LUCY MUSE PHOTOGRAPHY
I (Lucy Muse) was an office worker (sketching in my 'spare time'). Ben Thomas has been a musician and 'self-made' creative person since I'm not sure when. A long time. I've seen old photos where he's playing. We met on a gig where I was sketching in the audience (hiding in the dark at the back). He found me, we chatted and then we began working together but not before my entire life was turned upside down. 'Spare time' art was not an option. This thing was full-on, full-time, uncompromising and intense. This was the beginning and my feet have not touched the ground since.
My art (now) as part of Thomas & Muse is represented by raw and honest expression laid bare against any setting or context. The challenge for me (as an artist) is to communicate with Ben at all times immersing myself in a connective dialogue. The process and ultimate end point to rid myself of inhibition within the volatile sanctuary (if there can be such a thing) of this creative collaboration. Performances are improvised, fleeting and 'of the moment' - they exist and instantly cease to be.
During this time I have started forming a 'sideline' hobby of photography (behind the camera). I don't get to 'snap' as much as I would like but there are fleeting moments when I get the chance to capture some moments - often when I am at gigs and helping to promote Ben's other projects. I love photographing Ben as he always has a very clear idea of what he wants the image to look like yet offers up enough creative license for me to experiment. This post represents the start of a new series of images that I wish to publish online. Featuring as yet 'unseen' photographs that I have taken over the years during rehearsals, recording sessions, travelling about and other quieter moments. These images reflect a subtle hint at the environment in which I have been working in and hopefully offers up an insight into a full-on, full-time creative collaboration.
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