Thanks to Eat Pray Love, leaving it all to travel somewhere exotic is not exactly rooted in betterment-to-society purposes, especially when considering Jonathan Brandsteins 2005 adventure.
For the Los Angeles-based photographer, it all began that summer when he peeped a documentary about blues musicians in Mali. Recalls Brandstein, who has, no joke, kicked it with Fidel Castro and had one of his images used as cover art for Jimmy Buffetts Buffet Hotel, I saw this image of these guys sitting in the Saharan desert playing guitar. I said, Im going to go there. I was fascinated. I dont know what this is, but Im going to do this. Six months later, his camera-wielding self was in West Africas prolific musical hub taking thoughtful portraits of some of the most important and unheard of musicians this orb has to offer.
The result is The Sultans of Sand exhibit, which is currently showing at Method Art Gallery & Studios.
Sept. 1-15; Sept. 17-30, 2010