Canadian photographer in Sydney Australia, specialising in arts, events and locations.
From the Vector Wellington Orchestra concert yesterday, featuring ‘On The Transmigration Of Souls’ - another beautiful performance by them!
Nice to get up to a different part of the Michael Fowler Centre, which is of course a venue I’ve photographed in many times over the years. I’ve also done quite a bit of lighting work in there at times, so I knew where the catwalk was where trumpeter Barrett Hocking was going to be playing, and went up there with him for his solo during the piece.
I’d seen the reflection of him in the window of the lighting booth and wanted to get this double image of him playing, but in fact there’s another (very faint) reflection I didn’t see at the time - the windows are double-glazed for sound proofing!
Nice to see another one of my images out in the wild, from the NZSO National Youth Orchestra rehearsals last year at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.
This was one of those times that staying in one place for a while really worked out - I’d been photographing this young violinist when she was practicing during a break, full of concentration and lost in thought; then someone behind me made her laugh, and just in that instant she was full of, well, what you can see. Joy, happiness, enthusiasm, music, everything good.
I’d already taken probably two dozen images of her, but this one was what I had been hoping for all along. And the light was nice, bouncing back into her face from the sheet music in front of her, and the background was clean and uncluttered - not always the case when a whole orchestra’s on stage, I can tell you - everything worked.
Here’s the photo before this one - which I still like, but the one above it definitely the hero image from that day!
Marc Taddei led the orchestra - along with members of Wellington Circus Trust - through a wild show on Sunday afternoon, for a crowd of circus-loving orchestra-goers. (Yes, there is such a crossover audience!) Great fun, and only a little dangerous for the photographer in the front row…