SOLO ALBUM & POLAROID ART SHOW
Back in summer 2015 Impossible Project handed me a Polaroid SX-70 and some of their film. We were in Barcelona, Spain throwing a massive electronic music party with our music collective Crew Love. At the time it seemed odd, almost like a gimmick. Why would the world want more amateur photography? Especially in this moment where accessibility to cameras has led us down the rabbit hole of selfies, flying drone go-pros, Instagram museams. All this and on and on feels like its homogenized an incredible art form, transforming it into the mundane. My background in photography has been amature at best, with only some rudimentary study in high school back in the 90's, then college and a few summers developing film at a camera store called Motophoto. But that job didn't feel so artistic; mainly I learned to turn disposable cameras into tasers and hook up my graffiti friends with free film developing and prints so they wouldn't get in trouble for vandalism.
So back to Spain, my friends persisted and i apathetically agreed to give it a go. Thats when it happened; I took one shot and i was hooked! Suddenly I had a place I could escape to, a role that was unique to almost any other during my tours and travels. These weren't camera phones, this wasn't event photography whirring and clicking and flashing away like some sort of cheap glamour shoot, this was FILM and polaroid film at that! That moment would begin an ongoing project (or really an experiment) capturing as much i could of the world as i saw it focusing on the life of an internationally touring DJ. Most of these photos were taken at events, many connected thematically to my DJ duo along with Eli Goldstein called Soul Clap and the collective we been working alongside called Crew Love. These are mostly portraits taken by me using a Polaroid SX-70 and also a Polaroid 600 but always Impossible Project film. These images are thematically connected to the creative direction of my debut solo album titled 'Charles & Tribulations' under my alias Lonely C. As a token of my appreciation for your visit today, I'd love to give away one of the songs from this album called 'Folks Be Lying ft Sa'D 'The Hourchild' Ali. Sa'D was a dear friend who tragically passed away in 2018 but who would REALLY love you hearing this music. This project is still ongoing… This is the result: