Like many of my generation, I played some guitar when I was in college and since my interest in music preceded my interest in photography, some of my first photographic subjects were musicians.
I saw and photographed Tim Buckley on December 14th, 1968 at what is now the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.
The stage set up was spare. Buckley’s percussionist; Carter C.C. Collins, had his conga drum set and guitarist Lee Underwood’s Fender Twin Reverb amp was laid on it’s back in the center of the theatre in the round stage. Tim had a pair of Guild guitars, played through the house PA, which also was used for his voice.
A budding photographer; I was equipped with a Canon FTB with a 200 mm lens, probably an f3.5, that I had borrowed from an architecture student, Dave Hansen, who lived across the hall in my dorm. The camera was loaded with a bulk-loaded roll of the mysterious Kodak 2474 Hi Speed Recording film that I was given by my friend, the late Pat Harper.
That’s it: one camera, one lens and one roll of film. I have no idea what the exposure was, but it probably wasn’t more that a 60th at wide open. Somehow, that was enough and when Harper processed the film in Kodak DK-50, there were highlights, some mid tones and not much else on the negative. But there was enough to make a print.
Tim Buckley was born on this day in 1947.
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