Crediting The Artist: the Photographers Input.

I am writing this post to highlight the amazing input photographers and other artists have had on this project. Over the last seven years we have had so many images captured by a range of amazing photographers. These images help to transmit the amazing energy we have in the choir at rehearsals and also at performances. In these times of social networking, the visual seems to have more and more significance. The photos that have been taken of the Choir, however are not just random snap shots. My favourite photographers of the Choir and the people in it come from a certain perspective and their eye behind the lens are sympathetic enough to capture the beauty of what we do and understand the energy that we transmit. They are artists and so they should always be credited on any reproduction. However this is not always the case. Promoters and editors are always very clear on what they want. Recently we had such problems on the release of our CD, finding a suitable photo. The Editors and Promoters, did not want to see Mic Leads and Mic stands, wanted to see Clear faces and vivid colour. More or less they were saying they did not want a live shot. We decided to have a proper photoshoot. We decided for it to take place in a natural environment so important to practitioners of the Lucumi Faith. Since the Cd is called “Un Solo Palo, No Hace Monte; A single tree does not a forest make ….”, we decided to take some photos in a wooded area. We found, after a while of wondering about Hampstead Heath, on a marvellous and sunny day in March, an ideal spot and our Photographer Nadjib Le Fleurier took some photos of us posing. He also took more of us actually singing and playing amongst the trees. ( which resulted in a very appreciative audience). The Choir commented on how powerful it felt singing outside and the pictures Nadjib took were breathtaking. Now we have some fantastic photos that we can use if called upon by magazines or promoters.  But don’t forget the photographer who created the shot. The photographer is the artist and a good photo represents the artist’s eye. The photo should never just be seen as a way of promoting the Musical Group. It is common sense that , a rubbish photo does not do justice to a fantastic group of musicians. Taking photos of the Choir especially in action requires a quick eye, used to taking moving shots.  The photo needs to be seen as a work of Art in its own right. Let me introduce you to some of the photographers that have captured us in performance and at rest.

Nadjib Le Fleurier

Nadjib’s unusual parentage (half Indian half French) and being brought up mixed race in both Paris and London during the 60s and 70s has resulted in a particular sensibility with regards identity issues. This is manifested in his visual work, both in his representations of multicultural London and in his more graphic and abstract work, where themes of duality and opposition are apparent. His background a graphic artist and designer also contribute to a highly developed sense of composition, texture and colour.

Please have a look at Nadjib’s amazing photos and also the feature group shot on the home page is also by Nadjib.

 

Great review of Nadjib’s work

Un Solo Palo Photo Shoot, By Nadjib Le Fleurier

Un Solo Palo Photo Shoot,© Neguib Le Fleurier. All Rights ReservedLondon Lucumi Choir, Un Solo Palo © 2012 Neguib Le Fleurier. All Rights Reserved 

 

Nadjib’s love of nature is evident in his photography, whether it pays homage to the power of nature taking over urban landscapes, or the beauty of nature in all its cycles and seasons.

Too Young To Go Steady ( Homage to John Coltrane) © Neguib Le Fleurier. All Rights Reserved

Too Young To Go Steady ( Homage to John Coltrane) © Neguib Le Fleurier. All Rights Reserved

 

The devastating effects of long-term illness is a continuous process which Nadjib is integrating into his creativity; representing themes of ageing, mortality, and a sympathy and awareness of disability and the invisible are ongoing projects

Please have a look at Nadjib’s amazing photos and also the feature group shot on the home page is also by Nadjib.

Photos from the Cd Launch 2012

Great photos by Nadjib taken at St Ethelburgers Church

Great review of Nadjib’s work

Nadjib’s Artist Facebook Page

 

Reynaldo Trombetta: Is one of my favourite photographers. I met him when he was studying photojournalism at Westminster and he took some amazing photos of the Choir. It is hard to capture performance and Trombetta has a knack for capturing a moment in a moving performance so well that it transmits the energy of the total performance.

Live at the Barbican 2009 by Reynaldo Trombetta

Live at the Barbican 2009 by Reynaldo Trombetta

St Johns, By Reynaldo Trombetta

St Johns, By Reynaldo Trombetta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reynaldo Trombetta has worked as a Photo Journalist and is equally comfortable taking newsworthy photos in addition to live music shots.

 

Singing For Oshun By Reynaldo Trombetta

Singing For Oshun By Reynaldo Trombetta

At present Reynaldo Trombetta is also Director of Communications for an organisation called, Sistema England. Sistema England seeks to transform the lives of children, young people and their communities through the power of music making. Their mission is to transform the lives of children, young people and their communities through the power of music making, as part of the international El Sistema movement. Their Vision is to give every child in England the opportunity to be part of an orchestra or choir, and strive for musical excellence, developing their full potential, both as an individual and as a force for social good within their families and communities. For more information and wonderful photos of this project have a look at Sistema England. The Feature Photo is by Reynaldo and was taken at St John’s Church in 2009

Percussionists By Reynaldo Trombetta

Percussionists By Reynaldo Trombetta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mish Aminoff:

Mish is a member of the Choir but she goes nowhere without her camera and takes amazing portraits. My favourite album of hers is the Album “Choir People”. She has taken so many marvellous pictures of the people in the Choir over the Years. They capture the moment, the personality of the Individual and the energy of the Choir.  Her photos also act as a diary reminding us of our journey, not just the performances but rehearsals and social activities also.

Javier Campos Martinez in Rehearsal, by Mish Aminoff

Javier Campos Martinez in Rehearsal, by Mish Aminoff

 

Union Chapel By Mish Aminoff

Union Chapel By Mish Aminoff

Madeline at a Recording Session. By Mish Aminoff

Madeline at a Recording Session. By Mish Aminoff

For more Choir Portraits: MISH AMINOFF’S CHOIR PEOPLE

For Mish’s other work       Mish Aminoff’s Website

 

 Gabriela Salgado

Gabriela is a Cuban born photographer based in the UK. She has taken some amazing shots of the Choir and her ethos is to be as simple and unpretentious as possible. Have a look at the Photos she has taken live at the Southbank 2013 below in addition to other photos and videos.

Yemaya and the Choir By Gabriela Salgado

 

 

http://www.nakedstudioslondon.com/#!london-lucumi-choir/ckhe

 

Last But not least, We had a fabulous artist come and take some photos of our last gig. For me, the energy that was captured was really special. The dance in particular was captured and the energy of the different Orisha came through in each portrait. Have a look:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.633276633422012.1073741842.486265064789837&type=1

Here is more information:              Charlie photography

 

by Charlie Photography http://www.Sur1Clic.com

 

 

 

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