Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Joe and Aurora
Four decades apart ... and if you closed your eyes, you would never know it. Listening to Joe talking to Aurora about Joe Strummer and the Clash, while sitting at our dining room table last weekend was the most fascinating conversation I have eavesdropped on in a while.
Joe had the wicked good fortune to be allowed to photograph the Clash during their U.S. tour back in 1980 and 1981. His images are stellar! Good enough that he was a contributor to the recent film: The Rise and Fall of the Clash http://www.go2jo.com/music/the-clash-music/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-clash-cbgb-film-festival/
Check out his images, and you'll see how amazingly talented he is!
Aurora has been a fan of the Clash since she was about 11 or 12. She heard London Calling and that was all it took. Guns of Brixton and Should I Stay or Should I Go turned her into a die-hard fan. When we added Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros to our family's collection of music, she fell in love with Joe Strummer all the more.
Joe was in town so we could all see the Indigo Girls in Buffalo with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Between all the driving to and from Buffalo, we had a chance to relax, catch up and share stories galore. Something about consuming sushi that really brings out my social side!
On Joe's final evening with us, Joe and Aurora agreed to sit for a quick portrait sitting. Probably spent too much time fussing with lights... and then WHAM... everything clicked. I love the quality of the light, wrapping around both faces, those leather jackets, and the expressions on each face. Such intensity, humor, seriousness and just a touch of fatigue. Great fun!