Soundgarden: 23 anos depois, foto da capa de “Superunknown” é revelada

A foto foi revelada pelo fotógrafo Kevin Westenberg

Soungarden - Superunknown

Com o álbum Superunknown, lançado em 1994, o Soundgarden teve sua carreira alavancada para níveis extraordinários, embalado pelo sucesso de hits como “Black Hole Sun” e “Fell On Black Days”.

O disco também contou com uma arte gráfica, que foi fotografada por Kevin Westenberg. Há algumas semanas, o fotógrafo resolveu compartilhar a foto completa da capa, acompanhada de uma grande declaração através de seu Instagram.

No texto, Westenberg reflete sobre sua carreira e dá detalhes sobre o trabalho envolvido no desenvolvimento da icônica capa. Você pode conferir a declaração na íntegra logo abaixo, mas dê uma olhada em um trecho traduzido à seguir.

Não existia um plano no dia de clicar a capa do Superunknown. Na maior parte das vezes com os músicos, não importa o estilo de música com o qual eu trabalhava ao redor do mundo, raramente existia um plano. Naquela época, com orçamentos insanos e paciência infinita de todas as partes envolvidas, existia um certo nível de confiança.

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Como alguém que nasceu em Seattle mas imigrou para o Reino Unido, isso era ainda mais importante. Máxima pressão criativa nunca é algo ruim. Aqui está a imagem completa utilizada para a capa de Superunknown. Enquanto construía a ideia, eu nunca imaginei que ela fosse, de forma alguma, se equiparar com o fantástico alcance de ideias musicais criadas no álbum. Existe sempre um elemento de sorte e coincidência nisso. Observação; eu sempre fiquei desapontado de que o Matt foi cortado da capa no resultado final. Não foi minha escolha. E ah, onde que surgiu o nome ‘Screaming Elf’? Definitivamente não foi minha escolha! Bons tempos. Foto: Kevin Westenberg.

I'm fortunate that during my career I have worked with many of my art director heroes. There have been many discussions concerning visual philosophy and theory as to what makes something work, and why the opposite holds true. In some ways this cover was just one glorious accident. There was no real plan on the day of the album shoot for SUPERUNKNOWN. Most times with every musician, no matter which style of music I was working around the world, there would rarely be a plan. During those jobbing years where there were crazy budgets and infinite patience on the part of all involved, a level of trust was earned. Looking back I suppose my level of trust in the business at this stage was fairly high. To the point where I would think of the atmosphere to create and the technical ability needed to achieve the vision and then we just go for it with the blessings of all the moneymen. The level of consultation and planning was also minimal, as you never wanted to let them see you sweat. It was all about the end result and as my confidence during all those prime years was never an issue, there were also never any moments where I took my foot off the throttle. I pushed myself to the point of exhaustion constantly. If there were no nerves before a big shoot like this one with SOUNDGARDEN, then you're walking dead. Forget it. I knew the stakes were high for this band that I loved so much. The absolute need to perform was there throughout. Also, as someone who was born in Seattle but had by then immigrated to the UK, it was even more important. Maximum creative pressure is never a bad thing. This here is the full frame used for the album cover for SUPERUNKNOWN. While constructing the idea, I never expected this to somehow ever equate with the fantastic range of musical ideas created on the album. There’s always an added bit of luck and happenstance thrown in as well. Side note; I was always disappointed that Matt was cut out of the cover by the crop. Not my choice. Also, where did the name ‘Screaming Elf’ ever come from? Definitely not my choice! Good Times. Photo: Kevin Westenberg. #kevinwestenberg #realfilmrealwestenberg #soundgarden

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