephant heads ear got broken off. (Oops) but we got some great pictures and this is my favorite from the session.
Jarvis Cocker 2010
“Back stage at the NME awards an improvised studio set up , general chaos and very rock n roll as you might expect, but when Jarvis appeared with his erudite ways we entered a much calmer moment, I really love this picture, Jarvis’s poise, expression and an underlying tension are all present in this picture.
Ian Brown 2006
“West London 2006 Ian Brown, what a legend! Ian Brown is a man that has such striking features totally remarkable. His profile is something that I had never seen in a photograph before. His angular face and glasses worked brilliantly together like a one-man Mount Rushmore.
For more information on Dean visit deanchalkley.com.
If you are interested to see his exhibition LOOK HEAR at the White Wall Space Gallery, the show runs from the 4th February until 29th February 2012.