For the past 18 months I have had the framed prints from my Instamatic fro the People project in my studio
The other day I was looking at them and reflecting that since I started the project 2 and a half years ago that some of the bands have split up , other bands and musicians are on the verge of greater things ( also many of the people I did not know when I first photographed themand have since become my friends).It is also interesting to see the way some of the locations and people’s styles have changed. So I have decided to put al the images from 2010 onwards on my David Wala Photography Facebook page
Anyhow the links to all the photographs are:
Back in September I was going to do a blog post titled The Things I Did Last Summer – but I will be changing that to The Things I Did Last Summer and Autumn.
I have been busty doing other things apart from Instamatic for the People
I have just made a gallery to show the first bach of images from the Instamatic for the People project. They feature Howler, Collectors Club, The Neat and Sound of Guns. Click on the picture below to visit it:
After taking a year way from my ongoing Instamatic for the People project I decided to restart it this week by photographing Howler.I have changed this project to include bands from outside of the North East of England - I want to make it inclusive as possible. Local writer Linsey Teggart summed up my project in her article for Narc magazine her article for Narc magazine – this sums up the article. Other information can be found mainly in my 2010 and 2011 posts in this blog.
On Friday while waiting for Howler who were delayed due to mechanical problems – I was wondering if they would have time to do some photographs ( I needn’t have worried they were super cool and very helpful even though they had been on torturous journey on the M1.). To pass some time I flicked through my book from the exhibition and reflected on how much has changed in our local music scene. It is interesting to see how fashions, and locations have changed as well as the people
This picture of Brent below shows rest of Howler engrossed in the book I think sums up their enthusiasm. As their album America Give Up has been the soundtrack of my year I think it is fitting that they are the first band to be photographed for the relaunch of the project. This has given me a real boost.
I would also love to photograph all the people from the original book next year as part of this ongoing project.
The book is still available to buy from Blurb books click on the image below – all profits go to Teenage Cancer Trust. It is also available for iPad and iPhone as a download
I would once again like to thank everyone that has taken part and to Howler for being the first people of 2012. I am looking forward to see where this project take us – hopefully to another charity opening and gig.
PS I will be putting up an online gallery soon of all the images as I take them – I have more to add from some amazing people which will be added soon
Nearly every day I use my digital camera. So I am excited about starting a new film based project – I have already started this and I can’t wait to put some of the images online ( this should be next week) .
I am also firing up my Instax camera to do some more images from my Instamatic for the People project – more details will also follow for this.
This is a personal project and I am looking forward to new adventures ahead
The Instamatic for the People book is now also available as a download for iPad and iPhone – it is priced at £4.99 plus £0.99p tax added at the checkout, and from this £2.00 from each sale will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust. It is available from Blurb here
It features over 220 portraits of musicians from the North East of England as part of my ongoing project.
This follows on from the Instamatic for the People exhibition that ran all summer at The Cluny – all the images from the exhibition are featured in the book.
You can read more about my project in my earlier posts in this blog.
So happy to get some recognition from a photography website about my Instamtic for the People book and project.
I have dedicated so much time and effort to this project because I believed in it ,and in the process overcoming and deflecting doubts. It was heartwarming to get so much positive feedback since the exhibition.
Every penny of profit goes to Teenage Cancer Trust – and even better for me all the order fulfilment is done by the printers and all the money goes direct to the charity….. I am relieved my work on this book is done
To read the article visit Choose Film
The link to the book http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2204947?SSAID=314743
Things are running to schedule so far, although O am sure there will be some last-minute panic.
This morning I dropped the majority of my photographs with the super talented Mark at www.tynemouthstationframes.com – without any prompting he offered to do my framing at cost as my event is for charity – much respect and gratitude – if you believe in good karma it should be coming your way.
Still more people to photograph – I am going to keep photographing until Monday morning so if there are any bands in the North East of England that want to get involved you are all welcome – this project is totally inclusive and democratic
Paul Burgess has helped me out with some design work for the forthcoming exhibition – I love the posters that he designed. Could not recommend him more highly. If you get a chance check out Paul Burgess Graphic Design website
I am also pleased with the article in the May issue of Narc magazine they really understand what this project is about
The people at ChooseFilm have written an article about my ongoing Instamatic for the People project – whch is taking shape I will be adding yet more scans to the gallery soon. THis project is being shot exclusively on Fuji Instax film.
