Drummer drumming

October 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I had a chance to design and photograph a shot for a good friend of mine who is a very successful drummer.  He wanted an image that was music related for his living room.  We bounced a few ideas around from shooting a band live to shooting a rehearsal of a smaller jazz band when I realized that it would cooler to do something that was directly related to him personally.  And I did not want to do the standard music magazine shot but rather something that conveyed the speed, energy and fast pace of the drummer in action.  So I decided to do a hommage to Gjon Mili's famous series of photographs of Gene Krupa in Time Life 1941.

But in order to make it work better in this living room I turned things around a bit.  We shot the whole thing in his garage after securing a tripod mount in the rafters.  Took about 3 days to set up, test, and then then clean up the image.  Here is the result:

 

For good measure, here is a quick n dirty iPhone shot of the set up:


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