Last Sunday the 12th April saw the realization of a project that not only has been months in the planning, but if you read my reply to a Kate Bush Fanzine that interviewed me after a fashion about the shoot... years in the making.
"Growing up by the sea and sailing my own boat for many years meant I was exposed to a lot of the imagery contained in The Ninth Wave for real, giant shipping buoys wreathed in mist greeting your return home on foggy nights, unpredictable weather and storms, and the constant excitement, tinged with danger informing your every outing. Inevitably The Ninth Wave has always been "the one" for me and when I revisited the area in which I grew up after my brother died recently, and saw a red buoy blinking at me through the darkness as I walked along the beach, I knew what my next shoot would be about. The memory of the Before The Dawn show had opened a box that had been long shut and it was too late to put the genie back in the bottle!"
So... after a lot of head scratching and a lot of very " creative" set building, I present some of the first images from The Ninth Wave. It goes without saying that Kate Bush has been the bedrock of inspiration for this shoot, and one of the most enjoyable aspects of making this shoot a reality has been listening to her Magnum Opus again and again. I you haven't heard it I urge you to seek it out. It comprises the second half of her album The Hounds of Love, or in the modern aeon it follows after the track Cloudbusting.