Photographer Shane McCauley speaks from experience. McCauley has been with travel friend and fellow artist Diplo for nearly a decade, chronicling their adventures of the seemingly boundless world of music scenes.
McCauley & Diplo’s trips to observe and report have resulted in books, zines, full-length films, and countless stories. We sat down with McCauley to talk about how music has changed his life, and about his aim to inspire others—as shown at the “Blow Your Head” Exhbition in the Sonos Studio. In his own words, McCauley has been creating “Blow Your Head” as a personal diary showing “a snapshot of reality that’s a bit more humble,” than the glamorous music images we see so often.
Tell me about what the rest of the world hears.
There’s so much to cover it’s almost overwhelming. I want to go back to South Africa and spend a few months there. I want to hang out in Cape Town and try to make sense of it all. Crazy shit happens in South Africa that I’ve never heard of. You can’t Google about it, it’s Africa. And it drives me crazy because I’ll never be able to do it any kind of justice. Jamaica, Brazil, Mexico, Latin America—I want to go to Columbia, Venezuela—and find out about all that happens down there that’s really fascinating. But people have their own vibe and you can’t just come in and say ‘okay, stop everything you’re doing and help me.’ It takes time. Everybody has lives, and you have to work within that.