The unsung older heroes of the global music industry
Photographer Leland Bobbe has huge respect for older musicians, particularly those who haven't quite had the respect or recognition they thoroughly deserve. Whether it's bluesman Jon Paris, guitarist Ricky Byrd or singer Annie Golden – Bobbe wanted to photograph them all, creating honest black and white portraits of musicians aged 50+ who still love and play music.
Speaking of the project, Leland said: "As an ex-musician I have always had a strong connection to people who play music. I know how hard it is to have a career in music and have a lot of respect for those who keep at it. My intention with this group of portraits was simply to take real and honest portraits of musicians close to my age who still play music. I that find that older people's faces have much more character than younger people’s do. They have lived and it shows. I find this to be very compelling. This project has connected my past as a musician to my present as a photographer."
Discover more on Bobbe's website: Lelandbobbe.com.
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