Bobby Gillespie - Backstage, Northampton c1989
This photo is from what turned out to be a very bizarre night which started with me turning my home over to the band when they came into town to play and ended at daybreak listening to Diamond Dogs. I know it looks like a living room, but it is actually the dressing room of the venue they played.
This photo, for me, illustrates what I love about the snapshot. The snapshot comes loaded with intimate connotations, as we mostly view them as family ephemera. Had this photo been taken on a SLR or medium format, it would have had that staged ‘paid for’ gloss that acts like a barrier. It would have been about selling something. In the snapshot, you get the experience- there is no barrier as it has the familiarity of a family snapshot. And that is why people are so quick to dismiss them. Personally, I love the familiarity!