Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thematic Photographic 47 - Musical

Strings at rest
London, ON, April 2009

Although I'm not a musician (thank your lucky stars for that!) the photographer in me finds musical instruments, recording and studio equipment, and even an old radio, to be endlessly fascinating. They almost beg to have their picture taken, as if they wish to be heard through a medium that, at least in the traditional sense, does not incorporate sound.

But who thinks in a traditional sense, anyway?

Your turn: For the next week, we'll be sharing musically-themed photos. Since music touches our lives in so many different ways, I'm looking forward to seeing how you all choose to interpret the theme through your lenses. If you're new to Thematic Photographic, here's a quick primer:
  • Every Wednesday evening, at precisely 7 o'clock Eastern, I post a new Thematic Photographic entry.
  • Each entry has a unique theme. This week's is...musical!
  • You post a similarly themed image over on your blog.
  • You paste a link to your entry in a comment here.
  • If you've already posted something that fits (on a blog, Facebook, MySpace, wherever) simply post the link to the existing entry. Old or new, all photos are welcome.
  • You may post as many photos or links as you wish. For the next week, I'll be supporting this theme with a related picture/posting each day. I encourage you to do the same. This is all about sharing, so feel free to share to your heart's content!
  • Please share this link with friends, too, and encourage them to join in. The more, the merrier.
  • And please accept my thanks for your enthusiasm. Your participation has made TP a true highlight for me each and every week.


Cuidado said...

Music can be photographed in many ways but can be a challenge.

Shey said...

Hi! Fantastic shot of the guitar's curve. Very nice.

Mine is up:

Brother Wind’s Voice>Thanks!

Mojo said...

Yes! That's it exactly! I have people ask all the time why I take photographs of performers when it's what you hear that you buy the ticket for. And the best response I've come up with so far is that when people go looking for a record (CD, MP3, LP what have you) it's the artwork as often as not that draws them in even though it never makes a sound. But you explain it a lot better. And your photo is (to borrow a phrase) "up there where mom keeps the peanut butter".

And I ask you, having seen this, doesn't your mind just clamor to hear it too?

Thematic Photographic 47: Music v.1.0

Martha said...

I played again this week -

Anonymous said...

You used to have a family friendly blog, but now it's all sax and violins.

Les Paul

Unknown said...

Very clever photograph. Sound is visual too.

Cloudia said...


"Things that accord in tone
vibrate together."
Tao Te Ching


Anonymous said...

very moody, love the lighting Carmi, makes me want to wait for its player to come back and finish.
mine is here

David Edward said...

Fidler, tradition!
are you going all Tuvya on me, carmi?

David Edward said...

i had a photo of my daughter accepted for the cover of Shar catalog. My first ever photo contest prize.

Maude Lynn said...

Oooo, that's a gorgeous shot!

Anonymous said...

Here is one that I picked up last month on the London PhotoWalk.

Check for the 2nd picture down.


Kevin said...

Lovely shot Carmi.

Here's mine.

12 string shadow

bobbie said...

Yours is a very beautiful shot, Carmi.

Mine is up now - a much more humble contribution.

Thea said...

just a little portion and yet you knew that it is a very nice guitar.

my first time to participate. :)

awareness said...

I can't imagine life without without the grace found in the sound...:)

Beautiful photo, Carmi.

Here's mine....

Glennis said...

What a nice idea! I love your photo - you capture that sharp contour of the violin so nicely, and the wood grain is so clear and beautiful.

My current post is all about music, but it isn't a musical photo, exactly. If you like, go read it; I'll find a musical photo for the theme today!

Pamela said...

I've posted some wild musicI'm so not following the rules....

But, your photo has challenged me to find another, so I may be back with more.

Lulda Casadaga said...

Great theme Carmi...I'm so jealous of people that can read music and play any instrument. I just have my voice...but I can sit at a piano and pretend! :D I'll be searchin my archives for this theme. Happy Friday!

Glennis said...

I was shocked to discover I had very few musical photos in my files. But I took this one this morning.

Mamie said...

I had the honor of photographing an African woman who was a singer/musican. The most photogenic person I ever looked at through a lens. Here she is.

Robin said...

Beautiful shot, that old wood really glows.

Here's one from me:

Firewood Anyone?

hahamommy said...

Sometimes, your little project is harder work than therapy <3 Thanks for the evolutionary push!

Glennis said...

I've another Music themed photo up - it's about time.

Glennis said...

Tonight I actually saw music being performed, and although I didn't get as good photos as I wanted, I think there were still some nice shots.

cactus petunia said...

I finally got a couple of shots up!

here's one:

and here's the other one:

Looking forward to next week's theme!

bARE-eYED sUN said...

well, we're running a bit late on the Thematic Photographic 47 - Musical

but we're hoping to add this tidbit just under the wire. :-)

THE ANTARAthese shots are of a Busker who plays regularly, weather permitting, on the corner of Broadway right next to City Hall, in New york City. he accepts donations and has CDs of his music for sale.

his music, as we can see, is played on an Antara, or Andean Pan Flute which originates from Peru. The antara is also known as a Siku, Panflute, or Panpipe. Siku is a term used so much in Quechuan as in Aymara used by the peoples of the Plateau of the Collao (P.e. Qcollas and Huancanés).

we've not spoken to the gentleman but he certainly displays Amerind features.

Buskers are popular in NY especially in the warmer months; there are a few Pan Flute players all around sometimes playing in groups of three or more.

during the colder months they play underground in the subway stations where the acoustics transport the listener to the Andes where the sounds of the Siku echo among the snow-capped mountains and verdant valleys.

thanks for the opportunity to share. :-)

spiCes said...

a bit late for this week, but i just can't miss this theme! hope you can still drop by guys!