This was taken in Dublin to promote the yet to be released ‘American Idiot’ album. I had to shoot a front cover for one of the guitar magazines and the idea of Billie Joe Armstrong posing with a guitar seemed so cheesey and definetely not at all punk. I wanted Billie to look completely uninterested on the cover and I had the idea to get Billy chewing on bubble gum and stretching it towards the lens to avoid him having to hold the guitar at all. I expected this to be a difficult shoot but like all good ideas the simplest work the best and Billie was so easy and co-operative throughout the session.
The finished print is in the style of a screen print with several block overlays over the original image through a dot mesh.Stricty limited to only 50 24″ x 20″ prints.
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How do you make only 19 people look like a moshpit? That is what I was asking when originally I had suggested we would need at least 50 people to make it look convincing. For fear of being over subscribed for this photo shoot with Rob Flynn we kept the shout out for extras a quiet one. So when the time of the shoot came we had far fewer moshers than I was expecting! I had to shoot a whole host of formal portraits with Rob before we got to the fun stuff in the moshpit so the volunteer crowd were kept outside in the bar at the Camden Underworld. By the time we got to the moshpit shoot myself and assistant Chris had to break down the studio we had built for the portraits and set up for the mosh pit. We taped out a large rectangle in front of the stage and marked a cross on the floor where Rob would stand (carefully avoiding positioning him in the middle/crease of the page as the shot was for a double page spread). We then set up a back light, a side light with a dish, an umbrella on the left to fill-in and a boom arm with a grid light. We then invited the extras in and did a couple of practise takes with the art editor Lewis from Metal Hammer standing in place for Rob Flynn. I wanted a large depth of field to keep things sharp @f8 and a slow shutter speed of 1/4 of a second to give some blur amongst the pin sharp flash exposure. We cranked up the music, invited Rob into the pit and told all the moshers to literally fight there way from one side to the other. I think I also promised a prize to the best extra (to be announced). Don’t look at the camera, don’t accidently hit Rob and go crazy! We nailed it in about 20 takes and all the extras were superb throughout. Check out the November issue of Metal Hammer now to see more shots from the day!
Have this gorgous new print of Ville looking killer! It is called ‘Dark Road’ and for the first time we have produced some smaller 12″ x 10″ prints that look stunning. We only had time to produce a very small run of the bigger 24″ x 20″ so they are very limited stock. There is Twenty Five 12″ x 10″ and Only 10 24″ x 20″. They are all printed on the amazing acid free 330g watercolour paper, numbered and personally signed by me and I love them, hope you do too!
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HIM – Hotel Kämp
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