Fans of Frank Turner, get yourselves to south London sharpish, because currently on show at London’s House of Vans – until July 31 – is ‘Get Better: 8 Years On The Road with Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls’, featuring super snaps from photographer Ben Morse. Here are some exclusive pics from the show.
That's Ben on the left, with his old pal Frank at the show's launch. "The gallery as a body of work is like a tour family photo album," says Ben. "It shows in parallel Frank's ascension, together with my skills improving. Frank is an artist who prides himself on being accessible, so it's a privilege to communicate that visually. Prolonged artist/photographer relationships are very rare, but still exist and I'm grateful to House of Vans for allowing me to show the work I do. Artistic collaboration and the work that comes from that sort of friendship is (to me) the best kind of music photography."
Ben: "Frank is happiest on the road. I love this shot from the 2014 Arena tour as its him in his comfort zone."
Ben: Seconds before stage, February 2014. The curtain is called a 'kabuki drop'."
Ben: "A hotel in west Hollywood, hours before a Hotel Cafe show. Frank had got both hands tattooed and is practicing a Butch Walker cover, naturally. The book is Anna Karenina."
Ben: "Alexandra Palace, November 2015. Days after the Bataclan attack. [Playing] 'Demons', for Nick Alexander."
Ben: "Illegal squat show at the 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street. Frank called me in the afternoon and said "You might get arrested, but it'll make for great shots". We didn't, and it did."
Ben: "Another pre-show portrait, Southampton, November 2015."
Ben: "Album launch night for 'Positive Songs For Negative People' at the Garage in Islington August, 2015. It was all a bit much by midnight. I lay down in traffic for this shot."
Ben: "We often do a pre-show photo - everyone is always relaxed and in a good headspace, so they're often fun. This is last September at the legendary 9:30 club in Washington DC."
Ben: "Backstage warm ups, October 2014. The songs Frank chooses to cover have to get practiced somewhere."
High-fives from Ben and Frank on launch night.
Fans check out the art - and you can too, until July 31!
It's free to get in, which is nice. House Of Vans is situated near Waterloo Station, on Station Approach Rd, London, SE1 8SW.