- The Death of Big Jim Krancan Album Packaging
Adam Richer asked me to put together some packaging for a solo album. We got together for a photo shoot here in Kamloops where I was fortunate enough to book some time in the studio of a local photographer.
In the photo shoot, a projector was used to place images over the subject, the background was lit separately by spotlights. We experimented with projected textures and images of nature and flames. In the end, the geometric shape projections were the preferred shots.
Some long exposure shots were also taken. Using flash bulbs and multiple light sources we came up with some creative images. Adam was a great sport through all of this. Several wardrobe changes and lighting arrangements later, we had our shots.
In an effort to leave the title of the album open to interpretation, and avoid focusing solely on the idea of death, I decided to avoid the colour black entirely for this packaging. I selected lighter washed out colours not usually associated with the idea of death. It helped to present the album in a way that wasn't obvious. The colours chosen for the cd itself were intended to echo the projected patterns used in the photo shoot. In retrospect, the colours used for the disc could have been a lot darker.
Thanks to Bill Frymire for the use of his studio, and help with the lighting.