I mentioned earlier that our buddies in The Fray are opening for U2 this Saturday and I’ve decided to post a few (previously unseen) images from our cover shoots during the lead-up to this weekend.
This shot depicts Marke and me in the final stages of setting up the cover photo for the single “Never Say Never” somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. The buzz of neon and fluorescent tubes feels pretty amazing in the middle of a forest.
I’m always so excited to work on band projects like this because it is pretty much the equivalent of getting funded to make crazy art projects.

I mentioned earlier that our buddies in The Fray are opening for U2 this Saturday and I’ve decided to post a few (previously unseen) images from our cover shoots during the lead-up to this weekend.

This shot depicts Marke and me in the final stages of setting up the cover photo for the single “Never Say Never” somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. The buzz of neon and fluorescent tubes feels pretty amazing in the middle of a forest.

I’m always so excited to work on band projects like this because it is pretty much the equivalent of getting funded to make crazy art projects.

Speaking of Fray shows, this is a photo for one of the staging designs that Marke and I made for an early Fray tour. We were coming off the end of The Cinematic Underground shows and, somewhere in Texas, we replicated the shatterbulb cover image into SketchUp. I tracked down a company that could cut vector shapes out of a mirrored sheet and when we got back to Denver, our massive broken bulb was waiting to be assembled.
We finished it up with a trip to Home Depot to get linking chains and the screw-thread base of the bulb (which was some kind of textured plastic garden roofing that we angled slightly before cutting out and painting).
When the lights came on, the backdrop acted as a massive mirrorball that reflected out into the crowd. Supposedly, one of the stage hands valiantly took on the job of crouching behind the drum riser on nights when there was no wind, softly twisting the chains in order to make the mirrors spin.

Speaking of Fray shows, this is a photo for one of the staging designs that Marke and I made for an early Fray tour. We were coming off the end of The Cinematic Underground shows and, somewhere in Texas, we replicated the shatterbulb cover image into SketchUp. I tracked down a company that could cut vector shapes out of a mirrored sheet and when we got back to Denver, our massive broken bulb was waiting to be assembled.

We finished it up with a trip to Home Depot to get linking chains and the screw-thread base of the bulb (which was some kind of textured plastic garden roofing that we angled slightly before cutting out and painting).

When the lights came on, the backdrop acted as a massive mirrorball that reflected out into the crowd. Supposedly, one of the stage hands valiantly took on the job of crouching behind the drum riser on nights when there was no wind, softly twisting the chains in order to make the mirrors spin.

As some of you may know, I made & photographed the first album cover for my good friends in The Fray. I just found this detail shot from an alternate white bulb which never made the final cut.
As the story goes, it was late one night before the band’s artwork deadline and they weren’t happy with any of the options that the art department had provided. I asked if I could take a shot at something, and after listening to Joe talk about the themes on the album, I got a few ideas and headed for the supermarket to buy lightbulbs.
I spent the rest of the night huddled over a kitchen counter with Zach holding a desk lamp while I photographed broken bulbs with his digital point-and-shoot camera. The next day, the band selected one of the photos for the final cover. The album went on to become the largest selling iTunes record of its time.
Now, six years later, I’m getting ready to head out to Denver to see them as the hometown opener for U2 at Mile High Stadium. It looks like there may even be some tix still available if you’d like to join us.
Congratulations, Isaac, Joe, Ben, and Dave!

As some of you may know, I made & photographed the first album cover for my good friends in The Fray. I just found this detail shot from an alternate white bulb which never made the final cut.

As the story goes, it was late one night before the band’s artwork deadline and they weren’t happy with any of the options that the art department had provided. I asked if I could take a shot at something, and after listening to Joe talk about the themes on the album, I got a few ideas and headed for the supermarket to buy lightbulbs.

I spent the rest of the night huddled over a kitchen counter with Zach holding a desk lamp while I photographed broken bulbs with his digital point-and-shoot camera. The next day, the band selected one of the photos for the final cover. The album went on to become the largest selling iTunes record of its time.

Now, six years later, I’m getting ready to head out to Denver to see them as the hometown opener for U2 at Mile High Stadium. It looks like there may even be some tix still available if you’d like to join us.

Congratulations, Isaac, Joe, Ben, and Dave!

Broke* trailer

So, my friend Will Gray has been working on a documentary about his journey through the current state of the music business and it will be premiering at the Nashville film festival next month. A lot of friends/bands are featured in the movie (including an appearance by yours truly). Mr. Marke at The Made Shop did the website (along with some really cool limited edition prints). In short, this is a really cool, homegrown project made by some good friends and great artists, so if you’re near Nashville on April 20th, come check it out.

If you’re not near Nashville, just check it out by clicking here!