A blog by Marc Gruninger

A blog by Marc Gruninger

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Levinhurst 2013 - The most recent shoot I did with Lol Tolhurst & Cindy Levinson aka Levinhurst, in Culver City CA - Lol is famous for being the original drummer/co-founder of one of the most influential bands in music history, The Cure. He co-wrote/played on some legendary songs among them ‘Boys don’t cry’, ‘Lovecats’, ‘Inbetween Days’ or the cult-favorite ‘A Forest’. The ‘dark trilogy’ of early albums consisting of ‘Seventeen Seconds’, ‘Faith’ and ‘Pornography’ are among my top favorite albums of all time. 

© marc gruninger @ Schmidli Backdrops, Culver City, 2013

Levinhurst 2013 - The most recent shoot I did with Lol Tolhurst & Cindy Levinson aka Levinhurst, in Culver City CA - Lol is famous for being the original drummer/co-founder of one of the most influential bands in music history, The Cure. He co-wrote/played on some legendary songs among them ‘Boys don’t cry’, ‘Lovecats’, ‘Inbetween Days’ or the cult-favorite ‘A Forest’. The ‘dark trilogy’ of early albums consisting of ‘Seventeen Seconds’, ‘Faith’ and ‘Pornography’ are among my top favorite albums of all time.

© marc gruninger @ Schmidli Backdrops, Culver City, 2013

marcgruninger:

These shots were created when I was invited to photograph legendary Australian band The Church for ’ Future Past Perfect’ Tour kickoff at the El Rey in Los Angeles. These two of singer/bassist Steve Kilbey during their soundcheck just before the show. Tomorrow marks the official release of their 25th album ‘Further/Deeper’. What’s splendid album it is. Listen to it right now here http://rollingstoneaus.com/music/post/exclusive-stream-the-church-furtherdeeper/676
© marc gruninger 2011

marcgruninger:

These shots were created when I was invited to photograph legendary Australian band The Church for ’ Future Past Perfect’ Tour kickoff at the El Rey in Los Angeles. These two of singer/bassist Steve Kilbey during their soundcheck just before the show. Tomorrow marks the official release of their 25th album ‘Further/Deeper’. What’s splendid album it is. Listen to it right now here http://rollingstoneaus.com/music/post/exclusive-stream-the-church-furtherdeeper/676

© marc gruninger 2011

Michael F. Brown - A Kansas City Artist living off the grid

Sometimes you meet people in life that will continuously inspire you and elevate one to a different level of creativity. Mikey Brown is one of these people. I had met him back in 2006 on MySpace - we were mostly talking about the Arts and the path of the Artist that naturally comes with it. I was deeply inspired by him pursuing his true passion of drawing portraits of beautiful people while barely making ends meet. A homeless person that spent most of his days creating Art at the local Starbucks, and spent his nights under the local bridge or in abandoned houses. 

When I was on the road across the US for the Liquor Store Photo Project I made sure this Series would also take me to Kansas City to finally meet my friend in person. After 8 years of being in touch I did not feel strange at all to finally hang out for a few days. I felt the urge to visually document an ‘ordinary day of Michael Brown’. From his mornings in his Art Studio aka Starbucks to his moments in an abandoned house he’s been fortunate to live in for the past 2 years. Mikey Brown shows us what the definition of the ‘pursuit of happiness’ really means. Here’s the impressions of this mini-documentary on him:

http://www.marcgruninger.com/album/michael-f-brown-off-the-grid

© marc gruninger 2014

Michael F. Brown - A Kansas City Artist living off the grid

Sometimes you meet people in life that will continuously inspire you and elevate one to a different level of creativity. Mikey Brown is one of these people. I had met him back in 2006 on MySpace - we were mostly talking about the Arts and the path of the Artist that naturally comes with it. I was deeply inspired by him pursuing his true passion of drawing portraits of beautiful people while barely making ends meet. A homeless person that spent most of his days creating Art at the local Starbucks, and spent his nights under the local bridge or in abandoned houses.

When I was on the road across the US for the Liquor Store Photo Project I made sure this Series would also take me to Kansas City to finally meet my friend in person. After 8 years of being in touch I did not feel strange at all to finally hang out for a few days. I felt the urge to visually document an ‘ordinary day of Michael Brown’. From his mornings in his Art Studio aka Starbucks to his moments in an abandoned house he’s been fortunate to live in for the past 2 years. Mikey Brown shows us what the definition of the ‘pursuit of happiness’ really means. Here’s the impressions of this mini-documentary on him:

http://www.marcgruninger.com/album/michael-f-brown-off-the-grid

© marc gruninger 2014