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Tom Jones
Bright Lights

It was 1989 when “The Voice” Tom Jones came to the Beverly Boulevard Studio. For all his good looks and charisma, his Welsh accent is Tom Jones’ most compelling feature. He had an infectious smile, a dynamic sensuality, and exuded that show-stopping charm from every pore. No wonder the women were crazy for him. His fusion of talent and style had filled every concert venue in the last ten years. He had just collaborated with the Art of Noise on a cover of Prince’s “Kiss” and the music video won an MTV Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year. His energy and openness were spontaneous and I wanted to capture that “forever cool” aspect of his persona.

Yet, for all his success and talent, this vocal and raucous powerhouse was considered by some to be too forward vocally and sexually. Jones had detractors who resented his winning ways and his talent. I admired his achievements and stage presence, so I was determined to create a photo that would make his critics even more envious.

Since he was appearing in Las Vegas, I used the star filters and the bigger than life camera angles that I normally reserve for women subjects for Tom. We set the bright lights and strobe effects in motion. The trendy clothing was important as it characterized him as the true King of Disco. All these elements allowed me to secure on film the proud essence of this ambitious man. In turn, it gave him the atmosphere he needed to be in control of his larger-than-life image.


Technical Notes: The sets for Tom Jones were made in my studio under my direction. We used various materials including black vinyl and Plexiglas sheets. I used a Hasselblad camera with lens choices from 50 to 80 mm on the full-length shots, and 150 to 250 mm on the close-ups. I commissioned custom-made star filters with a mirror screen imprint on the optical glass for the full-length photos.

The black and white shots were taken with Kodak TriX film, 70 mm size. Fifteen-foot rolls in D-76 developer were used. Lighting was all Ascor strobes with multi-colored gels over the background spotlights. I used Kodak Ektachrome 220 film for the color shots. We did very little retouching on Jones’ photos as he has a wonderful complexion and uses very little make-up.

© 2004 Harry Langdon and Sheryl Turner.
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Tom Jones

He had just collaborated with the Art of Noise on a cover of Prince’s “Kiss” and the music video won an MTV Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year

I was determined to create a photo that would make his critics even more envious

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