Skip to main content

Jimmy Dludlu: Shot from the past

Jimmy Dludluil watermarkedr

In 2002 or 2003 I was asked by publisher and then-editor of  Stage Magazine, Gustav Andor, to go and shoot jazz guitarist at the filming of "Backstage", a popular soapie at the time. He was to perform live, in a cameo appearance, and Stage wanted some pics to go with a short news snippet. I don't recall ever getting paid, or even handing the pics over for some reason, as Stage was a strange set-up at best.

I did get a great opportunity to sit in while Jimmy was warming up and played a bit with his guitar and even jammed very briefly.

Once the filming began I was ushered onto the soundstage/studio floor and wait for recording to begin. I noticed how dimly everything was lit, from a transparency/slide point of view, especially. I had only packed Kodak VC100 35mm for my Canon, as this was a bit of a rush commission.

In the end I had to hand-hold 1/10th second exposures at f3.5 or something. The result was images that was high in contrast of the transparency film, and full of energy, due to the slight blur of movement.

Only very recently did I come across these images as I was sourcing more images for my Wax Lyrical project that will be going live on my site soon. It's a shame that gems like that stays hidden for years, but then again, it makes the rediscovery so much more fun.

Untitled-5ilr watermarked


Popular posts from this blog

Dangerous Photography Jobs is taken from the above article, with permission:Photography can be a case of life or death. It may sound absurd, but professional photographers often go to great lengths and compromise their safety in order to get the perfect picture. Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph Mount Everest or a mission to cover the Iraq war, many photographers risk their lives just to do their job. Here are 10 dangerous photography jobs: Extreme Weather Photography
Extreme weather photographers aren’t storm chasers, but they do have an eye for photographing hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms and other severe weather in their most vulnerable state. As you can imagine, this job is nothing short of extreme. Extreme weather photographers have to get close to the storm when everyone else is running from it, which puts them at risk for injuries and often death. BASE Jumping & Skydiving Photography

Bronx Shoes Billboard Shoot

If you're passing Gugulethu Taxi Rank's way, or JHB Taxi Rank, you will notice a 6x9m billboard with a Bronx ad on it. Above is the Gugs one  and the Jozi one.Now, if you've wondered what goes into shooting something like this, well here goes.Client: Bronx ShoesAgency: Traffic Integrated Marketing - Danie Nel Photography - and Design: Bianca at Traffic Integrated MarketingModel: Bobby Roache - Base Models - www.basemodelagency.comThe concept was of a guy sitting perched somewhere, so one can see a Afro-entric urban landscape in the background, dramatically lit. The product shots of shoes (I shot those later in studio) would then be dropped onto the image along with copy, logo's and catchline. Also, a JHB skyline, shot by another photographer, would be dropped into one of the shots for the JHB billboard.SO:First you quote and get approval and get that out of the way. Then you go for a recce mission to get a …

Wedding: A&D, Solms-Delta

It’s a real big kick for me if I get to shoot one of my commercial clients’ weddings, every time such an opportunity comes up. It has happened a number of times now, which I’m grateful for. Not only does it allow you into a very special and personal part of a client’s life, but also allows you to reward their loyalty and trust in you.

In this case, the client and I have been doing work together for 8 years, shooting PR and ad campaigns, and having a good relationship always. However, as much as I need to impress him, it is of no use if his bride-to-be does not approve. I’m very grateful that she did, and what an easy subject she turned out to be to boot!

Horses make up a big part of her life, so it was decided that she would enter the ceremony on a horse, so prior to the ceremony starting, I had a short while to familiarise myself with equestrian photography! As it was not her own horse either, she just needed a couple of minutes to whisper to it or whatever it is that horse-people d…