Photography by Paul Dunlap, associate professor of visual arts at the University of North Georgia, of musician Amy Ray was featured in the January 31 issue of Rolling Stone.
|Amy Ray's new album cover, courtesy of Paul Dunlap and Denise Plumb.|
"I have been working with Amy on her solo projects since 2008," Dunlap said. "These images have been used for album covers, album liner notes, tour posters, and publicity of all forms, including websites, newspapers, magazines, and tour t-shirts."
When working with Ray, Dunlap said he usually spends some time listening to music from the album they are promoting to help form imagery for the photos. Afterward he and Ray discuss their ideas to develop a plan for the shoot.
"Our approach to this album, 'Goodnight Tender,' was a little bit different. She knew she wanted her debut country album to have a retro late 60s - early 70s look," Dunlap said. "Because it was evident that the final design for this would be as much graphic design as photography, she hired a graphic designer in Los Angeles, Denise Plumb, to work with us. The idea was to photograph Amy on a completely white backdrop so that the images could easily be lifted and placed into any artificial environment Denise created."
Dunlap added that the process was challenging, as they went through numerous clothing changes, hairstyles and props, all the while trying to predict what Plumb might do with them. He said it was also a lot of fun, and he always looks forward to Ray's invitations.
Dunlap has also had images featured in The Advocate, CNN, American Life, and on numerous websites.