New York. 3 am. Blues in C.

I am a huge fan of Annie Leibovitz, the portrait photographer, she is perhaps best known for her work for Rolling stone magazine in the 1970’s. I came across this striking image which features Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones posing for a Louis Vuitton advertising campaign. Produced by Ogilvy & Mather, the campaign restates travel as the fundamental and defining value of Louis Vuitton, interpreting it as a personal journey and a process of self-discovery. I love the way it conveys the air of rock ‘ n roll royalty alongside the decadence that Keith and the stones are renowned for. The weathered look of wisdom on keith and the expression on his face say so much. The lighting is subtle and adds a classiness to the picture. The fact that Keith has never before agreed to endorse any product makes this all the more interesting. Keith Richards embodies what rock n’ roll is all about and he is perceived now as more of a guitar wielding pirate than a musician but there is no doubt he is the basis of what is cool and rock n roll chic.

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About High Velocity Trifle

My friends call me Sammy Lee but I was born Lee Tomlinson, I play drums in loads of bands and have done since I was 12, music is an obsession of mine, I try to balance it with my other love which is design; digital / hand drawn illustration / photography / video... I love to be creative and get excited when I see other peoples clever use of imagery, whether it be a piece of graffiti, a billboard, a magazine advertisement, brand logo design, an original/against the grain adornment of style, not to mention a well executed shamrock in the head of a pint of Guinness... What? Music and design share many similarities and as a working musician and design degree student I intend on creating work that depicts this as I try to establish myself as a graphic designer. I studied graphic design at ND level after leaving school and since then I have concentrated my efforts on playing music- this has been frustrating to say the least but also given me some incredible moments to cherish- I have some road stories and varied success with a few artists. The music industry leaves you with a very sour, synthetic taste after a while... Kinda like Sambuca but less flammable, but I was fortunate to record in many of London's legendary studio's and play in some great venues. After nearly ten years of sacrificing a decent wage (and occupation) playing music full time, I now want to focus more on my design work and put more of my artistic energy into this area/platform from which to be creative. There will always be critics and confidence breakers in every creative field but at least with creative design you don't have to deal with LSD (lead singer disease) ego platforms, dodgy promoters, touring up and down the country with hairy smelly wannabe rock stars and lugging instruments too and fro setting up only to find out the total attendance at that particular gig is the bar staff and the support band... I don't agree with that in the workplace!
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