Musicians At Play ~ Penelope

I am so excited to start a new winter project. The necessary self assignment to survive the dreadful Minnesota winter between travel/workshops and to feed my artist soul.

This new series is about music and passion. I simply record the musicians practicing in the intimacy of their home or studio. I come to the space for the first time, meet my subject and let the music and the light guide me to create the most intimate portraits of the artist, always unstaged and unposed. This project is shot at 35mm with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation using ambient light and minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with light and my camera, not with Lightroom. I play with slow shutter speed and backlit situations as I would when I am shooting on the streets.


My first musician is the amazing 16 year-old Penelope who has been playing the violin for 13 years! I only spent a few minutes with her but I could have listened to her for hours!

I hope you enjoy this new winter series. I’m loving every minute of shooting it and I cannot wait to meet my next musician! The series will find its home on my website in this gallery.

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25 thoughts on “Musicians At Play ~ Penelope

  1. Hi Valerie. I said this on your Instagram feed, but I really like how you can isolate detail. I always have to remind myself of this. I especially like the shot of the sheet music with hand written notes. Looking forward to the rest of the series.


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