GLASTONBURY on TV
a photographic study
by Valerio Berdini
About the Book
Glastonbury on TV explores different levels.
Surely, it is a music photography project. I have been photographing live shows since 1999 and I am looking for a different perspective besides the standard I get from the press pit.
From a conceptual point of view it takes the festival experience and turns it upside down. Especially Glastonbury festival, notorious for getting people wet, muddy and messy while they walk throughout the fields to get to the many stages.
This set is shot from the comfort of home, sitting on a sofa in a dry and relaxed living room. Instead of hiking on wellies, the stages are reached with a remote. Instead of changing lenses, protecting cameras or finding the right spot, it benefits from BBC professional direction. Instead of having short and restricted "three songs no flash" conditions, it covers the entire length of the concert, which is often aired multiple times a day.
A camera on a tripod, a fixed macro lens pointing at the screen and eyes wide open to catch the moment.
I like constraining my work within limits. Obstacles stimulate creativity. The limit here is the screen and its rendition in photos. The challenge is to take advantage of the hurdle. I exacerbated it using an old cathode ray tube TV. Due to the low resolution, the Red-Green-Blue pattern of the pixels inevitably becomes a perceptible part of the image. All the images are in the 4:3 ratio used on these monitors.
These photos would fail if they were a lazy representation of a concert, the set aims to stand alone as a photography's piece.
Features & Details
- Category Arts & Photography
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
- Softcover: 9781320299510
- Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781320303194
- Publish Date Jul 05, 2011
- Tags music, tv, live, glastonbury, festival, concert, rock, u2, coldplay, beyonce, show, uk, england, television, monitor, screen, pixels
Born in Rome, Italy, in 1970, Valerio Berdini has been living in the UK since 2001. Over the years his documentary work developed into a personal language that merges a traditional aesthetic, influenced by the masters of photojournalism, with an incessant attention to the evolution of the contemporary society. He has travelled since very young and the desire to meet new people, in their own culture, never stopped. Music fan and avid concert photographer, he has also built an extensive archive of several hundreds live rock bands. Valerio Berdini photographs have been exhibited, awarded and published internationally, including The Guardian, La Repubblica, Condé Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, L'Espresso, The Times and many more. He is a freelance photographer represented by REX Features.