Photography: Andrew Murray 'Night Fall' Studio Sessions
It’s hard to say how long I have known of Andrew Murray as a friend but he has been a constant in my circle from at the very least my first radio shows and promotions. He has always been at my minds fore over anything whenever I think of photography or photographers within the Oxford area code and certainly deserved of far greater recognition.
When looking at the level of skill and experience in our chosen field and the things in life that have kept us from doing great things we are to each other pretty much mirror images. In a way he helps me to gauge whether I still want to be involved in the music industry simply through his reaction to things I might ask of him, his answers always put me in his shoes and I can instantly regret talking to him like the business man I have become or on the other hand still wish he’d take the same risks in life decisions as he does with his photography which I’m sure he also does for me.
Through a picture of Blak Twang maybe as far back as 2005 which he may well regard as maybe not one of his best he made me realise how important it is to capture memories or freeze frame a mood or moment. That ability to take a picture to transport me to a particular moment and really feel the vibe is something he does very effectively. I can't exaggerate the fact that he was present with a camera when I met DJ Cash Money and when I opened for Louis Logic and Akil and produced images I'm proud to be in but his work on the cuts riots in London and the Varsity Boxing documentation always make me a little upset his CV doesn’t read the same as mine with photgraphic evidence as now my old man stories are the only evidence I can present to my kids.
The majority of times that an artist walks into a studio with a photographer there will be a jargon filled dialogue about catching the mood and the light... blah, f**kin' blah just take the f**kin' pictures, with Andrew Murray you may albeit very rarely have to endure the long chat but guaranteed he is there to back it up with professional results or be unhappy at himself and not the brief or conditions.
So as I once again look over this set of pictures I am unable to be critical in any way and smile to myself a little as I know a few of them are already special to me and will be the same to my family and to anyone else who really knows me, I always hear stories of photographers working with "a subject" for time and after a time "the subject" opens up and the photographer gets "the money shot" well I can honestly look at myself in these pics and say that this photographer really knows this subject quite well.
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