Moby’s photographs find their place at Samuel Owen Gallery

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Above: Images from singer and songwriter Moby’s first photography book, “Destroyed,” will be on display at the Samuel Owen Gallery in Greenwich from March 15 to April 12. Moby is expected to attend the opening reception, which is set for March 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

From time to time, perhaps you’ve wondered what it is like to live the life of an internationally known singer, songwriter, DJ, musician and photographer. Perhaps, you haven’t.

Either way, a new show opening on Thursday, March 15, at the Samuel Owen Gallery, 378 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, offers a unique perspective into the life of traveling musician Richard Melville Hall, who is better known as Moby.

The gallery will be featuring some of the images found in his first photography book, “Destroyed,” which was published last year to coincide with the release of his 10th album of the same name. (You can see a video for one of the tracks of that album, “Sevastopol,” below. One can see some of the experiences that inspired the images in the book.)

Although Moby, who grew up in Darien, may be better known for his music, he has been honing his photography talent for nearly 40 years, spurred to explore this side of his creativity after receiving a camera at age 9 from his uncle and professional photographer, Joseph Kugielsky.

As Moby writes in the book’s introduction, he would eventually become the “repository” for his uncle’s equipment hand-me-downs, which would lead him to start tinkering in the dark room. He further notes:

Once I learned how to work in a darkroom, I became truly obsessed, shooting all day and developing and printing all night. I started saving up to buy photo books (as well as saving up to buy records and musical equipment).

All that work resulted in a dual love of music and photography, which Moby carried along with him as he toured the world. The photos in the book become a kind of touring dairy that conveys the deep contrast between, as Moby puts it, “the complete immersion in seas of people” and the “complete isolation.” He writes:

“One minute on tour you’re by yourself in a soul-less airport, the next minute you’re flying over the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. One minute on tour you’re by yourself in a soul-less backstage area, the next minute you’re on stage in front of 75,000 people. Touring is all contrasts and strangeness, and that’s what I’ve tried to convey through these pictures.”

Moby is expected to be at the opening reception, which runs 6 to 9 p.m. He will be signing books during the first hour. The show runs through April 12. RSVPs for the reception are appreciated, by calling 203-325-1924 or by emailing rsvp@samuelowen.com

Christina Hennessy

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