BRIDGEWATER BULLETIN / PROGRESS ENTERPRISE - For the Week of March 5, 2003
Bridgewater photographer captured images of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll history Lennon, Jagger, Hendrix, Joplin and Dylan.
With a camera as his ticket, Eric Hayes earned a pass into the lives of legends.
The Bridgewater resident will display some of his 1960s photographs - four of which appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine - during a show at Halifax's ViewPoint Gallery beginning on March 6.
They spent six months travelling through India, taking still pictures during a movie shoot, before moving to London, England for most of the next two years.
He spent a week at a bed and breakfast with Joe Cocker, got to know The Who and became good friends with legendary folk-rock band Fairport Convention.
However, that wasn't the experience he remembers best.
Mary Dixon photo
|Bridgewater's Eric Hayes prints a picture of Janis Joplin, which he took in 1969. It's one of his 42 archival rock 'n' roll prints that will be on display at Halifax's ViewPoint Gallery, beginning March 6.|
The self-confessed photo school drop-out also spent two days in the Rolling Stones' recording studio while they recorded Beggars Banquet.
The original photographer at Rolling Stone magazine's London office, he said there was no secret to his success as a photojournalist.
In 1969, after tiring of the trendy fashion movement in Britain, he decided to get back to nature.
By the time he first visited Nova Scotia in 1982, he was a divorced father of two.
Now remarried to local photographer Mary Dixon, he's lived in Bridgewater since 1989, and recently decided to show his work from the '60s.
Forty-two of his remaining pictures will be on display in ViewPoint Gallery at 2050 Gottingen Street in Halifax on Wednesdays through Sundays from noon until 5 p.m, beginning on March 7. He will host an opening reception on March 6 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.