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Interview with Bryan Adams: Singer, Songwriter and Photographer

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A former colleague sent me a link to Bryan Adams’ photographic work and I was stunned – not only can he make a girl weak at the knees with his voice (and pensive lyrics), but with his photography too.

You started off photographing friends and then doing your own album covers. When did you realise that you wanted to take your passion for photography further?

I started to get calls from magazines; I had no idea it would end up this way, but it has and I love it.

Did you receive any form of photographic training?

I learnt how to do things the hard way, trial and error. In fact, I still work a little like that. Experimentation is what leads to something happening creatively.

Please tell us what is in your photographic gear bag?

I carry a case full of lenses and bodies, batteries, hard drives, and cables for my Phase One digital back.

What is your favourite lens and why?

I love Zeiss lenses, but sadly they don’t make them for Mamiya. I’ve even asked if they would make a mount for me. As far as Mamiya lenses are concerned, they are amazing too – the 110mm is my primary lens and there are also the 140mm or 150mm for portraits.

What would you say is your most memorable shoot to date, and why?

There are so many – I suppose working on my book “Wounded – The Legacy of War” was the most memorable. I photographed around 30 severely wounded veterans from the British Armed Forces that had returned from Iraq and Afghanistan for my book and exhibition at Somerset House, London. It was a humbling experience.

Photograph of Lindsay Lohan taken by Bryan Adams for ZOO
Cover Image of Bryan Adams book: Wounded
Bryan Adams photographed a British Army Veteren for his Book Wounded

The images in your book: Wounded, are moving and in some sense uncomfortable to look at. I think people want to remain ignorant since the reality of it all makes them feel uneasy. Please elaborate on the thought process behind the photography and the book.

Precisely the point in doing it. We need to see what happens when we go to war. We can’t constantly hide our heads in the sand and not expect to learn from our mistakes. So many people were coming back in pieces during those wars and the world lost so many people. I daren’t think what it was like on the Iraqi or Afghanistani sides. General Lord Dannatt commented that when he saw the photos, that most of them would have been dead had it not been for the skilled field staff and the medical techniques they have today, which enable them to deal with severely wounded people on the battlefield. I’m fairly sure the other side didn’t have those facilities.

Photograph taken by Bryan Adams of Black Sand for Book Untitled
Bryan Adams Book Cover of Untitled
Portrait photograph of Linda Evangelista taken by Bryan Adams for ZOO
Photograph of Jeanne Damas taken by Bryan Adams for ZOO

What project are you currently working on?

I’ve just released a book on black sand called ‘Untitled’ and I’m in the process of making another book or study on people which I can’t talk too much about as it’s only half done.

What will we currently find on your playlist?

Bob Marley.

Besides being a talented musician and photographer, do you have any other talents not many people may know of?

I can touch my nose with my tongue. Does that count?

What is your favourite place to visit in South Africa and why?

I love the coast – Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth… just beautiful.

Cover shot of Bryan Adams Book Exposed

I think it’s safe to say that when I was listening to his music as a little girl, doing an interview with Bryan Adams was the last thing on my mind, Now That’s Rock ‘n Roll!

So Please Forgive Me if I’m on Cloud Number Nine for the next few weeks…

Ben Kingsley Photographed by Bryan Adams for his book Exposed
Cindy Crawford Photographed by Bryan Adams for ZOO

About the Author:

Wouda McMicken spends her work days as part of the driven Outdoorphoto team. She enjoys photography, especially experimenting with her treasured Nikon Film camera. The privilege of doing interviews with Professional Photographers all over the world is what makes her get up in the mornings, excited for a new day’s work. She is a self-confessed klutz and can be easily bribed with a stylish pair of jeans or good food. Having the ‘need’ for her nails to be neatly painted at all times, fresh jam doughnuts and salted caramel ice cream is her kryptonite. She dreams of a future filled with sunny skies, palm trees and sandy beaches with her Ukulele and a Piña Colada close by.

One Comment

  1. Anita Baert June 6, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Love the interview and his images…who knew!!!

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