Sometimes I make an image that for me sums up a whole concert in one picture. This is captured at VEGA the same night I shot these portraits of Questlove and DJ Rafik. On stage is Questlove behind the decks, Lord Finesse on the mike and members of the Wu-Tang Clan hovering around. Questlove played a two hour blinding set, some of the best music I have heard in a long time. The room was hot and packed. The audience were loving every beat. The light and sound was outstanding. The stage was filled with incredible characters. The moment was perfect.
A week ago I had the pleasure of shooting DJ Rafik for the second time this year. I first shot him at the Red Bull Distortion street party and was highly impressed by his set, but clearly I had seen and heard nothing yet. Rafik is a 6 time World DJ champion and at the Red Bull Music Academy Vanguard festival afterparty there was room on stage for his gear and epic skills as a turntablist, musician and producer. We all stood around mesmerized by the impossibly fast yet seemingly effortless mixing, scratching, cutting and editing. The beats were groovy, the performance was jaw-dropping. At times it appears the hands were moving faster than the eye can follow as tunes and beats were cut up, juggled and re-composed. It was one hour of wizardry by this German magician, fortunately I managed to pick my jaw off the floor and shoot a few pictures.
My images only tell part of the story, to really see DJ Rafik in action, watch him performing in this video. I hope to work with DJ Rafik again soon, if you get a chance then do go see and hear him, it is truly special.
Today I am in a swinging-headphones-over-my-head ecstatic mood! Why? Because at Coffee and Magic we have used Coffee, Magic & Awesomeness and made a new website – for me. Powered entirely by Coffee and Magic‘s custom WordPress wizardry, my new site’s main features are:
- It is build around my work and identity as a music photographer
- Showcases my music portfolio and music stories
- Features large image slideshows on frontpage and portfolios (please view the site in fullscreen for maximum effect)
- And is contemporary and responsive so it works on all platforms, phones, tablets etc. (this is a standard feature of all our Coffee & Magic sites)
Charlene, magician and head honcho of Coffee and Magic, came up with a truly kick ass design and user experience for my site and coded the responsiveness from scratch. I make the coffee, she makes the magic – every day. I am the luckiest time-traveler in the world. The site took several months of brainstorming, then it all came together this week in 2-3 days of intense coding, designing, testing, coffee and magic making.
‘Nuff words, go to www.flemmingbojensen.com
(Where did all my old image galleries go you might ask? Well, we have more magic up our sleeves, wait and see later this month)
Questlove. Photographed at the Red Bull Music Academy Vanguard afterparty at VEGA, Copenhagen.