I´m very happy to announce my first collection of photographs to be released in printed book form! “Sounds From Valencia”. At the moment it is available in hardcover, on high quality paper. But will shortly be available in a more affordable softcover and PDF version. At the moment you can preview it at Blurb Books here, and will soon be available on Amazon too!
This was one we wont forget! Two brilliant groups I would definitely check out if you get the chance!! Im not going to get into reviewing the bands, as I don´t think I would do them justice, I just wanted to share some shots ( Ill put some video up too when I get the chance). KOLARS describe their music as “ Desert Disco, Space Blues and Glamabilly “. Sooooooo good! Love them!
Fantastic Negrito has had a long career , and for a time left the music business. He´s back with force in the last few years, winning a Grammy in 2017 for Best Contemporary Blues Album. He describes his sound as “ black roots music for everyone” … brilliant !! If anyone says blues is dead, they obviously haven´t heard this guy! If you went to the gig, or any other gigs of theirs, let me know what you thought!
Ahhhh, almost forgot! The venue, 16 Toneladas ! Top place in Valencia, with the best sound, for the public and on stage as a musician! Really worth checking out gigs there.
All images and video shot using Sony A7ii , 85mm 1.8f.
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While we were out the other day, Emma had the idea of trying to get some more movement into some of my shots. So we started messing about on the beach and actually came up with some pretty fun photographs. This got me thinking about movement , the stages of movement from start to finish, and how we very rarely see the in-between. These 4 shots below show the motion of water from start to finish... we usually only see the water just before it hits you in the face due to some child swimming past kicking their feet at 200bpm. The photographs work as a group of 4, more than individual shots. I was really pleased how they came out.
So the idea is that over the next month I´ve set a goal to try and capture more of these moments within this format. 4 complementing shots that show a process from start to finish, hopefully showing something that is usually to fast to normally be seen. Hope you like them, and please let me know if you have any ideas for a subject that would work well in this format.
(Click on any of the images below to enlarge and see the set as a whole)
These shots where taken on the beach in Valencia, El Saler .
It was really great to catch up with George last night! We met a few years ago here in Valencia where we became friends, and ended up playing some gigs together. George is a monster bassist! Ultimate groove! So after moving back to the states a few years ago he has now returned with his band, The George Lacson Project, for a Spanish tour.
George Lacson - Bass / Cinnamon Denise - Vocals / Cliff Gordon - Tenor Sax, E.W.I and Vocals / Federico Zanetti - Keys / Kowan Turner - Drums
Last nights gig was at a place called La Casa De La Mar. A great place, with loads of stuff going on... Music, Surf School, Skate ramp, yoga, the list goes on. The guys sounded amazing and I would definatly go and check them out if you can. They are playing tonight at Las Arenas Hotel in Valencia Port. And Sunday at The Playground Art Centre.
Im going to upload some video of the gig last night too, but in the meantime , here are a few shots from the gig.
Update: A quick vid I put together from the very few clips I got. Sorry about the sound quailty, it´s straight from the camera and so is pretty distorted. Go and check out their real recordings to feel the full soul !!
Im sure most of you here in Valencia have been to the Bioparc, and most of the people who visit Valencia have been too. Whenever I talk about this place with friends it always seems to move onto "are zoo´s a good idea ?" argument. And I do understand this... I am not really a fan of Zoo´s. I don't really want to get into this whole debate but what I would like to say about the Biopic is that it´s like no other "Zoo" ( I don't think that term fits as a good description) you will ever see. Its open plan, and you are really walking around among the animals. The design , layout and ethics of this place are incredible. The work they do to conserve and educate is outstanding, and I would recommend anyone who has negitive views on such places to go and see it. It changed my mind for sure!
Here are some shots from a very, very hot (40C) Monday afternoon.
All Images Copyrighted © Simon Mark Taylor Photography 2018
Here are some more shots from this weekends festival, Maig di Gras . Another fantastic band (although I may be bias as I used to play with them) Calmoso & The Black Fang are a full on 9 piece hip hop band. They mix funk, jazz, latin styles into a great sound, with some cracking original tunes. Please take a look at their page and show support for original Spanish hip hop from La Plana!