This was my first outing to purposefully add to my portfolio. My friend Alison was happy to oblige.
After entering the room, I immediately dreaded the shots I’d come away with. The stage was so dimly lit, it was lucky I got a shot at all. I tried, despite the intrusion factor, to use flashes. A couple of them came of really well, but I think if I have to shoot here again, I’ll use a much faster lens, talk to the lighting desk to see if they’ve got any more juice, or even go early and rig something of my own.
Alison will be playing at the Adelaide Feast Festival in November.
When asked if I’d be interested in making a music video for Barossa Valley blues singer, Kelly Menhennett, I said what I always say, that I’d have a listen and think about it. In three minutes I was back on the phone.
I love this song and it reminded me straight away of the feeling of being in Austin at night. The uncrisp sounds, the texture of the light, and the sight of buskers everywhere. Luckily for me, the singer related straight away; she had recorded the album in Nashville.
Although the song is about desire, we steered that meaning to focus on music and featured our home-town of Adelaide in all the weird ways we love it.
When I heard my friend’s music for the first time, my first thought was, wow, she can sing. My second thought was this song is beautiful. I need to make a music video for it. And after listening to the song 20 more times, I talked to her about it and we did make that video.
I had so many ideas for this one, and as often happens, realised the song meant different things to different people. We ended up with a super simple idea which really melted down the essence of what the song was about:
By projector light, duo Autumn’s Passage come to accept that memories are meant to be treasured, not missed.
We shot the clip at double-speed to slow down the end result.