Been listening to Kode9 & the Spaceape’s recent live set at The Boiler Room and a familiar but unexpected something floated through the speakers….”Whose lyrics are those, and what is that melody? Oh shit, that’s The The!” I had two of their albums on repeat last week. So that lead me in turn to check on what is happening in The The world. The answer, writing the score for the film ‘Moonbug’, centered around a project of photographer Steve Pyke
I first met Steve Pyke on-board a flight to Beirut with the band Les Negresses Vertes, I their press officer he and was a music press photographer for the NME, covering their concert in the city that was just waking to a new dawn after eighteen years of war.
Now based in the US, Steve caught the ‘Moonbug’, setting out on a journey across States in his search to meet and photograph the Apollo space pioneers. A journey in which he was to meet the adventurers, risk takers and dreamers who were behind one of the most historic endeavours of our time.
From living rooms, and moonscape deserts, to Cape Canaveral, Steve captures these men in frank, revealing portraits, while unravelling their very personal and divergent memories.
Documented by filmmaker Nichola Bruce with rare archive footage and an original score by Matt Johnson, Moonbug is both a photographic road trip and an exploration of how photographs become signposts for history.