The Moment Between Moments – Cover Photo for Unwound’s boxset, Empire

I appreciate the subtle and quiet pauses. I took this picture 13 years ago. Unwound was playing the Great American Music Hall in support of their latest and last record, Leaves Turn Inside You. I was on assignment to photograph them for Magnet Magazine.

12 years later I posted a photo on Instagram from the portrait session, a phone camera shot of a contact sheet. I hash tagged it #unwound. Justin Trosper, lead singer and guitarist of the band, saw it and asked if I had more. I sent a few and they chose this image of him setting up his gear. Now its the cover of their box set, Empire. The last of a reissue series of their complete recordings put out by Numero Group and all designed by Henry Owings.

The cover

The cover

The original, uncropped and untreated.

The original, uncropped and untreated.

   The  image posted on Instagram that started it all. (L-R) Sara Lund, Bradt Sandeno, Justin Trosper, and Vern Rumsey. This was in my backyard, when I lived on Monterey Boulevard in San Francisco.

The  image posted on Instagram that started it all.
(L-R) Sara Lund, Bradt Sandeno, Justin Trosper, and Vern Rumsey.
This was in my backyard, when I lived on Monterey Boulevard in San Francisco.

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