The article can be found here:
In the meantime I will be updating this blog soon I have been busy settling into my new studio and organising a new website. As well as doing the thing I love taking photographs I have been busy doing some location shoots and some live gigs which I will write further in my next update.
I am delighted that Paul Smith agreed to participate in my Instamatic For The People project.
Last week I caught up with him at his in store gig at RPM records.
I am hoping to stage an exhibition of these images in 2011 – in the meantime you can see the images in the Instamatic for the People gallery.
A big thank you to everybody that has so far supported my instant photography project.
This weekend as well as photographing the New York Dolls at The Cluny I was also at the Transmission New Wave event in the splendour of the Grand Room of the Discovery Museum. I will be adding photographs from the event soon to my Flickr site.
This gave me the opportunity to photograph some more musicians for my Instax For The people project. I am so happy that people seem enthusiastic to participate in this project – I still marvel at the way the image appears on the paper it is a little bit of magic .
Please see my Instax For The People Gallery
Tom Robinson has a done so much to encourage local music talent ,and he was on the panel at the event. I told him about my project and he was happy that he agreed to pose for this project
Here’s to serving at least another 100 people and an exhibition in early. 2011.
Killing Floor, Kele, Adam Green, Instamatic For The People, RPM, And Other News
It has been a busy time for me lately.
It gives me a real buzz when bands use my images – the Killing Floor are using my images here:
I am looking forward to when they return to the UK later in the year.
On 4 July a local independent record store R.P.M. celebrated Independence Day by putting on a gig in the square outside their record shop. It sis so good to support local stores so we all can have more choice not just one or two large chains that just stock whatever is popular. Some of my photographs from the gig are in the gallery . Check out R.P. M. here:
This also gave me the opportunity to photograph some more musicians for my Instamatic For The People project including members of Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle, and Cult Image. The images can be found in the gallery: Instamatic For The People
On 8 July I shot the gig by Kele at Newcastle Digital I only had first three songs from the crowd to shoot the gig and shot it with my 50mm prime lens. It made it more challenging as it was difficult to move around the audience and obviously could not zoom in or out to change the composition. Some of the images are in the gallery
This week on Monday ( 12 July 2010) I shot the Adam Green his gig at Sheffield Academy. It was my first visit to this venue – it was a good vibe there in the Academy 2. Unfortunately there was no photo pit so I shot the gig from the crowd and from the side of the stage. It is always a pleasure to shoot any of Adam’s gigs he is always entertaining and most importantly he has some outstanding tunes. I also bought his instrumental soundtrack album Musik For A Play – I need to have my turntable repaired so I can hear it. Some pictures from the gig are in my Adam Green Gallery.
Last week I had some of my work published by Glorious Noise:
Evan Dando at Newcastle Cluny here:
Peter Doherty Barnsley here:
I have just been updating my computer and had to download some new software for my Canon 5D Mkii to be compatible with Windows 7 – if you are looking for codecs and or software check http://software.canon-europe.com/products/0010678.asp
I have added images of Jesse Malin and The Killing Floor to the Instamatic For The People Gallery.
It is a thrill to have these guys participating in my project.
I have added the images from my Instamatic For The People project. This still has a long way to go before it is finished I feel for this to be a succwess I need to include as many musicians as possible.
This is just the start please see some of my images so far at the link below:
This is just the start …
Some of you may know that I have been taking instamatic images with my Fujifilm Instax camera for the past few months. I aim to document primarily local musicians in 2010 and have an exhibition towards the end of the year or in 2011. It will be interesting to reflect on our vibrant local music scene in years to come ,and all being well I plan to make this a yearly project.
I do not direct anyone for these images in the way they pose I just want to document people as they want to be represented in 2010
A big thank you to everyone that has participated so far.
I will be putting the images in the gallery very soon
So far I have over forty participants, but will be adding to this in the coming months.