David Gilmour - On An Island photo shoot
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 14 February 2006

With the release of David Gilmour's new album, On An Island, just three weeks away now, preparations for the launch and publicity activities are gathering pace. As part of this, David recently spent some time with respected rock photographer Ross Halfin for a photo shoot, which you can see the results of...and also buy prints of!

David Gilmour © Ross Halfin
David Gilmour, February 2006 © Ross Halfin
At Ross's website, he runs a diary of his activities. Here's an extract, showing what he was up to on February 2nd:

    "Today I am shooting outdoors. It is of course FREEZING... My subject is David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, or Diamond Dave to his friends. I'm not expecting this to go well. His PR had expressed (in a Felicity Kendall voice) no interest whatsoever in what I was trying to do. When I voiced concern about the time limit set by them, all I got was 'HAVEN'T YOU HEARD OF RE-TOUCHING?' So I was not looking forward to this. Well, Diamond Dave turned up on time. He was the politest and nicest musician I've dealt with since Rory Gallagher, I was shocked. I was shooting on his boathouse which is his studio floating on the Thames. It was a pleasure to work with him."

Ross took some stunning shots as part of the session, and at www.rosshalfin.co.uk you can see a selection of 26 great pictures (one of them shown to the right) - these are mainly black and white, and sepia, although there are some subtly coloured shots too.

If you want to treat yourself, Ross is selling prints of all the pictures. Prints are available in 3 sizes: 20" x 16", 16" x 12", and 12" x 10". Black and white and lith prints are printed on fibre-based paper to archival standards; colour prints are printed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. All prints are individually hand printed only when you order, and Ross personally checks and signs all prints prior to despatch. Please note, sizes are in inches, not in centimetres.

Our thanks to Ross for his help. The image shown here is © Ross Halfin and used strictly with permission. No unauthorised use permitted.