Hello everyone, how the devil are you?
I’m mightily excited to tell you that the lovely folk at EFDSS (the English Folk Dance and Song Society) have asked me to put together an exhibition of my work to be displayed at Cecil Sharp House from January 16th next year. This will feature a selection of my existing promotional work on the folk scene and a brand new series of commissioned pieces which will be based around our collective vision of what “folk” is, stereotypes and all.
Now, here’s the thing: I NEED YOUR HELP!
I mentioned that these new pieces will be depicting ‘our collective vision of “folk”‘, which means I need to do a spot of research, which is where you super people come in! Here’s a little photo poster share-able image thing:
Funky glasses, no? As the image suggests, I’d love to know what you think of when someone talks about “folk”. Visually speaking, what images come to mind? Does your mind instantly hop to the classic stereotypes or do you see more into the community element? I want to hear as many ideas as possible.
As well as what instantly comes to mind, I’d also hugely appreciate your thoughts on the following:
– Regular features on folk album covers / promo photos?
– What you would NEVER see on a folk album cover?
– What would you LIKE to see on a folk album cover? (This can be as wild as you fancy!)
You can either comment with your ideas on this blog or head on over to the Facebook post here.
Here’s my little artist’s statement:
“FOLKTOGRAPHY: A decon/reconstruction
You should know from the start that I adore this scene in which we move and play. I love the characters that inhabit it, the vast array of traditions that root it and the mavericks who run off and take it in new directions. As someone who is unabashedly fascinated by the human relationship with aesthetics, the folk scene provides a veritable treasure chest of inspiration. However, we’ve not always been the most visually aware bunch…
“Folktography” looks at the visual stereotypes most associated with the music we love and, with the interactive help of social media, I’ll be creating a series of images that that first depict these stereotypes and then seek to visually explore what lies beyond them – from Crocs and corduroy right the way through to the wildly unexpected.”
And here’s what the nice folk at EFDSS are saying:
“Folktography is a new exhibition by photographer and musician Elly Lucas. Commissioned by EFDSS, Lucas will present a series of self-portraits playing with the stereotypes associated with the visual side to English folk music. Sourced from a social media campaign, the ephemera depicted will explore both the predictable – from Crocs and corduroy – right the way through to the wildly unexpected, with Lucas’ tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Sheffield based Elly Lucas is part of a duo with musician David Gibb, but is also fast becoming the ‘go-to’ photographer for A-list folk musicians. She is deeply rooted in the history, music and aesthetics of folk culture.
The private view coincides with Elly Lucas and David Gibb’s performance at Cecil Sharp House, Thursday 16 January 2014.
The exhibition runs 16 January – April 2014.”
If you know anyone who might be vaguely interested in contributing an idea or two, please share this blog with them! I’d really very much love to get a mix of ideas from right the way across the board.
Thanks so much for your time,