Rosalie Cunningham (Purson) | Kerrang Magazine | Issue 1615

Rosalie Cunningham of Purson for Kerrang!


On a cold and rainy day in March, I was arriving at the amazing Hollycombe Working Steam Museum outside of Guidlford.  If you have never heard of it, I highly recommend you check it out.  They have working stream engines, steam trains, and most importantly steam powered fun fair rides.  These rides are absolutely amazing.  Put aside that they are steam powered (which is awesome), they are relics and they look it.  They are haunting, looming, and simply amazing…and it was the perfect location for this shoot!


I was at the Hollycombe Steam Museum to photography Rosalie Cunningham for a New Wave of Weird feature in Kerrang.  The feature was to explore and highlight some of the amazing, unexpectedly awesome music coming out right now.  It featured bands like Black Peaks and Vodum, and the band I was here to photograph… Purson.  If you haven’t heard Purson, you NEED to check them out. They are a modern throwback to amazing 70’s music.  If you were to put Jefferson Airplane in a time machine, and transport them here and let them get a little modern influence…you would be close to what Purson is all about.


As I mentioned, it was pretty rainy on the day of the shoot.  Ok, maybe pretty rainy is understating it.  It was absolutely tipping it down on the day of the shoot, it was also cold, and very windy!  This limited us to shooting in places that were covered.  This was fine, though it did rule out a couple of the rides I wanted to shoot on.  But in the end, we found an amazing carousel and a cool indoor storage place that we shot in.


Here is a tear sheet of the image Kerrang ran with….




And here is the image as it was shot…just to get a sense of the overall shot.




I love the giant steam engine behind here in the photo.  As I said, these fun fair rides were pretty amazing.


We also did a few shots in that storage room I mentioned, and got some great images with the (creepy) horses for the carousel rides.




As you can see, these horses are the stuff of nightmares, and fit this shoot perfectly!!!  That image (the one above) is probably my favourite image from the shoot.  It helps that Rosalie was absolutely amazing to work with, and really gave an amazing expression for this shot.


The Selfie:


As always, I take a selfie with whomever I am photographing…it’s not often that I am smiling in them though!  Most of the time I am pulling some crazy face, but this one deserved a smile!  😀







This shoot used my Nikon d800e and entirely my 50mm 1.8 lens.  For both shots, I used two Elinchrom Quadra’s with the key being shot through a big octobox, and the rim bare.



The Band:


Purson… be sure to check them out!!!