Dirty Boots

In the beginning!

Let me tell you a little story.

When I was around 17 yrs old I use to take my fathers Olympus OM-1 camera out, without him knowing, to photograph my friends bands. I soon got the bug for shooting music and when asked to photograph a new band called Dirty Boots during a rehearsal at a local pub  I jumped at the chance. When I first saw this frame in the contact sheet, it was at that exact moment that I decided I wanted to photograph bands for the rest of my career.  The guy in the foreground is Henrik Takkenberg who ended up becoming my best amigo and partner in crime.  The composition, depth of field, triangles, contrast and grain make this image so appealing to my eye.  Henrik sadly committed suicide in 2008 making this image the most powerful, emotive and important image in my entire archive.  The rest is history as they say.

Dirty Boots

Nikon F2a – 105mm

RIP – Henrik Takkenberg – Dirty Boots 1994 – Copyright Chris Lopez

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