Friday, March 13, 2009

Andrew

A very young cellist came to my studio earlier this week, here are a couple of shots we got. I was trying to do something different than the usual "hug your cello" black-and-white headshot that you usually see of musicians. I love this photo.

6 comments:

  1. I love the first photo and I do like the second. I'm clearly not a photographer, but something that I'm not especially enjoying about the photo is the amount of space around him. I find the cello to be a very WARM instrument and he seems so lost with that composition. I'm sure I'm not using the right lingo and I hope this isn't coming off as offensive...

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  2. Scott says. . .

    Not offensive at all! I actually started this blog because I want the input and advice and feelings of other creative people. And I have to admit that I agree with what you say, I think that's exactly what bothered me about this photo!

    Scott

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  3. The first shot has an intensity that the second doesn't possess (not that the second isn't good--it just didn't have the same impact on me). I think it's a combination of the side lighting and the light in the eyes that really makes it so intense. It brings drama while accenting the brightness of his young eyes.

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  4. I agree with monstermommy. I do still like it in a certain way. He looks kind of awkward with his cello, but that makes it kind of interesting to me in some ways. But in the other shot, he looks so in love with his cello, and I'm sure that's how he really feels about his instrument.

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  5. My eye doesn't know where to go in the second one. The first one is outstanding tough.

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  6. I spend a good chunk of my life around string musicians and have seen that hugging the cello shot too many times. I love the first one. But I think he looks very uncomfortable in the second one. It looks like he's thinking my first grade cello teacher is gonna kill me for sitting like this.

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