Ric Carter & 1970’s “Counterculture” Photography
A special thanks to a close friend of BBS, Max Perlmutt, for bringing a very rad photo spread to our attention. The focus of the spread follows 10 or so snapshots from “counterculture” photographer and UNC Chapel Hill graduate, Ric Carter. The entry was submitted on a community Chapel Hill site called, “Chapel Hill Memories“. We couldn’t dig up too much about this dude, but we are tightening our fists with jealousy upon reading this entry and browsing through this collection.
Imagine what it would’ve been like attending college in Tobacco Road in the ’70’s. Grateful Dead is playing festivals at Duke. Zappa is stopping by Charlotte. The excitement of running back to the dark room to develop raw film after mind-melting performances. The streets of Carrboro must have been absolutely NUTS.
We like to think Carter has a similar approach to capturing his subject on stage through the lens of his camera in comparison to a lot of the original photography on BBS – singling out only what matters on stage, often producing portraits that perfectly seize a moment in musical history. But we would only hope to chase his level of documentation and artistry in a time in music history that will one day (hopefully) be looked back upon with a similar level of nostalgia and reverence … maybe in the coming years – we will see. Any tips, Mr. Carter?
To read the post from Chapel Hill Memories – CLICK HERE
To explore Ric Carter’s website – CLICK HERE