Elton John, Diana Krall & Elvis CostelloThursday, August 11, 2011
I am not sure when I took this picture. I had been hired by an organization associated with the BC Cancer Institute to photograph Elton John, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall for a function in which people paid (the money went to the particular cancer charity) to appear in a photograph with the dynamic trio. I am not sure (either) if this function was associated with a concert.
But I do remember that I hired my eldest daughter Ale (and I did pay her!) to assist me to organize and move people around for the individual photographs. I had to sign all kinds of disclosure agreements and provided them with all the negatives (it was a handsome buyout). Ale was very efficient and by the end of the hour long shoot Elton John went up to her and gave her a big hug. This was followed by a warm handshake from Elvis Costello. All I can say here is that Miss Krall was most reticent.
When I have to give or sell my negatives (these were in colour) it is very easy to slip in an extra back on my Mamiya RB-67 and take a few snaps in b+w. The roll has been undeveloped I would guess for at least 7 years. I remember that I kept telling Mr. Costello to nod down so that my large softbox would not be reflected on his glasses. This is one of the exposures where I did not stress that action.