She captured a series of sun-drenched, intimate Polaroids of artists and attendees at the festival in Indio, California.
The collection serves as a time capsule, before every moment was shared over social media, when things were a little messier, a little more unguarded, and—arguably—more fun.
Music festivals have become corporate behemoths, an industry unto themselves.
As this year’s Coachella (perhaps the most corporate of them all) approaches, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at a simpler time—to 2007.
I had been shooting kids hanging out at shows for a few years. I am directing them, it’s my shot, I set it up, and I look over my shoulder, and there are a least a hundred photographers behind me with their cameras raised. And yet it’s not so precious that it makes someone feel self-conscious. Could the same innocence be captured in today’s climate? It’s not my favorite way to see bands, but I am always interested in what is happening in the crowd and behind the scenes. It wasn’t about getting it all to Instagram as fast as you can. Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction (right) with wife Etty Lau Farrell.
I loved the drama that always seemed to be taking place elsewhere in the club, almost as if the band was just playing in the background like some coming-of-age punk-rock film. It’s not supposed to be perfect, and that seemed to be understood. Farrell is a founder of Lollapalooza and apparently the only person to have performed at all 12 Coachella festivals to date.
I was so overwhelmed seeing the size of the stage and all the cameras, but once I was up, the crowd were so welcoming. I recently signed a deal with a very forward-thinking ‘streaming first’ record label.
The whole experience felt like it flew by in a couple of minutes. I finished recording my next releases and we are now working on mixing and mastering the tracks. One of my closest friends, Sophie, is a brilliant chef so she is giving me lessons in my new kitchen! I have three singles coming out over the course of the next few months – it’s been a wild experience collaborating with so many people this time round.
“Soundtrack to Nothing” was images of teenage rock fans. CSS had a song called “Meeting Paris Hilton.” Someone hooked it up so I could shoot the band actually meeting Paris after their set. They had just come offstage, and here is Paris ready for the picture. Are you happy you captured it all on film versus on a digital camera? It’s so immediate and intimate, and people can relate. Everyone loves that moment while the chemicals are turning from white to the image. Instagram Stories can never take the place of being in the moment.
It was the year that gave us the Apple i Phone, transforming our lives as well as the concertgoing experience forever.
Britney Spears shaved her head, ended, and the Obama Girl was a viral sensation. Athens, Georgia–based photographer Christy Bush was backstage at Coachella in 2007.
But while the Kooks initially charted at No 9, they just went on selling, remaining a fixture of the album charts and overtaking the Monkeys to have the biggest-selling debut album of the year."It's been so cool," he says, "because it got taken out of the hands of the media.
When you put a record on, that's it, full stop, end of story.