The Project

 

Welcome to Singing Faces, a combined music and photography project created by Mark Hucks.

Background

In early 2011, once Belleville’s debut album was finalised, I decided to commence a project combining two of my favourite things: music and photography. I like any ideas which help to establish creative communities,  and my aim with this project was to bring together and record a group of London based musicians. So I  advertised on Gumtree for musicians  who had an original song to record.

Recording the songs

The response was great and, in April 2011, I started to record.  Luckily for the project, the musicians who came forward and got involved were enthusiastic, willing to experiment and, most importantly, had a great mix of songs to capture.

Taking the portraits

Once the songs were nearing completion, I visited each of the participants in the part of London in which they live and took a selection of portrait photographs. With the locations broadly defined by where the musicians live, once we had narrowed down to a specific couple of locations to shoot, we met up and I tried to capture in the photographs both elements of the songs as well as the something of the characters of each of the musicians. Inevitably some songs lent themsleves to a photographic representation much more easily than others, so it was an enjoyable challenge!

The most important bit

To listen to the songs, view the photos and learn more about each of the participants, please just click on any of the names listed in the menu at the top of the page. To download the songs for free (just insert £0 in the pop up box) in a range of formats and quality please go to the Singing Faces page on Bandcamp.

I can’t say enough positive things about the musicians themselves – they’re a great group of people, and I highly recommend seeing them live and grabbing a word with them if  you get the chance. There’s links to their own pages throughout this site, so it’s easy to keep tabs on what they’re up to and find more of their music.

Singing Faces: Gig and Exhibition

To round off the project, on 25 October 2011 at Native Tongue EC1 (near to Barbican Tube) all the musicians, the framed photos and the songs appeared together in one place under one roof as part of Oxjam. It was a special night.

Contact

If you have any questions about the project, or if you might like to be the next musician to take part, you can find me here:

https://www.instagram.com/markhucks/

info@hucks.org.uk

 

All website images are the copyright of Mark Hucks © all rights reserved.

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