I’ve been photographing rock bands for some 15 years now, but I always wanted to do more with video. After years of pussyfooting around, I finally got a compact HD video camera with a cockamamie plan to do video portraits of artist, musicians, and underground heroes. I basically want to combine still images from portrait shoots with short, first-person interviews with the artists. So far the results have been mixed, but I’m still experimenting.
This past weekend, I got the change to interview two members of the British punk/hardcore band the Gallows. The band’s singer, Frank Carter, is also an accomplished tattoo artist and has stated that is full-time job is tattooing, not music. That said, as the Gallows begin to blow up the metal charts, Carter might want to reconsider his career ambitions.