July 2, 2022

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Photographer Places Legendary Rock Pictures in Their Primary Options Now

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Frequent Instagram customers could possibly already be common with Steve Birnbaum. He is the photographer guiding the outstanding account @thebandwashere on the image-sharing social network.

There, he provides a litany of legendary visuals of musicians and bands in just about every photo’s initial environment, as they exist nowadays, by keeping up and aligning the pic with the background, then having a best snapshot of the close to-seamless, new-satisfies-aged blend.

See a selection of Birnbaum’s rock and steel-concentrated picture creations down towards the bottom of this post.

If you are not privy to Birnbaum’s perform, get prepared to just take a excursion through audio background by using the primary portraits that document it, their age underscored by the body of today’s modern day landscape. What better way to illustrate the passage of time to rock supporters than, say, juxtaposing memorable snaps of Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses or My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way with the timeworn web sites from which they initial emerged?

Birnbaum tells Loudwire he commenced the task in 2010, initially “doing the job from relatives photographs with the same notion of matching them up with the areas they had been taken. I was inspired by a photographer who was photograph-blending war photography with the locations from nowadays, but he was not holding the initial photographs up. I have generally been fascinated in where by movies were being shot or the place historic times transpired.”

Guns N’ Roses

The photographer carries on, “On a business enterprise trip to Los Angeles, I begun traveling to some of the locations of my favourite films and tv shows and started holding up the first images, as you see.” But shots of films scenes in the end weren’t in the cards for him. “A further account did a little something similar,” he points out, “so I transitioned to audio, as I did not see that out there. I’m satisfied I did, though. I’ve been a new music lover — particularly of tunes pictures — for a long time, and a large amount of the photographers I showcase have inspired me.”

As for Birnbaum’s most loved audio, he states his style is “sort of all over the spot. It is similar to my feed, where by you could possibly see a Nirvana photograph adopted by a Tupac photo adopted by a Miles Davis image. I’m open to it all, even tunes I you should not have a tendency to pay attention to usually or audio I want to understand extra about.”

Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance

He provides, “When I switched only to new music, I first gravitated to the common photographs numerous know of my preferred artists, but in excess of time I am striving to seek out images people today might have overlooked about or hadn’t witnessed ahead of of their favourite musicians. I’m also wanting for stories guiding the pictures to enable paint the photo of why they occurred in the first location.”

That indicates his followers have a great deal additional new music throwback images to anticipate. Be certain to examine out Birnbaum’s Instagram at @thebandwashere and, below, see extra examples of what is actually there.

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana

Chris Cornell, Soundgarden

Glenn Danzig + Henry Rollins


Joan Jett



Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin


Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots

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