A collection of moving portraits. Two-minute video in black and white with no sound. The musicians are able to do whatever they want for the full video recording.
Musician Portrait Project gallery exhibitions are dozens of moving portraits that are displayed onto individual video screens with the artist's names. Each video screen is on a loop and renders moving portraits of musicians. There are musicians from all over the world and all genres. ex: Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Orchestra conductors, music producers, and songwriters.
I came up with the idea after getting many shoots that were timed for only 5-10 minutes, sometimes even less. I wanted to create something a little different than just the same quick still photographs. The idea was in my mind for months. The project began in the middle of the night (2010) when I woke up and I set up and filmed myself for 5 minutes. It seemed like a long time so I cut it back to 2 minutes. The whole process only takes five minutes. Two minutes to set up and two minutes to film and 1 minute to break down. I've done thousands of shoots with musicians and understand not to take up too much of their time for most of them are always on the go. Many of them have been done while the artist are on tour in green rooms, tour buses or somewhere in or around performance venues. There also have been many done at Record Label offices, recording studios, hotel rooms, and the artist homes. In the 10 years of creating MPP, there are already over 340 that have been created.
New artists are consistently being added.
*Kimbra - He captures unrehearsed, raw video of artists without audio, left without influence to project whatever they wish to project. When Derek came by I told him I was just watching Black Mirror on Netflix drinking a beer & doing my makeup prep for a show. He said, 'perfect, as you were then ...I laughed, he shut the door & left the room. Best photoshoot ever! I didn't understand the concept at first, but more & more I'm also realizing humans are quite peculiar and fascinating enough without doing anything special.