Wow! It’s been a really long time since my last blog post. I’d use the excuse that it’s because I’ve been busy, but I think there’s been at least one day over the last 16 months that I could have sat down and wrote out a few post on here. Over the next few weeks I plan on catching up a bit with my blog post. Moving forward I’ll try my hardest to stay on top of it. Please keep checking back to see what I’m up to!
I have created several images since my last post on here so I guess I’ll start with talking about some images I shot back in June of the musician Ben Todd, A.K.A. Lonesome Shack. Ben’s an acquaintance of mine. He’s a super nice guy, and an amazing musician. As I mentioned above, Ben’s also known as Lonesome Shack. Under that name Ben started playing open-mics and small shows by himself around Seattle 8-9 years ago and that’s when I first saw him plat at Cafe Racer. I remember all of my friends and I being taken back by his sound and stage presence. You should just check him out, but I guess I’d describe his sound as eerily raw. Pure blues at it’s finest. I’ve always had a strong love for the blues, so upon first hearing Lonesome Shack I was mesmerized and have been ever since.
Since those early days at Cafe Racer, Ben has started playing with two other talented musicians he met at the cafe. Kristian Garrard on drums and Luke Bergman on bass. The addition of drums and bass to Lonesome Shack has only made the sound more powerful. I recently watched them play at their album release party at Tractor Tavern. It was an amazing show. The band and the crowd really got into it and it was by far the best show I’ve seen in a while. I know, back to the photos!!!
A few weeks before Lonesome Shack’s show at the Tractor Tavern, I was riding my bike around Greenlake and I ran into Ben walking his dog Levi. Ben and I caught up a bit and I found out that Ben’s wife had recently moved to London for a job opportunity. Ben informed me that after the band released their new album, Lonesome Shack would tour for a few months and then he’d be heading to London for two-years to join his wife. Ben and I have tried a few times unsuccessfully in the past to schedule something. So this time we made a real effort to meet at my studio for a few hours and I’m so happy with the results! They came out exactly how I had imaged them and I honestly couldn’t be happier! Ben was very happy too and I’m thankful that I was able to run into him that day on Greenlake. Reminder to self; if you’ve been inside working all day and it’s nice outside, go for a bike ride because good things might happen. If you have a moment, check out Lonesome Shack’s new record here, http://lonesomeshack.com/. Below are a few more images of Ben that didn’t make it onto my site, including one of Ben and his dog, Levi. If you’ve read this far thanks for doing so. I’ll be posting more soon. As always, enjoy!