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Angela Boatwright

11x14 Layne Staley / Alice In Chains 1991 / 2


Image of 11x14 Layne Staley / Alice In Chains 1991 / 2

This is a photograph of Layne Staley from Alice In Chains performing live at The Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio in 1991 or 1992 was taken by my mother(!), Barbara Taylor.

In the mid 80's I became obsessed with heavy metal and my mom would take me to see the bands. She was looking for additional sources of income at the time and began photographing bands live for a variety of local publications. She set up a darkroom in her house and allowed me to use it whenever I wanted. I started snapping photographs a million miles a minute and loved printing images of my friends in the darkroom. I would lock myself int he darkroom for for hours and hours, inhaling huge amounts of toxic chemicals and honing my skills. My mom eventually quit taking photos because the business side of the industry drove her crazy, but she managed to create a very timely, exciting library of bands beforehand.

I got my mom into heavy metal music and she got my into photography. Full circle.

This Alice in Chains snap was taken at a show that was clearly a one-off, possibly on an off-date during the Clash of the Titans tour in 1991.

11x14 C print
very limited set of 20, signed