As you may know Blackberry Winter will be performing in Warrensburg at UCM in Hendricks Hall on April 28, 7 pm. John Hess will once again be joining us in this show with a wonderful photographic essay. See you there!
This from John Hess;
What is a biologist/photographer
doing with a music group?
I worked with the Darwin Project that premiered in the fabulous Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts when it first opened. I was a consultant and contributing photographer, and I was asked to fill the 19×25′ screen to entertain the audience during intermission.
That was my initiation into performance imagery and it was followed in 2012 by my first collaboration with Blackberry Winter — an Educational Benefit at the Folly Theater in Kansas City, we worked together again last year, that time on the UCM campus for Earth Day.
From my perspective this is a novel art form. Like haiku it is defined by its boundaries and as an accompaniment, it moves with the pace of the performers. There is no video. Instead I use stills, both realistic and abstract, merging imagery, pans, and an occasional animation, all synchronized with the performance. The band is awesome and the imagery can add powerfully to an already strong performance.
Some of the images will be pretty, some graphic, some abstract, the transitions evocative. It is unique, probably the opportunity to experience this combination of the arts will not pass this way again. It will be a memorable evening. It will be delightful. I hope you can see it.
~ John Hess