Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has posted a couple of amazing Iggy Pop and Josh Homme photos since the announcement of Iggy’s 2016 album ‘Post Pop Depression’ – and among musicians, he’s got one of the best Instagram feeds out there, thanks to his obscene photography skills. He’s a frequent user of film over digital, and below each photo he tells his followers what camera and lens he’s used. Here we take a look at 11 of his best.
1. This one, from January 22, shows Josh Homme and Iggy Pop in the famous Joshua Tree National Park in California, with the famous trees in soft-focus in the background. Unlike most of his others, this is shot on digital with a Sony A7 camera and Nikon lens.
2. Probably shot on the same day as the previous one, this Where’s Wally shot of a bare-chested Iggy looks like an optical illusion until you look closer.
3. This arty shot of his baby daughter Amelia’s actual pram was done on Ilford XP2 B&W film, using a Leica M6 – handhelds that were decommissioned in 1998.
4. Shot last year on his Leica, this black-and-white shot shows his fiancée, Breana McDow, holding up her crossbow. As you do.
5. Catching anything in detail when facing this light would ordinarily be hard, but Helders chose T-Max 400 – apparently the sharpest 400-speed B&W film in the world – to get the important details of his fiancée’s almost-silhouette, ice cream and spoon in hand.
6. Who is it? Miles bloody Kane, of course. Is that his Last Shadow Puppets collaborator Alex Turner you can see in the reflection, too?
7. He’s used Portra 160 for this retro shot of a funfair.
8. This double-exposure shot of a pregnant Breana is created with Fujifilm’s Superia 400 film. Cool, right?
9. Portra 160 in a 3D camera – the Nishika N9000 – has created this 3D effect on a mid-flight seagull.
10. Cheeky hipster selfie here.
11. Finally, of course, is this photo of Helders editing film the hard way. What a pro.