That rare creative bird, Jonathan Wilson, and I met for the second time amid the paint-peeling, sublimely decrepit Victorian railway arches of Omeara London. I’d come to photograph Jonathan and his gear for a Guitar Magazine feature, but this prolific tourer travels light and I found myself with only a beaten up Strat (a partscaster he built with his dad), a battered & bruised 1947 Gibson acoustic and a Jackson Brown Gibson that I believe he said functioned as the communal band guitar. Is touring with only one electric guitar risky? I asked. What if it dies? “Then I play the piano!”
In late January I flew out of a torrential rainstorm in Los Angeles (a year’s worth of rain fell in one weekend) to the bitter chill of New York City. This was not a trip for taking in the weather! I was picked up at the airport and driven through the flat farmland of Amish country to the town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. I’d come to shoot a special edition publication called The Martin Bible – a comprehensive guide to Martin Guitars and their history – and was especially excited as I love a factory tour. The Martin Factory We started the day with a private tour of the Martin Factory at Sycamore Street, a huge facility with a red brick facade that recreates the original historic factory. We met the craftsmen and women who took us through some of the 300 stages it takes to build a Martin guitar. The factory is bright and airy with the expected, homely smell of freshly worked wood. I always enjoy seeing the personal areas of the workshop; the photos and nick-nacks, the worn-in tool handles, the wood shavings and glossy splodges of dried glue and varnish on the workbenches. The…
I love to be behind the scenes in the recording studio. In fact, I’m at my most zen when wearing ear defenders! This day was spent hanging out with Joe Kelly & The Royal Pharmacy (who my man is currently playing guitar with) as they recorded lots of twangy Americana behind the huge iconic glass doors at Monnow Valley Studio with producer Huw Price. It’s a quirky place with a homely vibe, a cosy fairy-light cocoon for your creativity. Joe is a prolific songwriter who seems to come up with five new songs every time he sits down, they just fall out of him! Is your band recording at Monnow Valley Studio or nearby Rockfield? Get in touch and let’s capture some vibe-y shots for your record sleeve!
Hello! I’m Eleanor Jane – a UK based music and travel photographer shooting creative portraiture for touring bands, live rock & roll, behind-the-scenes concert photography and epic road trip adventures. Welcome to my newly redesigned website and blog! It’s taken a little longer to get here than expected but I’m super happy to finally be able to share all my new music & travel photography, my published work and catch up on some belated blogging. A few of the retina images are a little bit glitchy at the moment but that should hopefully smooth out soon. In the meantime, enjoy the site, let me know if anything goes on the wonk and get in touch if you’d like to discuss your creative or commercial photography projects!
If you’re looking for photography tips & inspiration in the news stands this month you might see my face peering back at you. I’ve been interviewed in the latest issue of Digital Photographer magazine about becoming a professional freelance photographer. Confusingly I’ve sort of been referred to as “Jane” throughout the feature but it’s definitely me! My images are the New York landscape and the wedding detail shot (the legs of Gemma & James!) and the other two belong to Surrey based family photographer Vicki Knights who also shares her freelance experiences. I hope someone finds it a little bit helpful in their journey… let me know what you think if you pick up a copy.