One Thing Leads To Another

One Thing Leads To Another
January 10, 2017 admin

A Mutual Friend…

About a year ago I met and took photographs of Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff.  They were playing a gig at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, and I rather brazenly asked my friend, the author Charlie Connelly, if he could introduce me to them so that I could photograph them.  It was a punt and I was really delighted when I got an email from Miles agreeing to this.

Of course I loved the music of The Wonder Stuff but it was the photograph I was interested in getting.  I knew that The Apex offered a space that would really suit the shoot; a goods lift that resembles a padded cell.  This isn’t a reflection on Miles and Erica’s personalities but still, I thought it could be fun.  And it was.  Both were very game, and I got some nice pictures from it.  Erica is very beautiful anyway, but both were playful and generous with their time, when it really would have been easier for them to hole up in their dressing room with a bottle of wine.  The evening only got better when I watched them perform. It was a really great gig, and no they didn’t do ‘Size of a Cow’, but that didn’t matter one bit.  If you have the time then it’s really worth having a good listen to some of the less well known Wonder Stuff …stuff… and both Miles and Erica’s solo music.  Hidden gems are the best. Oh, and go and see them live if you can. You won’t regret it.

Fast forward to a year later, and Mark Thwaite, aka MGT, guitarist of choice to many musicians, including PJ Harvey, The Mission, Gary Numan and on and on and on, releases an album and uses my photograph of Miles, taken off the back of a random request, on the album artwork.  I couldn’t be happier.  It’s something when your work is used this way, but even better when the album – Volumes –  in question is really, really good.  Miles and Erica collaborated and you can see the result below.

Thank you Miles, thank you Erica and thank you MGT.  Oh and thank you Charlie!