The Record: An Interview with Rick Bedrosian

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Rick Bedrosian is a fine-art photographer as well as a member and founder of the Irish folk band “Hair of the Dog.” His photography exhibit, entitled “Picture This,” is now on display at the McGreevy Pro-Lab, located at 376 Broadway in Albany until the end of January.

Q: What is the theme or focus of this exhibit?
A: Stylistically, it’s very eclectic. I’ve been taking photos since I was a kid and got my first really good camera and became serious about it in the late 1970s. The oldest photo I have in the exhibit is from 1977 at the Palace Theater of Jerry Garcia, and the newest was taken a couple of weeks ago at The Egg of Brian Wilson.

Q: Do you plan on doing more exhibits?
A: I’m hoping to have a show every couple years now, because I’m going to be taking photos like crazy. Also, I didn’t switch to digital and was using 35mm until about year and a half ago. Before I would have to spend money to purchase and develop five rolls of film to get three good pictures, but now, because digital is so much easier and cheaper, I can take thousands.

Q: How did you get into photography?
A: My dad was really into photography. He bought me my first camera, and would continue to do every five years or so. They were nothing extravagant, but he got me thinking about it. I’ve never taken any classes or read any books.

Q: What got you into doing movie reviews?
A: I was always going to the movies since I was a kid and people were always asking me what I would recommend. So many people were asking that I got sick of it and started writing my own reviews. Ray Rettig over at Cotton Hill Studios had been a fan of my written reviews and asked me to write an entertainment podcast series for him, and now we’re getting ready to go into our fourth year. I don’t know a lot about movies, but that’s a strength for my podcasts because it’s more of a regular Joe kind of thing.

Q: Is it difficult to balance all of these passions with your role in Hair of the Dog?
A: Yes. This year I literally just about worked myself to death. It was incredibly busy because I did a lot of work to get my photos ready for this show, re-mastered and re-mixed my solo CD from the mid-1990s. I work 60 to 80 hours a week, every week. But I love what I do. If I work six or eight hours, it feels like I have the day off.

Interview by Tom Caprood