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the question is, what do you think makes a good band photo?
photos that are made to look as cheesey and low budget as possible. And as though the band members are the dullest people on Earth.
Like this one:
Just because the differences between that photo and what they actually sound like are so massively vast.
more like these please.
it's taken by david horvitz, therefore it counts as 'official':
Seriously, I don't know. The rubbish ones are usually of bad metalcore/hardcore bands. i.e. standing around looking moody in black band t-shirts on building sites/ruined churches etc. BORING.
Holy Molar are good though:
I dunno, I guess I just like people sitting around looking vaguely gormless.
but i don't like...
Yep, totally those kind.
The Microphone's current Last.fm picture being an example: http://tinyurl.com/69waql
And this Adrian Orange one.
I'd love to have been there that day.
It looks so beautiful.
i think the main aspect that makes the coldplay one/and the oasis pic posted further down so toe curlingly awful is the serious or intense image they are trying to put across.
its the pictorial equivalent of saying "our music,serious business yo"
If they were the other way round, you'd be saying the Violent Femmes were hilarious for making such an intentionally over-serious photo (because when you write cool music then every cliché you do becomes knowingly ironic), and you'd be slating Coldplay for making an ill-advised attempt to be wacky.
I actually prefer the Coldplay one anyway...
i'm not daft about the VF pic either
but i think it can be as simple as smiling in a pic, and for the record i'm not endorsing "wacky" pictures either as 9/10 the bands come across as tools
who peddle Yr 6 rhymes and simple chord progressions make a photo that wants to convince you they're intense, brooding, possibly heaven-sent - well that just jars immediately.
although i didn't say that they were good and bad objectively - i just wanted people's favourite band pics because i find them quite interesting. if the Violent Femmes did a serious photo then i imagine i'd like it because i'd be able to relate it to music i enjoyed.
is simply "if it features a band I think are good"..?
But then, I'd be forced to think that this was amazing:
Which I don't...
it means you "get" a band photo because you enjoy the music.
I didn't want to enter into a debate over band photos - "gimme the LOLZ" should've been the title.
I don't like this
I think I'm just in love with Kevin Barnes, though
I'm not a big Roses fan these days, but I really think you'd struggle to beat photos like
but just because something's of a band you like doesn't make it good either.
Couple of Pics I like
Lucy & The Catepillar:
I saw them one Hallowe'en years and years ago playing the Boat Club in Nottingham, and they were covered in (real!) blood for the occasion... I bet there are some good photos of that!
Sadly all google seems to find me is: http://www.theratandmouse.co.uk/weblog/archives/images/Oct13hooligan.jpg though...
They're not afriad to step away from the standard poses, band against wall etc. To make a good promo shot you really need a band that aren't afraid to experiment and a photographer that is creative.
that people wouldn't have seen before in a band photo will make a band photo good.
it's not in focus and it really needs to be. Good Idea though ... just not executed well.
ciara take that?
looks like it was ages ago!
they could've at least put the hot one in the middle.
she does have those sexy 'come-to-bed' eyes.