2015 and Mente Fria have just finished their live set at the Trog fest, myself and junior have been shooting all night and then something happens… After every gig it’s a custom that the band has their photo taken from the stage with the crowd behind so when the i-phone gives up it’s time to grab a photographer, Josh was in the right place at the right time, then up on stage getting the last images of the night. Social media addresses and business cards were exchanged and the rest is history, this is how we met Mente Fria…
Two and a bit years on and we receive a message from bassist Juan saying that the band needs a promo shoot for new album material, of course we said yes and better still the lads were coming to us which mean’t we could work with familar locations and also in studio for individual portraits. The day began in the usual way – straight to the bar for coffee and introductions, two of the band members had changed since the last time we saw them and this shoot, as we soon discovered was all about the ‘original four’.
Back to the favourite hunting ground, an enormous old ruin of a cortijo where we have shot before but nowhere near covered all of the potential opportunities – this place is like an estate, 16+ bedrooms gives you an idea of the scale and with it’s own chapel hewn from the rock in Andalucian ‘cave style’ you can imagine how an old ruin like this would be ideal for a multitude of shoots. So, instead of the industrial rock band theme we decided to do ‘wrecked & ruined’ instead.
A few changes had been made since our last visit shooting Victor, the graffiti guys had been in and very recently too as the paint was still wet so no leaning up against the wall with black leather jackets. The location constantly evolves and changes providing what you would call an earthy, rustic, grungy feel to it plus the weather… Half of the rooms we haven’t even been in and it’s dangerous which, as a photographer you have to keep in mind – model (or in this case Mente Fria) safety first.
Every rock band needs a wide angle fisheye shot right? It just has to be done cliché or not, at this stage the lads were beginning to relax into the shoot so making things a little more dynamic was not a problem. Another wall, another courtyard.
Grainy black and whites that just fit and shooting slightly higher for an alternative angle. Mente Fria are releasing a new album this year and by all accounts are really going to town on it so this was quite a big shoot, the entire package for album images, web and social media so mixing things up was the name of the game, to add a selection, a mash up of work and enough content to whittle down to the what suits the client best.
Back to the Studio
Given the fact that the lads came to us offered up some studio work to finish off the shoot, a cold beer or three were welcomed by all then it was time to hit the lights and the get the smoke machine fired up. The aim of the last 40 minutes in the studio was to create some individual portraits and by this time the guys were well up for it, settled in and accustomed to the style myself and Gayle work with:
“Hoy hemos tenido el gran placer de posar para la lente de IRMAC PHOTOGRAPHY, un equipazo de gente que ofrece un resultado gráfico expectacular. Podrás disfrutar de su arte en el reportaje incluido en nuestro próximo disco.Te animamos a contactar con ellos si deseas unas fotos profesionales para tu banda, empresa o particular. Seguro que tu imagen sale ganando. Desde aquí les damos las gracias por su buen hacer, simpatía y simplemente por ser “The Best Family Ever”. (Mac, Gayle, Joshua y Niko) Grandes personas que han pasado rápidamente a ser parte de Mente Fría.”
Behind the Scenes:
A shoot wouldn’t be a shoot without some behind the scenes images and a video mashup:
Mente Fria are:
Alejandro Gonzáles – Voz
Juan Francisco Martin – Bajo
Luis Ortuño – Guitarra
Alvaro Sánchez – Bateria
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