Into the Archives

For my 6th post this year - yes, we are only 6 days in which means I'm still on my self-promise to write a post every day of 2015 - I wanted to get back to my rock'n'roll roots. Give you some amazing photograph of a rock star I shot. Something that has never been seen. Unveiled here for the very first time. Are you excited yet?

I thought it would also be fun to have someone else fish into one of my big manilla envelopes, and without looking, pull out a sheet of negatives. I called on my friend and she did just that. I must admit, when she pulled out the sheet and I saw the title, I was disappointed. It wasn't Elton John or Van Morrison or Pink Floyd. It was something else I shot for one of my record company clients that I may have done a total of four times. What are the odds of one of those popping out?

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I also scanned the outside of the page so you'd be in on it from the start.


For a few seconds after I saw the title I was tempted to say, "Pull out another one." Thinking, if I use something off this set of negatives it's going to be boring, crappy, stupid, uncreative, lousy photograph. Then I thought, if I do that I will be a liar. Note: I dislike liars almost as much as people who hurt children or animals. 

So here I am, sticking with the plans, pulling out the negs and putting them in the scanner to make a contact sheet. Then I looked through the contact sheets (there were six strips and the scanner can do four at a time) praying for something that was somewhat interesting. Just one frame, please.

In my estimation, the first frame was pretty awesome but I set that one aside for a moment because it was that first frame that's snapped off in order to get to a clean frame of film. And then a couple of strips over I found this frame that I really liked.

Before I add that photograph into this post I will tell you what this job entailed. The "RCA" was the record company I was shooting for. "Denver" is John Denver, another reason I didn't want to use it because he was in my first post of the year. And "Windows" was the job. Yes, I was shooting the windows and inside a record store (remember those?) of John Denver's album displays that were installed because he was going to be playing in Vancouver and receiving a Canadian Gold (maybe it was Platinum) record backstage after the concert.

This is one of the window display shots that I did. The one I really like. I trust you will figure out why I like so much, so I won't go into it here - going back to that "a picture is worth..." thing.


And here's the opening frame to the roll. 

Denver Window83_37.jpg

Thanks for stopping by...and I hope your year is going as well as mine.


The last day of 2014 marked two anniversaries in the music world.

Singer/songwriter, environmentalist, advocate and pilot John Denver was born on December 31st. Today is his 71st birthday. 


He was one of the nicest musicians I photographed. After his performance to 17,000 fans, he invited many of them backstage and then asked me to take pictures of them with him. 

John Denver greeting fans backstage.

John Denver greeting fans backstage.

And on December 31, 1985 a plane carrying Rick Nelson, members of his Stone Canyon Band (Bobby Neal, Patrick Woodward, Rick Intveld, Andy Chapin and Clark Russell, and Rick's girlfriend Helen Blair) crashed on his way to a NYE gig in Dallas, TX. 


He was a beautiful man, gone too soon.