Roy Montgomery I Camera Melancholia 2LP
Camera Melancholia is a double album of instrumental music inspired by and dedicated to Kerry McCarthy (1967-2021) who was Roy's partner for twenty years and the mother of two children they had together. She died from cancer in early 2021 after first being diagnosed in 2014. Kerry was a professional curator in the area of pictorial collections, particularly around photographic material, and her PhD used the work of Roland Barthes to theorise about the legacies of images associated with Antarctic exploration in the early 20th Century. The cover art for Camera Melancholia was provided by Ronnie van Hout, an Aotearoa New Zealand artist associated with the earliest graphic design work for Flying Nun Records. Ronnie was also a very close and longstanding friend of Kerry. The gatefold album includes the text for ten poems written for and about Kerry.