Así es la fotografía completa que aparece en la portada de 'Superunknown' de Soundgarden

14/06/2017

Así es la fotografía completa que aparece en la portada de 'Superunknown' de Soundgarden

Una de las carátulas más icónicas de los 90 revelada en su totalidad.

Desde la muerte de Chris Cornell, no han faltado los tributos. El ícono grunge tuvo un impacto tan poderoso en la cultura popular que, incluso cuando se va a cumplir un mes desde su partida, seguimos conmoviéndonos con los homenajes y lamentándonos por su ausencia. 

Entre quienes han presentado sus respetos está Kevin Westenberg, el hombre que sacó la fotografía que eventualmente se convirtió en la icónica portada de Superunknown (1994) de Soundgarden.  Westenberg publicó en su Instagram la imagen original que fue a parar en esa carátula, junto con la anécdota de cómo fue sacada.

"No teníamos ningún plan cuando hicimos la sesión fotográfica para Superunknown", cuenta Westenberg: "Si no estás nervioso antes de trabajar con Soundgarden, eres un muerto viviente. Sabía que había mucho en juego, porque adoraba a esta banda. La obligación de dar lo mejor de mí estuvo siempre presente". El hombre concluye que, por fortuna, las fotos que sacó se complementaban a la perfección con la música del álbum.

El fotógrafo revela también que siempre lamentó que Matt Cameron no fuera incluido en la portada final, la cual fue recortada por temas de espacio. Sin embargo, sí aparece en la imagen original, la cual puedes ver a continuación:

I'm fortunate that during my career I have worked with many of my art director heroes. There have been many discussions concerning visual philosophy and theory as to what makes something work, and why the opposite holds true. In some ways this cover was just one glorious accident. There was no real plan on the day of the album shoot for SUPERUNKNOWN. Most times with every musician, no matter which style of music I was working around the world, there would rarely be a plan. During those jobbing years where there were crazy budgets and infinite patience on the part of all involved, a level of trust was earned. Looking back I suppose my level of trust in the business at this stage was fairly high. To the point where I would think of the atmosphere to create and the technical ability needed to achieve the vision and then we just go for it with the blessings of all the moneymen. The level of consultation and planning was also minimal, as you never wanted to let them see you sweat. It was all about the end result and as my confidence during all those prime years was never an issue, there were also never any moments where I took my foot off the throttle. I pushed myself to the point of exhaustion constantly. If there were no nerves before a big shoot like this one with SOUNDGARDEN, then you're walking dead. Forget it. I knew the stakes were high for this band that I loved so much. The absolute need to perform was there throughout. Also, as someone who was born in Seattle but had by then immigrated to the UK, it was even more important. Maximum creative pressure is never a bad thing. This here is the full frame used for the album cover for SUPERUNKNOWN. While constructing the idea, I never expected this to somehow ever equate with the fantastic range of musical ideas created on the album. There’s always an added bit of luck and happenstance thrown in as well. Side note; I was always disappointed that Matt was cut out of the cover by the crop. Not my choice. Also, where did the name ‘Screaming Elf’ ever come from? Definitely not my choice! Good Times. Photo: Kevin Westenberg. #kevinwestenberg #realfilmrealwestenberg #soundgarden

Una publicación compartida de KW (@kevinwestenberg) el 25 de May de 2017 a la(s) 3:06 PDT

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