Way back in 1989 I went to Santa Barbara to see the band Mary’s Danish do a show on campus of UCSB. They were good friends of mine at the time and they opened for a band I had never heard of at the time… Jane’s Addiction. I was into jazz, funk, R&B and rock so seeing Jane’s Addiction come on stage and do their thing blew my fucking mind! I had never seen or heard anything like them before. It was love at first sight and sound. I remember coming back and telling all my cool, hip, rock friends about it and they laughed at me. They told me Jane’s Addiction had been around for a while and I was late to the party.
My first shoot was with lead singer Perry Farrell for Exposure Magazine in 1989. It’s when I got my iconic Jesus Christ Pose photo at the shoot, but the magazine didn’t like the results so I shot him again. This time we painted him silver and the rest is history.
After these shoots I slowly started meeting and shooting each member for different reasons. In July of 1990 I got to shoot the publicity photos for Ritual De Lo Habitual for Warner Brothers Records. This was the first time I shot the band together. I got to know them and their management very well. This respect and trust led to me shooting them as much as I could for almost two years.
I shot a bunch of live shows, a handful of Lollapaloozas, behind the scenes, portraits and the infamous “Last Show” in Hawaii. I will always be grateful for the trust they gave me so that I could get the best photos ever. They let me shoot whatever I wanted and never put any restrictions on me. The best part of this time was the music & all the experiences that I had. I’m so lucky I got these photos to remember it all.
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