The Artist and The Space: Andrew
This week I had the privilege to spend time with Andrew Dipper, a renowned maker and restorer of fine violins and cellos from London. Andrew is also a historian and a writer. He now works in Minneapolis as vice president at the prestigious Claire givens Violins, Inc.
While I photographed Andrew at work, I really enjoyed our conversation about some of the rarest instruments he’s worked on as well as some famous violinmakers whose portraits he collects in his studio. The precision of the artistry required to work on such instruments is incredible. Andrew shared with me that a luthier often works for several years on guitar restoration before graduating to violins and cellos which are much more complex instruments. Once again, I left this experience with utmost respect for the passion and craftsmanship of an art I knew so little about.
This project is feeding my artist soul and my curiosity at the same time.
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ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.
As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.
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