If you ever see a guy at a show standing near the front wearing glasses, a flannel and a backpack with a camera hanging on his shoulder by a strap, it’s probably Eric Martinez. Locally infamous for being in several of the worst-named bands this region has ever known (Hatchback, Eat a Bag of Dicks… and don’t even get me started on Opposable Thumbs…), Eric has been a mainstay of the New Orleans DIY scene since he was a teenager (he’s also an occasional Antigravity contributor). Born and raised in Gretna, he started taking pictures all the time when he was 15 or 16 years old. “I had an instant, point-and-click Fuji camera. I took a bunch of pictures with that,” he says. “The first time I ever took a picture that was messed up, I was taking pictures of this band called the Vendors at the Faubourg Center. The batteries in the camera were slowing down and the film was advancing really slowly. I got the picture back and it was real blurry and messed up, and that’s when I was like, ‘Yes, that’s what I want to keep doing.’” After that, he’d purposefully try to use bad batteries to slow down the film. Eventually, Eric just started using his mom’s Minolta SRT 101 from the late 1970s and that’s been his go-to camera ever since. The photographs Eric will be showing at the New Orleans Community Printshop will all have been shot within the last couple of months. The show will feature black and white prints developed in the darkroom of the Community Printshop itself.
“Ex-members of…” photos by Eric Martinez and past and present show fliers from various artists will be presented on Saturday, June 8th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the New Orleans Community Printshop, 1201 Mazant St.