Yes, this is pretty much the same location as the one in my last blogpost! Just these photos were shot about a year ago for a German artist called Impala Ray. I first met this guy when I shot a wedding in September 2013. During coffee-time, I suddenly heard a very quiet acoustic guitar, supported by only a bass-drum and a tuba and this really characteristic singer. I looked around and found this guy with two musicians playing in a corner of the garden for the wedding guests. It was perfect. Just perfect. They were quiet and their sound was so down to earth that i instantly fell in love with the mood they created. I couldn’t imagine any better live music for a garden wedding.
I chatted with him and he told me that he was in the process of recording an album. Everything to do with the album should be very old fashioned, that’s the mood he wanted to create so I offered him to shoot the promotional series for this release. After some phone calls we decided to give it a try. He send me over some pre-mixed songs and I knew exactly where he wanted to go with this release. Have you guys heard Bon Iver’s first album “For Emma, forever ago”? It’s a very rough and straight-forward sound and I found this in Impala Ray’s music too. I tried to give the whole photo series a film-touch by shooting digital but processing with VSCO and Exposure 4 and adding a lot of grain and dust and light leaks. It turned out to be perfectly on the spot what he imagined.
At the moment, the album is getting more and more attention and seems to be pretty successful. And Impala Ray’s success is also my success as I found some of these photos in big German newspapers or on the websites of radio- and TV-stations.
If you want to get the album on iTunes or even as a physical copy, head over to his website www.impalaray.com
And here’s a musicvideo with some scenes shot during the photo-shooting: