During recent years, Australia has lost a number of high profile contemporary musicians. Artists such as Michael Hutchence, Billy Thorpe, Chrissy Amphlett, Doc Neeson, Stevie Wright, and singers such as Darryl Cotton, Jim Keays, and Jon English, who were friends of the artist, changed the face of music here in Australia forever.
“Faces Behind The Music” is an ongoing series of photographs documenting portrait images of high profile contemporary singers, songwriters and musicians.
These black and white portraits utilise low-key lighting to illuminate certain areas of an image, giving the portrait a dramatic look of light and shadow compared to a traditional black and white photograph.
In this series, Wayne Budge created something different than the usual “Promo”, “On Stage” or “Back Stage” shot - he photographed the person and not the celebrity.
These portraits were not staged in a photographic studio, and most of the images were taken in the artist’s homes or in their own surrounds. These artists also presented themselves as to how they wanted to be portrayed and photographed.
Over the years Wayne has worked closely with many high profile Australian and overseas artists, and this has enabled him to become part of their inner circle. Wayne's love for photography is leading him to create this series of portraits, which captures the soul and character of these living icons.
Image: Leo Sayer. Image courtesy of the artist.