“wordswords” Album Art
First and foremost, album art must be iconic. It should be instantly recognizable, it should catch the eye, and it should be unique. These were the challenges I faced when tasked to create the artwork for the debut EP of Chicago punkers Guardrail.
The artwork needed to be fun and represent the band’s self-deprecating sense of humor. After writing the album title on his face, I stepped behind the camera and coaxed the band’s singer to imagine himself in a vulnerable and shocking situation in order to capture the surprised look for the close-up front cover shot. The track listing was photographed written on his chest to further the awkwardness of the shoot. Finally, a cold can of beer was poured over his head to serve as an uncomfortable shower to wash off the writing, and also for a silly and surprising graphic for the CD itself.
The photoshoot yielded content that was used in the marketing of the album itself for social media.