Photo Journal

In the Leaves

A woodsy portrait shoot for an NC-based musician friend.

My buddy Josh plays American Primitive fingerpicking guitar, a style pioneered by John Fahey in the 1950s. It's seen as a blend of minimalist avant-garde classical with traditional country blues sensibilities. At first listen you'd be forgiven for mistaking it as run-of-the-mill bluegrass instrumental music. But listen closer and you start to notice pattern and nuance, like the fractals of fern leaves. The music is intricate yet earthy, heady yet heartfelt.