Rather photograph trees
World’s biggest bands. But the thrill is not what it was — what really inspires him these days is landscapes
ever in the music world, but these days he is far happier shooting landscape photography and is about to publish Sojourner, a limited edition collection of his travel pictures. “This book will make people aware of Ross’s other side,” explains Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in his introduction to the book. “He’s a damn fine photographer.”
“I suppose the main difference between travel and music photography is that with landscape stuff, the subject matter is always happy that you’re there,” Halfin says with a wry smile.
“Also, a tree isn’t going to shout at you and it doesn’t have 10 people around it screaming: ‘We’ve got to wrap this up right now, mate’.
“I hope my travel pictures make you stop and think, because that’s what music originally made me do. You want to transport people. Most of the travel photographs in the book were taken in the last 10 years, so my big regret is not paying attention to it all while I was travelling around the world with these bands when I first started. Artistically speaking, if I could make a living shooting landscape photography, I would never shoot another rock photo.” ‘Sojourner: Ross Halfin Travels’, the signed limited edition book of 650 copies worldwide is available in two bindings from Genesis Publications; Tel. 01483 540970 or visit www.Genesis-Publications.com; price £145 and £325
From new wave to real waves:
American glam metal band, Kiss
Halfin’s famous image of Pete Townshend and Keith Moon of The Who Bob Marley Mick Jones of The Clash
Sand dunes in Oman
The sea at Uluwata, Bali
The late Amy Winehouse