I photographed musician Brian Wilson at his home in Los Angeles. The story that the photos were to accompany was a retrospective, a look back at the career of the man who wrote, arranged and produced “Pet Sounds” — considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time. Once the reporter and I arrived, we were led upstairs to the room where Wilson writes most of his music. The space is equipped with a baby grand piano, adorned with the many music awards bestowed on Wilson and the chair you see in the photo. Wilson explained he often sits in that chair while writing lyrics. The interview took 45 minutes and I had about 30 minutes to snap a few photos, including this one. As I sat through the interview, I noticed the beautiful curves of the chair where Wilson wrote his iconic music. The simple idea of having him look over his shoulder at the camera seemed an ideal way to capture the intense singer-songwriter.
The bio-pic “Love and Mercy” was recently released. It is directed by Bill Pohlad and stars both Paul Dano and John Cusack portraying Wilson during different parts of his life.