I've always loved the idea of crowdfunding: people uniting through a joint interest to support a cause they believe in. So when classical guitarist Joseph Rock got in touch with me in late March with a view to us shooting his crowdfunded album's artwork together, I was thrilled to have been asked to be a part of his project.
He started his Kickstarter campaign as part of his final project at university, the aim of which was to record and produce an album of classical guitar pieces, written by his favourite composer Augustin Barrios. The campaign was a success, going over and above its funding target, and last month I was ridiculously excited to receive a copy of his finished CD in the post.
We met up at the beginning of April and spent the day trekking throughout the forest in the beautiful Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. Despite the falling rain that gradually got harder and harder to ignore throughout the shoot, we carried on shooting until we got everything we needed and finished the shoot next to an amazing pile of cut down tree trunks (something I have wanted to include in a portrait shoot for years!)
Joseph, thank you for putting up with all of my ideas and the awful weather that day! It really has been a huge honour to be a part of your project and I can't wait to see what you do next.
And finally.. here are a few photos of the finished album!
To find out more about Joseph and his work, why not take a peek at his Kickstarter page and website:
Kickstarter: Recording the music of classical guitarist Augustin Barrios