Cast your mind back, if you will, to November 2014. A mere 5 months ago. This was when the first post on the JansenPhotographyBlog appeared. Somehow seems much longer ago, doesn’t it? Although many of you who are now reading this may not recall those first few posts, as access to the site was initially limited to a handful of people who had expressed an interest through the TMK facebook page. In fact, rather ironically, even Mr Jansen himself would have been unable to view the blog which proudly bears his name, should he have so desired………and because of this, languishing in the depths of long forgotten blogdom are some truly lovely posts by fellow fans who were good enough to support this venture right from the start. So, in the spirit of sharing (and because I haven’t had time to think of anything bright and sparky to write about this week, what with life getting in the way) I have merged together 2 old posts about the Jansen prints Adam Howard owns.
Adam got in touch with me after I had asked for contributions from people who had bought prints from Steve, as I was curious to know why people chose certain images and thought it would make for some interesting discussions. Adam provided me with photos of his framed prints, in situ in his house, and explained his reasons for choosing the 2 he currently owns.
Adam’s first purchase was ‘sylvian on stage during soundcheck (2)’……..
“I’ve always been a massive fan of Dave and the boys from a very early age and this image was just perfect.
As he has his back to the camera, I think this is the reason the framers called it ‘Unknown Singer’. They didn’t ask who it was though which I always found odd….Originally it was displayed in my hidey-hole (office/music room), but when I got another we moved it into the bedroom. My little one always points and says “Look!” when she sees it, to which we inform her, “Yes, that’s David”.. She’ll definitely grow up with exemplary music taste!”
His 2nd purchase, of 1120 – ‘karn in hotel room, leeds (2)’ came in 2011
“My second one came after Mick died…
I felt I needed to do something, so I did a couple of things; I learnt how to play bass (badly) and I started the ‘Sons of Pioneers’ website to document and curate the bass lines he created.
I also asked for another print for my birthday from my family who all chipped in; they knew I wanted a Mick one, but the choice was left up to them.
They got me ‘karn in hotel room, leeds (2)’ At the time I thought it was an odd choice as we are all ardent non-smokers; in all honesty I was hoping for: http://www.stevejansen.com/imageshop/1099_karn_in_hotel_room_hong_kong.htmlhttp:// but I can’t complain as I did leave it up to their discretion. I’ve grown to appreciate the picture over time, and the whole smoking thing was very ‘Mick’ I suppose.
This one hangs above my drum kit / bass guitar corner, and has Mick’s bass strings I won on eBay and the lovely note from Kyoko Karn sat on top. It’s there to inspire me to be a better player – well that’s the idea anyway!
It’s funny really, when I first got into Japan aged 9, Mick scared me – he was just too Alien, with the strange movement and his exotic looks (sans eyebrows). I didn’t appreciate just how cool he was. I’m not sure when the pendulum swung from being scared to being in awe, but luckily it never swung back!
My biggest regret is letting Mick walk past me in Manchester city centre (the day they supported No-Man at the Jazz Café) because I didn’t want to ‘bother’ him; sometimes I’m too bloody conscientious for my own good and that’s as close as I’ve ever come to meeting/speaking to any of them.”
Adam went on to explain that his next purchase would probably be for the shot of Richard Barbieri in the Ginza Cafe – “there would be no Japan without his amazing textures, and his post Japan work proves just how talented he is……” and mused upon the fact that “it’s a real shame there are no pictures of Steve of this quality (for obvious reasons!!) as it would have been great to bring them all together in a celluloid re-union….” However, as we have seen, Steve was not averse to snapping the odd “selfie” so maybe Adam will end up with his wish!
Signed, limited edition prints are available from Steve’s imageshop here:http://www.stevejansen.com/imageshop/