I was recently asked to provide imagery for a Projekt Records double CD re-issue of Berkeley-based ambient composer Forrest Fang’s early works, Migration and Wolf at the Ruins. I’ve done several CD covers for Forrest and Project in recent years but the deadline for this one came up fast in early May. I found a handful of thematically fitting images and during the initial search, I came across this one, which I was inspired to push further in processing, applying a heavy blur with the intent of blending it with another image. Then I recognized that it was strong enough by itself. It has the vague feel of a starry sky mapped out on a grid. So it was left. We went with another, much warmer and more organic image.
After everything was sent to the pressing plant I got an e-mail from Forrest asking if I had anything else, this time for a re-issue of his second LP, Some Brighter Stars. Yes, actually, now that you mention it! I’ll say nothing about the actual subject of the photo other than to mention that it involved a classic Modernist building from the 1950s. Sometimes the stars align themselves.