Vale Chris Cornell
I had the opportunity to photograph Chris Cornell twice in my career. The first in 2007 when he performed solo at the Forum Theatre. I had only started getting ‘good’ gigs earlier that year. I had a panic attack on my way to the show, I was so overwhelmed with being given the responsibility. My nerves won. Most of the photos I took at that set were blurry because I wasn’t changing my shutter speed fast enough.
Five years later Soundgarden re-formed and toured in Australia. The band played at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl and I was far more seasoned this time around. Music photographers get the first three songs of a gig to photograph before being escorted out. Soundgarden performed the longest three songs in history, almost 20 minutes. It was a luxury. And the photos were like shooting fish in a barrel.
I showed my friend, Jon, my favourite photos the next day. He pointed out that they were all of Chris playing guitar, jamming out with hair in his face, they could be anyone. Looking through the photos this evening I finally see that he has a point. There’s so much energy in the photos but in so many of the photos you cannot see his face. Damn.
Vale Chris Cornell.