This is the funniest gig photo for me. There’s something
charmingly dumb about it, something surreal, and a teeny
bit retro if you like. Well not like TV commercials or phone
companies with their professional, elegant trendy styles,
but rather, a good deal of house of culture with its old,
dusty curtains, plastic wainscot, buffet bar and ikebana.
(If you remember that.)
Because a photos compresses information in lucky cases.
It brings things together in a way we expect them to come
together, we can plan the effect beforehand, and still the
arrangement, the lights, shadows, colors, motions and the
environment can come together as something quite different
from what we were planning. Think about it: if you should
make drawings about concerts just like trials in the US,
we’d have completely different means for compressing, recording
coarsely, composing, etc. A photo doesn't lie, seemingly.
Still, quite often there’s an angle, a sight, which is funny,
awkward or silly. In a drawing, this is defined beforehand.
It’s going to be a documentary drawing, a caricature, a
study, or a sketch for a painting or a photo. In the latter
case, the pieces of a sequence, their connectivity is more
important than the quality of the drawings. The quality
of drawing is not very important, what matters is what comes
after what, just like in a screenplay.
The picture above displays everything that makes a gig photo
funny, grotesque but at least hilarious. Imagine, it would
be so interesting to show this photo to somebody coming
from a distant and foreign culture and ask them to tell
us what is in the picture, what they are doing. He might
talk about big hairy gods or demons who are most probably
dancing a ritual dance in a tent. One of them is in trance,
he is probably in close connection with spirits, while the
other one is pulling strings on a stick in order to tranquilize
the angry demons, and the women have already taken out the
pots in the background for cooking in the evening.