Two weeks ago today, I met Eddie Vedder. It was after a 3 month-long campaign called, ‘I Want To Take A Portrait Of Eddie Vedder’, which I named because that was precisely what I wanted to do. I ran that campaign as though being unsuccessful wasn’t an option. But it still surprised the hell out of me when I received word that it was going to happen.
I was given the opportunity right before Ed’s second show in Adelaide. My sister was with me. It was on March 28th.
I’ll be honest: I was a mess as I sat waiting to meet him. But as soon as we were ushered in and I took my camera out of my bag, I somehow got it together. That’s not to say that there wasn’t a slight tremble in my hands the whole time I was shooting.
I was given enough time to take a few shots. Interestingly, I have captured different expressions of Ed, and different moods. Still, each look that he gave me stopped my heart. In fact, I told him so. But I’m not sure if he heard me say it.
There is so much to say about my experience. So many details to share — specifics that I will never forget for as long as I live. I’d like to be able to have a chance to officially tell the whole story – from when I first decided to do the project, along with my first impressions of meeting Eddie, what we spoke about, down to his wonderful song dedication for me at the second show.
As I have mentioned before on my campaign website, this was more than a portrait quest for me. It turned out to be a life-changing journey with major rewards, a big finale, and a new perspective on life.
Anyway, I’m quite certain that readers have skipped this block of text and have gone right to the image by now. :) As attached as I am to all the images that I took (and there are some that are more intense than the one that is shown today), I really needed to choose the one that I did.
So, for those of you that are wondering what sort of a guy Eddie is… let’s just say that he was aware of the campaign and came prepared…