We’ve always said live music is amazing, for so so many reasons. Music and portrait photographer Tom Oldham has done a cool thing to show us why.
Oldham is raising money for War Child International, an organisation made up of a number of family humanitarian groups dedicated to helping children affected by armed conflict.
Simultaneously, Oldham has given us a rare insight into the effects of live music, by photographing a number of leading bands and artists before and after their respective live performances. The photos explore the ‘calm before the storm’, the exasperation, the adrenalin and the vigour that live music can bring. The comparisons are amusing and rather touching.
These images featuring artists like Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Elbow, Prodigy, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, Ed Sheeran, M.I.A., Rudimental, Primal Scream and more have been photographed across venues in the UK and have the potential to make a significant difference to people in need.
Curated by Ed Bartlett at The Future Tense, the 72-page photo book can be purchased through a pledge music campaign to support children in countries of the likes of Iraq, Syria and Gaza.
It has taken a mighty 6 years to pull off, but the reward could be huge. Here’s what Oldham has to say about it:
You can pledge for prints and books, even a jpeg – if you’d care to contribute to the wonderful work of War Child and get some of my work as a tasty payback then I would just love you all the more. If it’s not for you, then please share it – you know someone somewhere who loves at least one of the artists featured. Thank you – it genuinely means a huge amount to me, War Child, the artists, and the victims of war around the world. Please read more about where your contribution will go by clicking here.
There’s no denying that live music does good for all.
Take a look at the project here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/warchild