It’s not hard to understand why Jamie Hince started taking photos. As the guitarist and singer for the rock band The Kills, he’s had the chance to travel the world and take in more than his share of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
“I suppose with The Kills, with music, I try to just be something better than I think I am,” Hince explains. “So when we first went on tour, I was like, this is it; this is going to be the peak. I was living the life and was afraid I’d never go back to New York or to L.A., so I obsessively tried to photograph it all.”
And now that he’s a world-famous musician whose band is crisscrossing the globe on tour at this very moment? Well, these days Hince finds inspiration a little closer to home. After all, he’s married to Kate Moss. “My wife’s very photogenic,” he says (in something of an understatement). “So I love taking pictures of her.”
Beginning June 10, Hince will display his photographs for the first time in an exhibit titled Echo Home at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery in partnership with Rational Animal. It’s an experience that the rocker admits has him a bit unnerved.
“This is the first time that my photos will stop being a secret,” he says. “And it’s not technically impressive photography.”
Still, he says putting on the show—which features intimate, endearing images of life on the road as well as Hince’s photogenic (and often famous) friends—has been an educational experience.
“One thing that’s come out of this is that I’ve found I like looking at the collection of my photographs together; there’s something about that, and I’m interested in pursuing it,” he says. It’s a surprising feeling for Hince. “So much of my life is laid out in public that it was difficult putting some of those pictures up. I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to.”
Check out these images from Hince’s show, and you’ll definitely be glad he did.