An interview with the lovely and talented photographer Rob Lundberg!
Introducing Rob Lundberg
Rock photographer Rob Lundberg. will be showcasing his first solo show on June 27that the Bowery Electric, which documents his work capturing bands along the Northeast such as The National, We Are Scientists, Jukebox the Ghost and many more.
Lundberg brings his vision to life with a rare intensity. His work is based described as “raw, organic, candid, free, gonzo, avant-garde, documentarian, observational and curious,” which creates a unique viewing and artistic experience.
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Hi glad to have you! Please introduce yourself.
Sure thing, thanks for having me! My name is Rob Lundberg,
I’m an photographer and artist based in Brooklyn, NY though a former Boston, MA resident.
When did you start as a photographer? What does photography offer you?
Well, I started taking photography on more serious note (with regards to my chosen medium) late 2016 during my transition from Boston to Brooklyn. Before, then I was completely focused on design, things changed when I met my now two good friends Jas and Dre, whom lent me a decent DSLR and off I went. I started shooting the energized New York City streets, while constantly studying the principles of photography. I then met my current partner Melissa (coincidently a publicist) whom completely supported my work and connected me with Paste Magazine and was off and running shooting indie bands from NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia. Photography offers me a chance to engage with different aspects of the world, sub cultures, events, nature, as a photographer one is at a great advantage to explore, to roam, to learn, and discover. This “sage” like aspect is what I love about photography and offers me great insight into the world.
Which piece/series are you most proud of and why? And what is the story behind it?
I would have to say my series “Tiny”, it was the first series of shots I submitted to show within a major art fair “Clio Art Fair”, and was accepted. “Tiny” is a series of three images I took mid September 2017 in Philadelphia, in which my partner and I were walking back from consuming our first Philly cheese steaks from Dalessandro’s, when a gentleman sitting on a cement wall called out to us. This gentleman introduced himself as Tiny, he inquired about my partner, then started into his story of how he battled bone disease, alcoholism, and finally homelessness in which he stated he was currently living in the woods adjacent to the wall. I so happened to have my camera at the time, in which Tiny noticed and asked if I was a photographer, replying yes I asked if I could take a few photos of him. After shooting a few shots, we parted ways, though I didn’t realize what I’d captured until I sat down for post processing.
On another note, I’d say my series “Uncontaminated Sound” which I’m showcasing at the Bowery Electric June 27th is a pretty cool achievement. It’s a series that includes my last six months of work shooting indie artists in NYC, Philadelphia, and Boston. I’m at awe with this show since Bob Gruen’s work will be hanging in the same room.
What would you say is the main source of inspiration when it comes to photography?
Hmm well, I have so many influences and inspirations that build my photographic foundation from political and social issues, fine art, literature, to culture in general. However, diving into specifics what inspires me on a deeper level are the micro spaces / moments that mostly go unnoticed by the general populous. For example a brief interaction between two people on the street: that instance of joy, anger, frustration, sadness, warmth, or lack thereof. This space of movement and transference of energy fascinates me, such the camera is the perfect tool to document this invisible phenomena. With regards to objects, observing light and shadow play across a table while a object interjects itself within the pathway creating an alternative shadow artifact is deeply inspiring.
What are your favorite artist tools or cameras? What does your workflow look like?
Currently my favorite tools of the trade go as followed, though not included are the tools on my wish list: Canon EOS Rebel T3i with 50mm prime lens, Lomography La Sardina with 35mm film (a fun little tool), Fujifilm Fujica AZ-1 35mm Film M42 Screw Mount SLR , and for more fun a Fujifilm Instax 300 wide camera. In addition, 35mm film, a notebook, pen/pencil, research materials ie literature both digital and printed, several SD cards, a 2015 15 inch Macbook pro with 16GB of ram with software, plus a one terabyte external hard drive. Regarding workflow while on assignment: I generally conduct a check of all my gear to ensure all is working properly and ready for use, arrive early on location to inspect lighting environments and chat with subjects or point of contact with respects to shooting music events, shoot said event then wrap, finally the next day post process and send to the editor. In contrast, while shooting for the street I may have a section of town in mind I want to go explore, however I generally just grab a camera and wander without expectations letting subject matter come to my eye.
What are some pieces of advice you have for upcoming artists?
Ahh yes to the upcoming artist, a few pieces of advice; first the path you’ve chosen is a tough but rewarding one, make sure you understand the business side of things it’ll help navigate the challenges that will arise when it comes to marketing your work. Now, in whatever medium you chose, define your own unique voice, it’s critical to create a breath of work that communicates and expresses your perspective of the world. Go out and live somewhere new, discover new cultures and people, experience what life has to offer, these journeys will fuel your understanding of humanity, thus adding new dimensions and breath to your creative repertoire. Finally, things don’t happen overnight learn to build up patience and resiliency, while continuing to believe in your work.