Frequent Instagram customers might previously be familiar with Steve Birnbaum. He is the photographer powering the remarkable account @thebandwashere on the image-sharing social community.
There, he offers a litany of legendary photographs of musicians and bands in each photo’s authentic surroundings, as they exist these days, by holding up and aligning the pic with the background, then getting a ideal snapshot of the near-seamless, new-meets-outdated mix.
See a selection of Birnbaum’s rock and steel-targeted picture creations down toward the base of this write-up.
If you are not privy to Birnbaum’s perform, get all set to consider a vacation by means of audio history by means of the unique portraits that doc it, their age underscored by the frame of present-day present day landscape. What far better way to illustrate the passage of time to rock admirers than, say, juxtaposing unforgettable snaps of Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses or My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way with the timeworn websites from which they to start with emerged?
Birnbaum tells Loudwire he started out the undertaking in 2010, initially “working from household pics with the identical notion of matching them up with the locations they had been taken. I was inspired by a photographer who was picture-mixing war pictures with the locations from nowadays, but he was not keeping the initial visuals up. I’ve normally been fascinated in where movies have been shot or the place historic times transpired.”
Guns N’ Roses
The photographer proceeds, “On a organization journey to Los Angeles, I started off visiting some of the areas of my preferred movies and tv shows and started keeping up the primary visuals, as you see.” But photographs of films scenes finally weren’t in the cards for him. “Another account did a thing comparable,” he clarifies, “so I transitioned to tunes, as I didn’t see that out there. I am joyful I did, while. I’ve been a music lover — specially of songs pictures — for years, and a large amount of the photographers I showcase have influenced me.”
As for Birnbaum’s favorite tunes, he claims his style is “kind of all around the place. It really is comparable to my feed, exactly where you could see a Nirvana photograph followed by a Tupac photograph followed by a Miles Davis image. I’m open to it all, even audio I do not are likely to pay attention to generally or audio I want to master more about.”
Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance
He adds, “When I switched exclusively to new music, I to start with gravitated to the classic photographs a lot of know of my favored artists, but more than time I am hoping to seek out pictures individuals could have overlooked about or hadn’t witnessed before of their favorite musicians. I’m also looking for stories powering the photographs to aid paint the image of why they transpired in the to start with put.”
That implies his followers have plenty extra music throwback photography to foresee. Be positive to test out Birnbaum’s Instagram at @thebandwashere and, below, see extra illustrations of what is there.