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The Albert, 5 AM

So we’re gonna kick things off at the print shop with a photo I shot earlier this year.

In June, the Heartbreakers ventured across the pond for their first tour of Europe in more than 20 years, the highlight of which for me was two nights at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London.

The concerts were on a Monday and Wednesday, but the crew had to load out in between the two shows because the Dalai Lama was slated to speak at the venue on the off day. His Holiness was scheduled to load out by 3 AM after his gig, so I figured my only shot to photograph the room completely empty was before our crew was scheduled to start loading back in at 5 AM.

After grabbing a very necessary cup of coffee in the hotel lobby, I made the early-morning walk over through Kensington Gardens, showing up at the stage door just before 4:30 AM. Wandering into the empty hall, I was immediately struck by two things – how quiet it was at that early-morning hour and how incredibly beautiful the place was. It’s truly one of the great jewels of the world.

I shot a load of photos both inside and outside the venue that morning, but I knew I wanted to work with this one soon after after I got it. There’s something about the regal feel of the room in this image: the reds and golds, the lavish filigree that adorns nearly every inch of the space and the gigantic pipe organ in all its splendid glory that anchors the background. I was a bit bummed to discover after the fact that I didn’t get a single frame with the room totally empty; if you look closely, you can see a few workers in hardhats milling around onstage. Oh well. Next time.

I’ve had quite a few people tell me that the photo reminds them of the line in The Beatles’ “A Day In the Life,” “Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.” For a Beatles nut like me, I’ll take that any day of the week!

So here’s the link where you can purchase a print of “The Albert, 5 AM.” All prints are unframed, hand-signed and numbered along a white border. They’re printed on acid-free, high-quality Hahnemuhle Fine Art paper and guaranteed to last a lifetime if professionally framed behind archival glass.

In addition to the fine art prints for sale, I’m auctioning off one 16 x 24″ print of the same image printed on Endura metallic paper, which gives the image a shimmery, almost iridescent feel. This limited-edition print will also be hand-signed and numbered on the back. Here’s what it looks like:

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100% of the proceeds from this auction are going to the American Red Cross to assist with the relief efforts in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Having spent a big chunk of my childhood living in the Tri-State area and with family still there, I felt the need to pitch in and help.

Bid on this one-of-a-kind print benefiting the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief efforts here.

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