One Hit Wonders (2002/3)

Max Splodge (Splodgenessabounds)Karel Fialka Deborah Evans-Stickland (The Flying Lizards)Pete WingfieldKeith WestFiddlers DramRalph McTellJohn OtwayTypically TropicalThe Mock TurtlesJilted JohnTracy YoungKursaal FlyersLotus EatersThe ZombiesFred WedlockAnekaBrian and MichaelClimax Blues BandEdison LighthouseSteve ElsonDr And The MedicsEddie and The Hot RodsThe AdvertsRoman HollidayDSC_0013.jpgThe Brat
A selection of images shot for a book entitled ‘One Hit Wonders’ published by New Holland in 2003. This was a great fun project to start my photo career with, involving travelling as far as Inverness in the North and Newquay in the South to catch up with individuals and band members who had all at one point had just one top 40 UK hit. There were many familiar names (or, if the names weren’t familiar, the songs were) – Ralph McTell with ‘Streets of London’, The Zombies with ‘She’s Not There’, Doctor and The Medics with ‘Spirit In The Sky’, Aneka with ‘Japanese Boy’, Brian and Michael with ‘Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats and Dogs’… the list goes on…

Technically speaking, the project was interesting in that the original brief was to shoot the whole thing on Agfa Scala, a black-and-white transparency film. However, digital SLR photography was just starting to take off and instead I managed to talk the publishers around to allowing me to shoot everything digitally and convert it to black and white, purchasing a Nikon D100 specifically for this purpose. The D100 was a fledgling dSLR, and with only 6 megapixels by today’s standards it was a pretty rudimentary bit of kit, especially for a professional. However at the time the whole concept of an affordable ‘quality’ digital camera was fairly revolutionary. Andthank goodness I did shoot it digitally rather than restricting myself to black-and white transparencies. Having recently re-edited the shots, I think a good many of them actually work better in colour. And interesting enough, many of the shots below are different selections from the ones that went in the book & that with hindsight I think are better, more interesting images.