Hunting Down Original Album Cover Locations In London
Hunting down original album cover locations in London is one guy’s passion turned into successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. This just proves to show you that no matter how strange, or difficult to put in practice, your hobby may be, there will always be people out there to back you up if you do everything with passion.
Alex Bartsch started cycling around in London in order to discover the exact places where original album covers were shot decades ago. Focusing mainly on old reggae music albums, Alex traced back gems from 1967 ’til 1987. The results… Spectacular! Like a walk back in time. It’s like we’re witnessing the original photo shoot in the making.
“The image on a record cover usually remains within defined borders, instantly recognizable as a record cover, but not so much as a location,” Alex Bartsch says of his project.
“Approaching the scene from a wider angle and revealing the cover’s surroundings brought me, and will hopefully bring others, closer to the time and place of the original photo shoot.”
“Some [of the locations] were easy to find while others took months of detective work. I cycled all over the city, from Penge in southeast London to Harlesden in the northwest. There were wild goose chases, and some unexpected finds. It’s been a great adventure, and has painted an interesting map of London’s reggae music heritage.”
London locations where album covers were shot
Alex Bartsch’s project on Kickstarter managed to raise £28,877 ($35,995) with a goal of £15,000 ($18,697), from 717 backers. The estimated delivery date for the project’s backer, who will receive postcards and books about his project, is scheduled for June 2017.
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