[members-announce] New Orleans Photographer Skip Bolen Launches New Website of Jazz Photos, Rural Water Towers and Cityscapes...

skip bolen sbolen at skipbolenstudio.com
Mon Aug 18 17:07:55 EDT 2008

New Orleans Photographer Skip Bolen Launches New Website of Jazz  
Photos, Rural Water Towers and Cityscapes

NEW ORLEANS, LA. -- The new Skip Bolen Photography website has been  
officially launched this week. The website features an eclectic mix of  
both black + white and color photographs primarily of musicians in New  
Orleans; downtown street scenes of New Orleans, Los Angeles and New  
York City; rural water towers from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas;  
and lastly, stills photography from Fox Television's K-Ville.

The new website can be viewed at www.SkipBolen.com

The new website contains an impressive portfolio of music portraits:  
James Brown (commonly referred to as "The Godfather of Soul" and "The  
Hardest Working Man in Show Business"), the luminous jazz vocalist  
Jimmy Scott, plus many other musicians including Wayne Shorter, Henry  
Grimes, Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Nicholas Payton,  
David Murray, Marcus Roberts, Terence Blanchard, Irvin Mayfield, Ellis  
Marsalis, John Legend, Elvis Costello and many more seasoned  
performers to several new rising sensations such as Jonathan Batiste,  
Christian Scott and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews bringing down the  
house at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Other works on the new website include an architectural project that  
captures the romance and nostalgia of vintage signs, landmarks and  
other points of interest shot in and around New York, Los Angeles, and  
Bolen's hometown of New Orleans. Images include a black + white  
photograph of the first Buds Broiler opened in 1952 on City Park  
Avenue in New Orleans still standing and untouched by Hurricane  
Katrina that appears the same today as it did 56 years ago -- this  
photograph was included in Skip Bolen's latest work exhibited in the  
group photography show at the Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans last  
December 2007. Other images on the website include downtown Los  
Angeles street scenes at night of old theatre marquees, eateries, and  
a view of Los Angeles' downtown skyline from a top the hills behind  
the Hollywood Sign; a thrilling view at night of the Brooklyn and  
Manhattan Bridges with the Manhattan skyline in the distance from the  
perspective of a sixth-floor artist loft in DUMBO (Down Under the  
Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in Brooklyn; and the downtown New Orleans  
Walgreens Drug Store, Lenny's Piccadilly Lounge, The Half Shell, Meyer  
The Hatter and Mrs. Mae's all photographed in the wee hours of the  
night. Bolen says, “I much prefer roaming the streets and  
photographing late at night with only available light as I often think  
that the night is so much more alive and much more richly colored than  
the day.  Jazz comes alive at night in the clubs, streetlights and  
neon lights wash everything in a glow and there is often a sense of  
mystery lurking in the shadows and silhouettes."

Rural water towers have always fascinated Skip Bolen, and the new  
website includes photographs of several rural water towers taken on  
travels across southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The freshly  
painted Lake Village water tower illuminated with spotlights on the  
banks of Lake Chicot in Louisiana and photographed at night almost  
looks surreal while his other photographs of older water towers are  
completely rusted, pitted, graffitied or grown over with vines.

When Skip Bolen isn't roaming the streets or spending late nights in  
jazz clubs searching for images to photograph, he is often found on  
movie sets working as a stills photographer and the new website  
features several of his stills photographs from Season 1 of Fox  
Television's K-Ville based in New Orleans in the wake of post Katrina  
that featured Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as the lead roles.

Born outside New Orleans, Skip Bolen has made his home in New Orleans  
after living in New York City and Los Angeles. His photographs are in  
several public and private collections, among them the Ogden Museum of  
Southern Art in New Orleans and most recently, The Louisiana State  
Museum acquired 22 of his photographs. His work has also been  
exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, among them The Stella  
Jones Gallery, Robert Bruno Gallery and John Stinson Gallery in New  
Orleans; The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, Jazz Day L.A. at the Dorothy  
Chandler Pavilion, and the Los Angeles Jazz Society's Annual Jazz  
Tribute & Concert. His photographs have appeared in numerous  
publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vogue, New  
York Post, US Weekly, Elle, VH-1, New York Magazine, Jazz Times  
Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, Where New Orleans and recently the July  
24th 2008 cover of Pasatiempo, the Arts and Culture Magazine of the  
Santa Fe New Mexican.


Skip Bolen Studio
P.O. Box 51295
New Orleans, LA 70151-1295 USA
Tel: 213.840.9259
E-mail: sbolen at skipbolenstudio.com

More information about Skip Bolen and his jazz photography can be  
found at:

www.Skip Bolen.com


skip bolen | photographer
new orleans - new york - los angeles

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