It’s been two years to the day since the release of The Burley Griffin’s eponymous album which, I am happy to say, featured photography by me of my father and nephew (also lead singer, Evan Buckley’s nephew). Although I am incredibly thankful to have some of my photography out and about in the world in this way I did nothing at the time to mark this occasion apart from attending and dancing at the album’s launch, which was, in itself, pretty fantastic. So here then, in gratitude and to mark the anniversary of what, I think, is a wonderful album, are the photos I took of my dad and my nephew.
It was quite an involved but thoroughly enjoyable process to work with Evan to get the feeling of these photos exactly right. We looked over literally hundreds of images and went through dozens upon dozens of edits to get it just right. In the end it wasn’t quite what he initially expected (he imagined getting the right image from an older nephew, but in the end his youngest captured the feeling he wanted in this album), but it was just what he wanted. We contrasted gritty and pure, weathered and fresh, sharpness and softness and darkness and light in order to create a package that reflected on all these things which are also contained in The Burley Griffin’s songs.
Photo by The Burley Griffin
The album is still able to be purchased through Bandcamp and Evan still actively performs as a solo act and occasionally under the auspices of The Burley Griffin as well.
In Young, where I live, there is this super little cafe which has a long reach and a sharp ear. Art of Espresso not only makes THE best coffee I’ve ever tasted, but also has it’s ear to the ground when it comes to independent music in Australia. Every country town needs a cafe/venue like this! Adrian manages to find and bring all sorts of sensational singer-songwriters to this small town which is just embracing each act with gusto! Mia Dyson and Young hit. it. off. In fact, though I’m late posting, Mia herself has recently been ‘discovered’ by Pink in California and I hope that she is receiving some well-deserved publicity, so maybe this timing is good? She is just magic. After her show myself and the guys from The Burley Griffin (my hubby’s band) have been listening to her music almost non-stop. If you haven’t seen her or heard of her, go and find out what you’ve been missing!
The Burley Griffin are the best band in the world. Okay. I may be a little biased, but it’s true they are damn good. Their latest project, a new EP, actually their first as a fully formed band, proves just this. I’ve had the inside angle to a lot of their pre-production seeing as it’s all the dear husband can think about, talk about and play out (quite loudly) when he’s not ‘working’ and I can tell you with certainty that this album will be AMAZE-BALLS.
Seeing as you can’t hear it yet, just feast your eyes on these studio portraits for now (oh, what a privilege to have been there while they were doing this!).