[Jandek] New Cover

Daniel Marks alfredggnome at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 30 14:08:34 PDT 2004

The covers for One Foot in the North, Later On, and
Follow Your Footsteps all show Jandek indoors. 

--- Ivan Shiel <ivan at barkingstars.com> wrote:
> One of the attractive things about Jandek's records
> are the
> covers.  I love lo-fi photography and Jandek often
> comes up with great
> photos.  They also, as Seth's site illustrates, show
> Janky's
> development and also indicate thematic threads in
> his work.
> Another interesting element are the portrait covers
> and seeing the
> differences between them.  Some seem to be posed
> almost as if they
> were specifically taken for an album cover and look
> a bit stiff.
> Others appear quite informal almost as if they're
> messing about.  I
> start to feel that the portraits change according to
> who's taking the
> photo.  The posed ones are probably taken by his
> fellow musicians.
> Maybe the one in front of the barn of a more middle
> aged Jandek was
> taken by his wife.  When ever I see White Box
> Requiem I think it's
> been cropped from a group photo at a wedding, maybe
> he was best man.
> When you start to look at them and wonder who's
> taking the picture
> it gives you a different impression of the guy.
> For a long time Jandek didn't seem to get older in
> his portraits and
> they were either taken from the same roll of film or
> from the same
> period.  Later on we see an older Jandek and then
> suddenly Jandek is
> off on his European tour - no more portraits.  Now
> we have another
> Jandek portrait.
> So here's the speculation:  I reckon that suitable
> portraits - those
> without other people or that are obvious locations -
> had started to
> dry up.  We got a few pictures of middle aged Jandek
> but I guess these
> don't appeal as much to him as the younger version. 
> This prompted the
> European Tour (I love these photos - although trust
> Jandek's holiday
> snaps to be of a shop window).  Next thing Jandek
> comes across someone
> who knows Photoshop, maybe someone at the print shop
> that puts his
> covers together.  Now he realises he can get a bit
> more mileage out
> of his old photos and that by chopping out that
> street sign here, or
> that ex-girlfriend there the portraits can continue.
>  Maybe we can
> expect more photoshopped portraits to come.
> Another funny thing is that when you look at
> Jandek's portraits you
> start to wonder if this guy is ever indoors.  He
> sure likes his fresh
> air.
> 30 Jun 2004, 4:27, you wrote:
> >>>>> "BuckPinne" == BuckPinne  <BuckPinne at aol.com>
> writes:
>  BuckPinne> Hey, Just a thought, but does anybody
> think there's a chance
>  BuckPinne> that this photo wasn't necessarily
> edited on Photoshop, but
>  BuckPinne> rather was an older, more traditional
> trick photo with the
>  BuckPinne> man standing in front of a giant screen
> picture backdrop?
>  BuckPinne> Like at a photography studio, or
> somewhere he could simply
>  BuckPinne> stand in front of different backdrops,
> and have a bunch of
>  BuckPinne> different photos taken.
> I don't believe that.  It's not a very picturesque
> forest scene -- not
> nearly picturesque enough to be a backdrop at a
> photo studio, I think.
> The real ones are much tackier.  I suppose such an
> ordinary-looking
> backdrop might exist elsewhere (like, I don't know,
> in a hallway of a
> nature museum or something), but even then, I find
> it very implausible
> that such a large backdrop would have been so
> obviously manipulated in
> Photoshop.  If that's a backdrop, the Photoshop file
> would have to be
> absolutely huge in order for it not too look (to
> people actually seeing
> the backdrop, not in photos) like a bunch of pixels,
> and it would be
> just about impossible to duplicate the trees in the
> background without
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