Reflections of an Amethyst Rock Star * Seven Images + An Update on “Transactions”

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About a year and a half ago I was along for the ride during a few legs of the tour for Saul Williams’ poetry anthology “Chorus.”  I am just now getting around to sharing seven of those images here tonight.  I keep saying that I’m going to do something about procrastinating, but then I just put it off for another day!

For those of you who are not familiar with Saul’s work–  He is the author of five books [The Seventh Octave, She, Said the Shotgun to the Head, The Dead Emcee Scrolls, and Chorus], has released six musical albums [Penny for a Thought / Purple Pigeons, Amethyst Rock Star, Not in My Name, Saul Williams, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust (With Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails producing), and Volcanic Sunlight], and has appeared in numerous films and documentaries [Including ‘Slam’ and ‘Slam Nation’].

Six more images are contained below.  The first and second were taken backstage before a performance in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  These two photos were selected from a series of shots taken during a conversation a few of us had that spanned a couple hours in time and covered many different topics.  The third, fourth, and fifth are photos I captured from the doorway that led out onto the stage and were taken while Saul was performing in front of the rowdy crowd gathered there.  And, finally, the sixth image was taken by another writer backstage of Saul and I after the show was over and everyone was relaxing / winding down.

saul 2 saul 1 saul 3 saul 4 saul 6 saul 7 original photography by j. e. lattimer

© 2014 j. e. lattimer all rights reserved

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*Also, a brief update on the previous post, “Transactions:”

Within just a few short days one of the nine original pieces being offered to the public here on Fictional Machines for the first time has been purchased! Another huge thank you to the very nice lady who contacted me about buying “Freedom,”  I truly appreciate it!  Another sale is still pending, but as of right now the other eight pieces are still up for grabs.

This site / my work is not financed or funded by anyone, just for the record. Any and all money that has been spent to bring you the work that has been shared here over the last two years has come out of my pocket.  Any purchases of artwork help to fund and expand this operation!

OK, sorry for the shameless plug–  A HUGE thank you to all for the support & I strongly encourage everyone out there to continue to share and develop your vision / your style / your voice!  –Josh.


9 thoughts on “Reflections of an Amethyst Rock Star * Seven Images + An Update on “Transactions”

  1. Congrats on the sale of artwork! You were due for some goodstuffs; here’s hoping you sell many more. 🙂

    Thanks for the stunning portraits of Saul and for highlighting his work. I’d not heard of him before so I went for a quick YT search before commenting…W♥W just…wow. He is absolutely mind-blowing.

    1. Thank you very much! Yes, it was a pleasant surprise to return home and discover the email that day. I have always believed in sharing my work on here for free, but decided to offer a few originals for two main reasons [People have been inquiring about how to buy them and because I want to take everything to the next level, both online and away from the internet]. Yes, Saul is a very talented dude for sure. I had originally planned on posting these long ago, but I was still in the middle of posting the ‘Progression’ series when this experience took place. Unfortunately it was just one of many projects that was delayed… Until now! Thanks for all of the support and enjoy the day! 🙂

  2. Big congrats! You deserve all the publicity you get.

    And, as always, amazing atmosphere in your work. My favourite is the last one. The contrast in expression is haunting.

    1. Thank you so much, Millie! Your work deserves all of the attention it gets as well– Not sure exactly why, but your artwork can cheer me up sometimes when I’m not having the best of days! I picked these seven out of a huge file full of photos from those days, these seemed to summarize the events pretty well without creating a huge post. Oh, and the expressions look a bit strange / unusual in the last one because we were both moving and talking when the picture was taken [But it was the best one that I had where Saul and I were both in frame at the same time.]! Thanks for all of the support and have a great week!

    1. Thank you very much! I had originally planned on posting these long ago, but I was in the middle of the first story arc of the ‘Progression’ series when this was going on & my life was very busy and hectic then as well [Not that it has really changed or slowed down since, but…]. Hope all is well in Nashville– Thanks for the comment and all the support, take care! 🙂

    1. Thanks, John! It was a bit stressful editing photos of someone who has been photographed / filmed by so many over the years. Ultimately I just had to go with my gut instinct during each step of the process and to allow myself to approach it in an abstract manner while tying to remain true to the energy of that particular performance! Thanks for the comment and have a great day!

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