If I can dream.
I’m a Bradford based documentary photographer, with a passion for developing long term projects and working with different and diverse groups of people. But when I dipped my toe into the world of the Elvis Tribute Artist I was totally unprepared for what I would find, and had no idea that it would turn into an on- going mission to document and celebrate the phenomenon that is the ETA.
I can think of no other performer who inspires such a huge number of tribute artists, portraying all the different stages of his career. Despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that Elvis never toured outside America, his UK fan base is huge and massively supportive of the work of these guys (and the occasional gal!) Forty six years on from Elvis’ death they are going from strength to strength, with a new generation of young tribute artists now playing to fans who weren’t even born when Elvis was alive.
It’s pure, joyous, escapism at its finest, and it’s alive and well in venues big and small, up and down the country. I can’t say for certain, but I’m pretty sure that Elvis would approve.