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Charles Bradley – Bumbershoot 2011
Charles Bradley performing at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle

By Will Austin

Will Austin’s award-winning photography has taken him around the world. Although he regularly does editorial work, Will specializes in documenting cutting-edge architecture and industrial workplaces. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and son, but hails from Colorado cowboy country.

November 18, 2011

“Soul revival” “Neo-Soul” “Southern Soul” – call it what you wish, Charles Bradley is the real deal. Like a time traveler he comes to us from the way back machine and delivers his powerful funk/soul/R&B mix, laying low all who see him live.  When I asked my more musically-inclined friends who to photograph at Bumbershoot this year they all said “Don’t miss Charles Bradley!”  He is called “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” for a reason.  Of course he blew away all expectations, literally preaching to the crowd, singing, dancing, wailing and crying, pouring out his heart and soul.  It was a difficult edit, I couldn’t stand to toss any photos of him!

I hope you take time to watch his amazing video + check out the photos below.

Charles Bradley performing at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle

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2 Comments

  1. Blake Robinson

    Great Work, Will! nice to hear his singing against the flash sequence of your images – sweet!

  2. Will Austin

    Thanks Blake! It was amazing to see him live and I feel priveledged to have been able to take some photos.