Musicians At Play ~ Michael, James and Nick

I reached out to pianist Michael Cain a few weeks ago to ask him to be a part of my new project. He invited to meet him and his friends on Saturday afternoon while they were practicing for an upcoming gig. The trio was meeting at Nick’s house that day. It makes sense, Nick being the drummer it’s easier to move a bass and a keyboard than the entire drum set…

I followed Nick to the basement of a house in St Paul, entered the small music room and met the rest of the trio. Michael at the keyboard, James at the bass. The space was very small and dark, the ceiling was low. I met yet another challenge: to photograph the musicians at 35mm in a space that required a 16mm… So I embraced the limitations and, trying not to get in the way, I started to work with angles, points of focus and different shutter speeds. After all, it wouldn’t be any fun if it was too easy, right?

Their MUSIC? A M A Z I N G!!!  If you get a chance to see them play in Minneapolis in January, keep in touch with Michael here to find out their schedule.

Here are few close ups of the musicians at play…

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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 my camera, not with Lightroom.

Visit the gallery to see the series in progress

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below!

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