LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe will hold an exhibition of his photography at Sacred Gallery in New York City from May 2 through June 3. The singer, who will attend the opening-night reception, says: "I'm showing a body of work curated around a specific theme, which will be posted soon in my artist's statement."
He added: "Yes, the stuff will be for sale. What doesn't go at the show will be sold by the gallery later."
In a 2014 interview with Noisey, Blythe stated about how he got into photography: "Fast forward to 39 years old, about four years ago, I decided I had enough of being on the Internet, and mobile phones and all that stuff in general. So I decided I was gonna take a year off from the Internet and mobile phones, and I mean totally. Not allow myself to use it at all. I would use a computer to make music, but no telecommunication skills other than a telephone line. If anyone wanted to interview me, they had to do it on tour or from a hotel phone; I was just not going to carry a phone with me."
He continued: "So I was telling my friend Jamey Jasta, the singer of HATEBREED, about this while we were on a plane, that I was going to completely unplug for a year and write a book about it. So I tell him the whole deal, asking him what he thinks about the angle, and at the end, he goes, 'Okay, here's how we're gonna do the movie.' So he takes my book idea, threw it out, and, 'You'll do a documentary.' So I was like, okay cool. So I figured I could film a lot of it myself, and I asked a lot of film guys I know, 'What's a cheap but not too cheap digital camera that can do high-def video?' and they told me Canon ELS-60D, which is a prosumer camera, not quite the pro level. All of the sudden, one day, I was in my kitchen and I was looking at my French Press, which has kind of a domed chrome top, and I saw my reflection in it. I happened to be playing with the camera and said, 'Well, let me try and use this what it was actually made for, not video, let's see how it works.' I put it on automatic, I pointed the lens at it, looked through the viewfinder, press click, and then I looked in the back of it at the picture and was, like, 'That is fucking cool.' [Laughs] And that was the end. Unplugging from the documentary, which I'd still love to do, was delayed when I was forcibly unplugged and spent a little time in a gated community in Europe a little while ago. I got arrested and had to keep my Internet and learn to keep up with lawyers and crap."
Blythe added: "But photography was totally accidental. My first picture was of my coffeepot, and I was, like, 'Wow, that looks cool.' Unlike film, and I'm starting to get into film, I don't have to wait to develop. I think it's a really good learning tool in a monetary sense — you can suck a long long time as a photographer — and I think, especially with film, it can get really expensive while you learn just how to frame things and exposure; developing film is expensive. I'm not downing film at all; it just makes it economically feasible to shoot way more photos than I would have by now.
"I forgot who said it, but someone said, 'Your first 10,000 photos are your worst.' But now it's, like, with digital, your first 100,000 are your worst! [Laughs]"
So stoked! Here's the flyer for "Show Me What You're Made Of", my first photography show, a solo exhibition up May through June at @sacredgallerynyc in Soho, New York City. Opening is May 2, starting at 8 pm, & I will be there. I'm showing a body of work curated around a specific theme, which will be posted soon in my artist's statement. Yes, the stuff will be for sale- what doesn't go at the show will be sold by the gallery later. www.sacredgallerynyc.com. So if your in NYC, May 2, come on out & say what's up!