Behind the Lens With Paul Brouns
Your favorite musician(s) to photograph:
I absolutely loved taking pictures of James Carter's Organ Trio last November at the Bimhuis. He is not only a very versatile musician with a fabulous technique, but also proved to be a great model for photographers: always moving around the stage, took along an impressive range of different saxophones and even a flute. In short: the musical adventure matched my photographic adventure trying to keep up with every change.
Did you know...
It is a secret dream of mine to learn to play the accordion? I am a great admirer of Richard Galliano. I am only a bit afraid that my talent will not match my intentions, but maybe it will be a great experience to learn and play just a few nice matching chords...
Your favorite jazz story:
I do not have a personal jazz story to share so far, otherwise I would love to share it. In my country they also broadcasted the Ken Burns documentary on jazz music. Not only is it full of beautiful music spanning the great part of previous century, it is also illustrated by wonderful photographs and of course it is a great treasure of very personal jazz stories of all those genius musicians. Altogether it is my favorite jazz story book, and a very inspiring one.
For instance I remember the story how Miles Davis dealt with his drug habit by being closed into his parents' house for weeks, and then returning to New York and with great success continued to flourish as a musician.