The photography of Antony Crook features sublime landscapes; mountains bathed in mist and sea and clouds unified in breath-taking Norwegian scenery. Combined with Mogwai’s epic musical progressions and crescendos through intensity to climax, this aesthetic creates the perfect synesthetic experience. For their new collaborative project, Crook accompanies Mogwai on their Japan tour and documents the journey through a series of photographs.
I seem to photograph things in a similar way to how they approach music. There is a feeling or point of view that repeats. I think we see things in similar ways
The images will be displayed this month at the KK Outlet in Hoxton Square, along with Crook's film 'Knock for Knock', also created in Japan. Here Dazed talks to the photographer/ director and exclusively premieres a selection of images from his photo diary.
Dazed Digital: Why did you choose to photograph the band in Japan of all places? Antony Crook: Stuart Braithwaite talked to me about how different their Japan shows are, and how respectful their audiences are. At the moment where their tracks go quiet the audience are silent, and you can hear a pin drop. This always interested me and I wanted to see it and try and photograph it.
DD: Do you feel like your style of photography has a special affinity with Mogwai's music? Antony Crook: I think it does, I seem to photograph things in a similar way to how they approach music. There is a feeling or point of view that repeats. I think we see things in similar ways.
DD: Why do you think you find the figure of the cyclist so interesting? Antony Crook: I'm more drawn to the landscape and the idea of traveling through it, partiality a lone figure. The cycling came from the first film (30 Centuryman) that I did with them and my friend James Bowthorpe, who'd just broken the world record for cycling around the world. Knock for Knock was a development or sequal to this project.
DD: Can you tell us a little about the film that you’re directing in October and where the inspiration for this came from? Antony Crook: It's called The Hudson River Project. James Bowthorpe is going to travel to New York to collect wood and metal that he finds in the streets and bins of Manhattan, then make a rowing boat and two oars out of it. Take it to the start of the Hudson River high in the Adirondack Mountains, and then row it the 315 miles back to New York. We're hopefully making it into a feature and Mogwai are doing the soundtrack.
'Mogwai Japan: Knock for Knock' will run from 6th - 28th April at the KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square