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When Kyle Johnson was assigned to shoot the Head and the Heart, he could feel the pressure. With all eyes – and ears – currently on the up-and-coming band, Johnson knew that his shots could capture a defining moment. For inspiration, the Seattle photographer looked to a regional hero in his field. “I definitely was inspired by Jini Dellaccio and her Sonics portraits, which I saw at the Crocodile,” he says of the long-standing photo exhibit at the Belltown club. “It’s about the band members and their personalities.” So Johnson took the band to the Pacific Standard studios on Capitol Hill and shot two rolls of film, capturing this candid moment. “I love the shot you guys chose,” he says. “Chris leaning on Charity. It’s kind of candid. Everyone is serious. But nobody’s pissed.”

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