I think I first met him hovering in a doorway in St. Johns at Tuesday at the Tap open mic night. Then he popped up all over my newsfeed sharing images of familiar faces from the acoustic circuit. He is ViceVersa Robbi - and his live music shots are unmistakable in their fine detail and intimacy; they draw the viewer's focus to the heart of the subject.
'It's about capturing the feeling of the song, the passion of the artist,' He's not one for the posed shot, preferring to catch the subject when they are unaware.
Over the last eighteen months Robbi has become a regular at open mic nights and acoustic festivals in Hull and the surrounding area. He has found the music scene in the smaller venues - the acoustic nights, the open mics - to be very welcoming and friendly, with a rich vein of musical talent.
There's the young artists just starting out writing their own songs and performing them, alongside old hands who have been playing for donkeys' years. 'Every week with all this eclecticism I get a varied subject matter - really interesting faces to study and shoot.'
Robbi is not a fledgling photographer - he's been taking pictures for thirty years or more - but he does seem to have tapped into the social media to great effect.
He shares some of his best images through Facebook and he regularly gets that highly sought after thing: immediate feedback. (I looked just now and saw one of his recent photos had 56 comments) I think this is because his images allow a certain section of society, perhaps those who can recall a time before mobile phones and digital tv, a doorway in - past the memes and vines, snapchat and more - to actively participate in this thing we call Social Media.
As they are likely to in our city of culture, things have snowballed for Robbi. After photographing artists at Springboard, Beverley and Malton Blues Festivals, he's just been offered the role of Official Photographer for Cornucopia Festival . A large scale celebration of arts and music, being held within the grounds of Burton Constable Hall later this year.
While building up his portfolio of images, and promoting through his photography a wide spectrum of musicians, Robbi has been hatching a plan.
A plan to bring a new event to the cultural calendar. What began as a kindly offer by the Rev. Neil Barnes to exhibit some of his photography, has now grown into a three week showcase to take place within the hallowed walls of the Holy Trinity Church in Hull.
Recently the community minded church has played host to the CAMRA Real Ale Festival, various charitable live music and theatre shows; it has been the setting for three Heads Up Festival shows and a special performance by the History Troupe.
Beginning September 5th and continuing until the 30th ViceVersa Robbi welcomes you to reCOGnition a local, creative, original eclectic, visual showcase. There will be album launches with special collaborations, performances from local theatre companies, all manner of artworks, installation and sculpture from featured artists all showcasing their considerable talent with the architecture of the Trinity Church providing a magnificent backdrop. What is more all these events and shows will be Free to enter for everybody.
Robbi warmly acknowledges the support of City Arts Unit and Arts Council England in supporting his vision to support arts at the grassroots level, and also all the people who have advised, guided and supported him. reCOGnition @ Holy Trinity he says is a way to give something back to all those, who have shared their talent, time; and made him feel so welcome on Hull's acoustic music scene. And finally to his partner Anita, for without her encouragement and tolerance, none of this would be possible.
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