On view May 28th – July 1st
For House of Sound, his first solo photography exhibition at Stumptown Coffee Roaster’s Downtown space, Chris Bennett spent time in record stores, vintage stereo repair shops, vintage retail shops and people’s houses, photographing and having conversations about why they listen to music the way they do. From Portland to Seattle, New York and Berlin, Germany, the love, passion and obsession for music and listening is a common thread that runs through all of the people and shops, connecting us all together to the moment we first felt the sound.
When I was 10, a family friend who lived down the street gave me my first record, KISS Alive II (gatefold double vinyl no less!). The memory of that record being given to me, and the first time I listened to it on my mom’s record player, will always be with me. The album was already well loved, the years of playing coming out in pops and crackles when I placed the needle on the record. As the opening song, Detroit Rock City, began, I opened the gatefold to see a full panoramic image of a giant stage, pyrotechnic flames and sparks erupting behind the swaggering figures of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley. I envisioned myself there, right up at that stage and felt the heat and the rush of the loud music.
Chris Bennett is a photographer and photo educator living in Portland, Oregon. Bennett is the founder and Director of Newspace Center for Photography. He is currently pursuing his MFA at the Hartford Art School.
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