SoSlists is a monthly playlist curated by select humans that work in and/or love music who acknowledge its healing powers. This month's list is by photographer Robert Lundberg.
As I'm attempting to write a piece on music and depression, my eyes tear up reminiscing on two big influences of my musical ear Steven Khabbaz and Mark Leonard (my best friends whom both passed: Steven in 2013 and Mark this past summer). Although this year has been one of the hardest I've experienced during my brief time; rhythm, melodies and beats have taken me to places I would never have imagined.
In my journey documenting musical artists I’ve had the privilege to experience the spectrum of the creation process from the studio to the stage, and I’ve observed the power of music to transcend negativity. It’s amazing this transference of energy, the power that one song can do for a soul; a song can breathe hope, inspire, light the fire within when the light is seemingly dwindling, give courage, and connect.
Beats, rhythm, lyrics, storytelling, and expression. The foundations of the glue that holds communities together, a web of human understanding, a common language no matter the peoples, music has bound cultures throughout time. It’s intrinsic, a language intertwined with our souls. A language that has bound my soul, in which, being no stranger to depression, has allowed me to be okay with myself.
When I’ve been lost, hurt, or overwhelmed by life the universe has always lent a tune or performance that has re-energized my spirit. Music is like that, it’s your best friend reminding you are not alone in this mess we call life. With this in mind, I put together playlist of songs that have helped me find faith within my journey, within myself, and spirit.
Robert Lundberg is an a music, street, and fine art photographer. Originally hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, and currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, he takes his unique and candid style from the street into the world of music. He has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, Vents Magazine, Do NYC, No Depression, The Patch and countless others including podcasts. In October 2017 his work was featured in Chelsea, New York at the Clio Art Fair, and this year he debuted his solo show Uncontaminated Sound at the Bowery Electric.
Lundberg differs from a lot of current day music photographers as he likes to capture the artists in their truest form. His ongoing series Uncontaminated Sound goes behind the scenes to catch the performer before they take the stage.
The series has featured the likes of Macklemore’s Gemini tour featuring Eric Nally (formerly of Foxy Shazam) and Xperience, Louie Anderson, Sinbad, The Felice Brothers, The National, We Are Scientists, Jukebox the Ghost, Ben Lanz (The National/ Beirut), Robert Schwartzman of Rooney and more.
His style is best described as 'raw, organic and gonzo,' as he brings out the spirit of his subjects in the photos.