Monday, April 14, 2008

Amsterdam Arm In Arm

Well I'm rather chuffed with myself, tonight!

I've just received three copies of Amsterdam's Arm In Arm from Al Hale @ Crusin' Music Managment.
Thanks Al!

And I'm chuffed because the photographs that were used for AMSTERDAM's brand new album, were taken by me back in Oct '06 on Asbury Park's boardwalk in New Jersey.

It wasn't even an official photo session. I was just in the right place at the right time trying to capture Mr Ian Prowse, (a Bruce Springsteen fanatic) when he wasn't acting the maggot, on the rather barren boardwalk during an overcast, miserable day.

It wasn't the most fun I've ever had on a Saturday afternoon but it certainly turned out to be something special.

The 2nd photo (from the back of the album) is actually made up of two photo's that I pieced together.

Ian isn't even in the original shot of the feather. I added him from another photo that I took. Which I blurred and flopped so it looks like he's walking towards the ocean in a rather melancholy way, which actually suits him.

Original Ian Shot:

Original feather shot (which was just there and not planted by me):

Orignal feather shot, adjusted for contrast:

Merged photo's:

And hey presto! The album shot (you can see that Ian's been moved slightly to the left to allow for track titles):

It turned out OK, methinks but it's great to have the final product here in my hands after so long.

And hey, the music's not too bad either so pick up a copy if ya can! :)

xxx Shivers


Ava said...

How do you 'act like a maggot'?? I knew someone whose nickname was maggot!! But they were HORRIBLE!

These are really great pictures Shiv. Big kudo's for a great job..If it was an official shoot, you probably wouldn't have gotten the simplicity that works! Bravo!

Shivers said...

Thanks luv! You're my hero... you know that?

xx Shivers

BlackBob said...

Nice merge of those photos, looks great on the CD back cover! Trev

Jen said...

Go Siobhan!! That's so exciting! Excellent job:)

Lovelace said...

Gives new meaning to the phrase: "light as a feather / stiff as a board(walk)".

Bask in the chuff!

sdestefano said...

Please, Darling, you'll chuff yourself out.
Let ME chuff you, at least, this way you can conserve your energy!

You're a killer photographer, you know....

Ava said...

Chuff yourself out??? Thats the funniest thing i've heard in the last hour!!! (WE were funny on CHAT earlier, weren't we??)

awww. you chuff Chuff off!!
hugs. xx A