Greetings from 2017! It was just a hop and a skip over December and it's already 2017. Hard to believe last year went by so quickly...
In part, the end of the year went by so quickly because I spent most of December in Japan documenting musician and pro skateboarder Tommy Guerrero's music tour for Ello (with support from Arkitip and Rush Productions). Ello is a fairly new app/platform aimed at creating community amongst creative types (artists, designers, musicians, illustrators, photographers, etc.) and the best part is, unlike most social media apps, they don't sell your information so you don't have to worry about being subjected to an onslaught of ads or having your information sold to third parties. That's refreshing. So it was wonderful to have a creative platform to share pics and stories of the tour along the way.
The tour encompassed 10 shows over 17 days and covered a wide spectrum of ground zipping back and forth across the continent. Some of the longest stretches we traveled were between Shizuoka and Sendai (337 miles) and Sendai to Nagoya (443 miles), but the long hours spent on trains made for great sightseeing. We saw snow passing through Hokkaido, made 6 trips past Mount Fuji, saw oceans, mountains, villages, rice fields, rivers, highrises in Tokyo... Japan was breathtaking from every angle.
Tommy approached this tour a bit differently than tours in the past. Instead of bringing his entire band, he opted for a solo tour to debut his new Japanese release, "The Endless Road". He performed with a loop machine to create layers of sound while riffing on his guitar, running the sound through effects pedals to delay and stretch the sonic tones in different directions. It was dreamy and beautiful... and at times fully rockin'. He wanted the night to end with a dance party so once he put the guitar down, he moved to the turntables to spin his favorite soul 45's. The fans loved it.
And I loved documenting every minute of the tour and shot upwards of 7,800 photos. You can see the pics and blog posts on the Tommy Guerrero Ello page HERE. Below are a few of my favorite shots, with a few new additions I didn't previously post.
Wishing you all a peaceful, heart-full year ahead.