Twice I'd been asked to write this...twice.
The first time I thought he was joking with me, the second time
he asked I knew he wasn't. "Write something about me for my
website Northern (his lovable nickname for me!) You can write anything
you want good or bad!!!" OK Ross, here I sit on a plane bound
for New York trying to think of what to say from one photographer
His work roster over the years reads like a who's who in rock
music. Christ he's even shooting Eminem now!! Metallica, Iron Maiden,
Def Leppard and Motley Crue. These are just a few, with a host of
other bands who have had the pleasure of been shouted at in front
of the man's lens. On top of that he has had covers on most of the
world's rock magazines and been at Kerrang! right from the beginning...
Ever seen the amazing live Metallica shot of James Hetfield singing and ALL the crowded arms aloft saluting while chanting "Die Die" along with him??? Or the session shot of Soundgarden standing by the water's edge in Australia with the Sydney Opera House in the background?? Come on, if you're going to put out a book like this, this guy has to have work included in there!!!!
This just leaves me to say this: You don't stay in this business
for as long as Ross has without being good at what you do. Very
Good. Over the years Ross has seen many photographers come and go,
and he's still up there at the top of his game. Personally I look
forward to the old git retiring and giving the rest of us a chance!!!!
(Only kidding) So there we go from one photographer to another,
and by the way, he's not a bad friend either!!