Had an extremely productive Sunday for a change - finally managed to sort out that mountain of paperwork I've been moaning about for months! Kind of had to be done, really, as I'm moving flat soon and wasn't prepared to take that burden with me to the new place... Anyways, I thought I'd do a bit of a flashback post this time around and write about a project I was involved in earlier on this year, before I started this blog. I mentioned Jill Jackson a couple of times here (for those unfamiliar with Jill, she's the hot ex-frontwoman for Speedway), I've photographed her on numerous occasions over the past few years and I always enjoy working with her and her team but there was something particularly special about the "Getaway Driver" album project.
We started with a small promo shoot in January. It took place in an abandoned warehouse situated above a fishmongers so not only it was freezing cold but it stank of fish as well. We had a 90s R&B playlist to keep us going however and Jill soldiered on:
Later that month I went into the recording studio with Jill and her band (Lisa Tring, Fraser John Lindsay, Lorna Thomas and Johnny MacKinnon) to document the process of making the album. I love music as much as I love photography so I'm like a kid in a candy store whenever I get a chance to be involved in such ventures. Norman Blake (of Teenage Fanclub fame) can also be seen in a few shots here:
When all that was done it was time to shoot the album and single cover. We used a vintage Mercedes sitting in an Arnold Clark warehouse in Glasgow (previously on display at the Transport Museum apparently). Apart from it being ridiculously cold (recurring theme it seems) the shoot itself was pretty uncomplicated - all natural/available light, a reflector and one very cool lady:
The cover artwork was designed by The Print Box in Glasgow and the album was eventually released in May. It's probably one of my favourite records of 2012 - I may be biased, I admit, but I'll stick by it! In fact, my friends and I loved one of the tracks so much we decided to shoot our own music video to it. Heavily influenced by ABBA and late 70s kitsch in general, it involved a lot of wigs, cut out disco balls, sequined accessories, dancing and, inevitably, fizzy! The fact that MTV Video Music Awards ignored it in this year's selection is beyond me: Drag On The Line
Right, is this a long post or what? I think the subject matter was worthy though! Next time I promise something brand spanking new. Cheerio till then! PS. For my other work with Jill Jackson feel free to have a look in this gallery.