Traditional photographic printing processes such as cyanotypes, daguerreotypes, tintypes and other wet plate methods have always interested me. It's partly due to the history behind the methods but also the look and feel of the finished artwork, and of course the art, craft and effort that goes into each masterpiece. Each image is a unique one-off.
About five years ago the people behind the highly entertaining Channel 4 TV series - The Black Cab Sessions, made an offshoot tv show which travelled to the USA to visit several cities that have had a significant impact on modern music. The producers shipped out a London black cab and crew, and drove around the country visiting these cities, picking up notable musical talent along the way for interviews and sessions in the back of the cab. It was a novel idea and made for good informative entertainment.
I don't normally publish colour images of my photos; I'm a black & white photographer predominantly. But I made an exception when Janet Aspley contacted me for a colour version of a photograph of Danny Wilson from Danny & the Champions of the World.
Janet is a bespoke shirtmaker and her company is called Dandy & Rose. Danny was sporting his new Dandy & Rose shirt at his Louisiana gig in Bristol last week when I took this photograph.
Dandy & Rose make beautiful, western style shirts in bold prints. Janet's shirts are worn by many musicians including other members of the Champions, but they are available to all. She has many customers in one of my favourite places: Nashville - Music City. Take a look at the Dandy & Rose web site here. www.dandyandrose.com
One of Janet's missions is to rid the world of check shirts, and since she told me that I can't stop spotting check shirts everywhere, including in my wardrobe.
I'll be organising a fitting very soon.
Incidentally, I think black and white photographs of bold prints are also quite striking. But obviously if one wants to promote a shirt print, colour is the way forward.