There have been a few photo books showcasing scenes and styles within Kiwi music – and there will be more, but Alexander Hallag’s book, Shh…The Music Is Talking collects some wonderful images and allows you to simply take them in, to draw your own conclusion. Here is a photography and a music fan, and here is a collection of wonderful images. It’s really that simple.
Hallag has an eye – we get the sweat, we get the effects pedals, we get the crowd. He has a way of knowing – and then showing – the aspects of the stage-show that go beyond (or at least support) the lead singer or any one of the instrumentalists on the stage. These elements, these aspects, they are aspects of the conversation. While the music is talking Hallag is often there in his eavesdropping role.
The thrill is in the shot. That’s clear. The thrill comes from the show. From going, from knowing he has a few vital moments to take – and then make – the perfect shot. That’s very clear in Hallag’s approach – and passion.
This beautifully put together book is limited to 450 copies. You can order directly from Hallag via his site (the link is up there above). It feels like the perfect gift for the music fan in your life.