Ship In The Sand

music, fandom and photography

The Felice Brothers

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image © 2010 Aline Giordano

text © 2011 Aline Giordano

Michele Romero, photo editor at Entertainment Weekly, complained that ‘it’s harder to find that amazing shot’ (Lee 2007), given the many restrictions now imposed by artists’ publicists, which reduce the time allowed for photographers to shoot to seconds rather than minutes. In addition photographers may now need to sign a contract stipulating, for example, that any photo taken can be published only once, or that the artist’s company reserves the right to edit the photograph before it is published. As professional photographer Steve Gullick had already figured in 2000, ‘the music industry seems very corporate, rock and roll doesn’t exist anymore’ (Brown 2000). I would like to focus on the concept of what it is that my fanzine photographs try to achieve. I do not try to find that ‘amazing shot’, instead, I am more interested in the ‘fringes’ and in catching what the French would call, ‘le moment insolite’: the unexpected, the strange, and the inhabitual. The Felice Brothers are renowned for their hyperactive, boisterous and whisky-fired concerts. This photograph represents that rare moment during the band’s highly energetic set at the End Of The Road festival where James Felice took a spontaneous break to rest his head on his accordion.


Brown, S., 2000. Gigmeister. British Journal of Photography, 7265, 01.03.2000, 20-21.

Lee, F. R., 2007. Capturing the moment with fewer minutes. The New York Times, [online] 19 November. Available at: http://www.[Accessed 20th February 2011].

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