Private Collection: Robert Hart, better known as Lost In Crystal Canyons
Is this the coolest guitar collection in the world? 40,000 Instagram users can’t be wrong.
Scrolling through the relentless parade of pictures on your Instagram feed has become one of the easiest ways to kill time, especially if you’re a guitarist. The supply of interesting gear to gawk at and lust after is seemingly endless, and for some gear companies it has become the most important place to market their wares. It’s also a fantastic place to discover new musicians.
Amid the all of the noise, however, some accounts stand out because they bring a high-end artistic sensibility to the table that goes way beyond a quick mobile phone snap with a grainy vintage filter applied to it – Lost In Crystal Canyons is undoubtedly one of those.
Named after a lyric from the song Thrasher – one of Neil Young’s most vivid slices of acoustic balladry – the account is run by the affable Robert Hart: an unabashed guitar fanatic from New Zealand whose Shadowlands photography studio is situated in the historic Auckland suburb of Eden Terrace.
Hart’s guitar collection is a mixture of classic designs, modern boutique instruments and pawn shop curios, with a common thread: everything is cool as hell. Robert was kind enough to shoot some choice guitars from his envious treasure trove especially for Guitar Magazine and – as is often the case on his Instagram account – they are surrounded by an artful selection of gear, clothing and vintage ephemera.
The man certainly knows how to dress a scene, but how did his love affair with guitars catch fire? “My first guitar was a black Epiphone S-type I bought when I was 14 years old,” Robert recalls.