K2 – The Blog

Part 2: the blues

Posted in Uncategorized by K2Creative on April 13, 2011

We’re excited to announce that Lou Bopp’s Mississippi Blues book is launching this Friday April 15th. Lou will be in Mississippi for the signing, and to sling back a few PBRs with the locals. If your in the area or want to take a nice road trip on down, stop by as Lou is sharing the wealth – PBRs on him!

It was almost a year ago when we introduced the Blues project that Lou Bopp has been working on for a few years. He’s been traveling up and down the Mississippi Delta capturing the real South, well the blues of the south that is. Lou starting shooting musicians in the south because he’s a music junkie. He also wanted to bring it back to the beginning. Where we all started with just camera, nothing fancy or in the middle of him and getting to know the real south and the soul of it all. Lou was most excited that he was able to meet and photograph BB King – Mr. Blues himself. We’ve included (again, because it has been awhile) his write up below about the project and what started out as a personal interest has turned into some thing amazing.

I started The Blues Project because I’m a music & culture junkie and I wanted to get back to my roots of photography, no producers, lighting techs, cost consultants, assistants etc. etc. just me and a camera.

Thousands of miles traversing the state, dozens of visits, I searched high & low to find these national treasures. While I shot a lot of performance photos, I chose not to show very many. I am most interested in their lives behind the scenes. It’s more revealing, and without mentioning names most of their homes & environments are not for the faint of heart. Kind’a what I expected, but that’s the blues I guess.

I stayed in dives for what I’ve paid for a normal martini at the Rose Bar at home in NYC, I listened to am radio, felt the wind, picked cotton, ate some of the best & worst food, pulled all nighters and sweated like never before in that delta furnace.

The folks featured in this book are the single biggest living legends of the delta blues that we have left. Actually, some are already gone.  If you get a chance, visit Mississippi while the remaining few are still with us.  If you go, hang out at a juke joint, get off the beaten path.  Listen to some vinyl, meet people, find some live blues, drink beer from a can.  If all goes well, you’ll reek from smoke, but you’ll be a heck of a lot richer.


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