And So I Watch You From Afar‘s Rory Friers and tour manager & photographer Graham Smith preview No Parachute, a photography book documenting their life on the road with the band A work in progress exhibition of No Parachute will launch in Established, Belfast on Thursday 18th December from 8pm-10pm. Established is located at 54 Hill Street, Belfast. There will be coffee (by Established) and food (by Ursa Minor). The exhibition will be in place for three days.
Graham Smith is the tour manager for And So I Watch You From Afar. He was an award winning full-time photographer from 2001- 2008 before selling all of his camera equipment and making the Apple iPhone his chosen device to document his life. Rory Friers is a full-time musician and producer, he is one quarter of And So I Watch You From Afar and makes music in various other forms and solo projects. And So I Watch You From Afar are approaching their 10th year as a band with their 4th album due in 2015.
No Parachute is a book and photographic project launching in 2015. It comprises of photographs taken on and off the road by us over the past few years documenting the duelling lives of band people and the contrasting moments that we are presented with along the way. From sureness and bliss to the harsh and unpleasant, from the grand to the humble, the photos look at music and the lives it creates around it, the battle between pursuit of a dream and the need for security and routine.
“We found the above themes coming out more and more in our respective photographs, all taken with our iPhones. A common thread ran between our photos, so after many a late night and early morning chats, we decided to take it further. No Parachute was born.”