Arctic Monkeys guitarist Jamie Cook was recently spotted at the beach via Katie’s Instagram story.
his job is beach 🌊 – jamie cook via katie's instagram story pic.twitter.com/FNdIhoojWI
— arctic monkeys archive (@arcticmolnkeys) October 5, 2023
Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders recently spoke about shooting the cover artwork for the band’s latest album, and his approach to photography on the whole.
It has been noted that in a recent interview with The New Yorker, Helders recalled that he captured the image featured on the front of ‘The Car’ with a long lens from the window of his former apartment in Los Angeles.
“This was in 2019, before we’d started any music for the album,” the musician said. “Alex [Turner] was, like, ‘Oh, wow’. He thought it told a story and that he might write something about it.”
The photograph in question features a lone white vintage car on the top floor of a multi-storey car park.
Helders also talked about being inspired by Terry O’Neill, the British photographer whose pictures capture subjects candidly or in unconventional settings. O’Neill, as TNY notes, also assisted in the birth of rock photography in the early ’60s.
The drummer told the outlet that he prefers domestic scenes over the iconic style of photographers like O’Neill.
Discussing his own photos of Arctic Monkeys, Helders explained: “It’s not clear they’re a band. They’re not doing anything that’s rock, but you can tell there’s something about them.” Helders, who documents AM’s tour life on his Instagram page, added: “I try to make the mundane interesting.”
The sticksman uses a Leica M11 digital camera and also shoots in 35mm on a Leica Minilux, Leica M6 and Leica M4, per some of his recent posts.
The latest photo on his account is of Turner’s recognisable side profile in silhouette on a grey backdrop behind a sofa and a cardboard box.
“I have a folder on my phone called ‘The Backs’,” Helders explained. “If I’m walking around the street and someone looks interesting from the back, that’s fine with me. I don’t need to ask them to turn around.”