Earlier this week I was lucky enough to get assigned to shoot the re-dedication of the Indian Memorial at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. They installed the etched granite panels at the monument and it looks fantastic. There was a giant celebration to commemorate the event that also coincided with the 138th anniversary of the battle. You can read Sue Olp’s story about the ceremony here:Ceremony marks completion of Indian Memorial on anniversary of Little Bighorn Battle.
Supaman stopped by my studio at the Gazette the other day to record a video for a remake of his ‘Prayer Song.’ Recently, Supaman has been working on incorporating a loop machine into his hip hop act in order create a one-man-band performance. In addition the loop machine, he has also has begun to incorporate traditional Apsaalooke music into his hip hop. He scratches on an old record of traditional crow songs and loops a traditional drum beat and flute track. He also has shunned his street clothes for a Fancy Dance outfit.
When he first approached me about his new venture of wearing his fancy dance outfit to perform hip hop, I was a bit skeptical. But once we got into the studio and I began to hear the music he was making, my skepticism dissipated and I began to get very excited about putting out this video. I strongly encourage you to check out this video. Supaman’s personality and ability to put on a great performance really shine through. Caution, however, the phenomenal music might get stuck in your head.
Here is a video from his last visit to the studio where he demonstrated Fancy Dance.
This week I shot two pretty amazing individuals. The first was Christian Parrish Takes The Gun aka Supaman. Hes a member of the Absalooke (Crow) Nation. He was invited to this years Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to Fancy Dance on one of the floats. He is also a pretty talented rapper, so I am hoping to get him back in the studio to perform some of his music in the near future. In the video Christian gives describes the origins of Fancy Dance and then demonstrates his skills.
The second is another Wyoming country artist, Doug Balmain, who like fellow Wyoming artist Teka Brock shuns the pop country sounds of Nashville to create more heartfelt and personal music.
These were both shot with a Canon 5d MKIII and a Canon 70D. A GoPro Hero 2 was also used on Doug’s video.
Here is a music video of Christian aka Supaman shot by B.L.A.D.E.
Zoë and I went to the Crow Fair parade today so that Tara could sleep in. I shot these while we were there. I was hoping to get shots of the dancing and horse races, but those events started too late, and Zoë was getting tuckered out. I think some will get posted to the Billings Gazette’s website. I’ll post a link later, if they are posted.
Update: Here is the gallery on the Gazette’s page: http://bit.ly/qSvzTc