The life of a photographer who likes to shoot just about anything.

Posts tagged “Musician

Two Musicians

portrait, musician, musicians, cello

In the mood…


Standup Bass…

Standup Bass, Musical Instrument, Music, Musician

…found lying down on a stage.


Piano Man

piano, music, musician, Washington square Park, Manhattan, NYC, New York City

A street musician in Washington Square Park in New York City plays his piano.
I found it amazing because the street musicians that I see usually play an instrument
that is also simple to carry – a guitar or brass instrument.
How easy could it possibly be to roll a baby grand piano down the street?


Auld Lang Syne…

Trumpet, Musician

Happy New Year!


PianoMan

piano, music, musician, Washington square Park, Manhattan, NYC, New York City

A street musician in Washington Square Park in New York City plays his piano. I found it amazing because the street musicians that I see usually play an instrument that is also simple to carry – a guitar or brass instrument. How easy could it possibly be to roll a baby grand piano down the street?


The Instrument

Trumpet, Musician

You can feel the music while only
seeing the trumpet.

What a musician does.


Time to Dance!

Count Basie Orchestra

The Count Basie Orchestra at its finest!
I had the opportunity to photograph one of their shows.
It was one of the best concerts that I have ever experienced.


Man at the Piano

A piano player in Herald Square in New York City.

A piano player in Herald Square, New York City.

From my New York City gallery of photographs on my NJ Lifestyle Photography website.


Before the Show Starts….

Roseann Cash, Musician, Performer, Stage

A musician on stage preparing for the show.


A Count Basie Trumpet

Count Basic Orchestra

I love big band music, and when the Count Basie Orchestra
is involved, well, it just doesn’t get any better.
I was on assignment, backstage,and captured this image of
a trumpet player warming up.
(I asked his permission to take the photo. I was only
a few inches from him and thought it was the
polite thing to do.)
And the music that night?
Well, I was in heaven.


Not at the Grammys

portrait, musician, musicians, cello

Portrait of 2 musicians.


John

Beatles-EMI-Studio

December 8th.

Beatles – EMI Studio – London, England


Sent to the Principal’s Office

Several years ago I was given an assignment to photograph a portrait of a grammar school principal. Coincidentally the gentleman was also a guitar player. He had just cut a CD with his songs, he gave me a copy, and was to be appearing on stage at a popular club with his band. Not all of my portrait assignments are as much fun as this one was.


Art and Music

On a recent assignment at an art gallery, a musician was looking at a painting with trumpet in hand. I spotted the opportunity – Art and the Musician – a perfect blend. Thankfully the musician allowed me to suggest a pose and take his portrait in front of the artwork.

More of my musician portraits and musicians in action can be found at my Lifestyle website.


The Piano Player

A street musician in Washington Square Park in New York City plays his piano. I found it amazing because the street musicians that I see usually play an instrument that is also simple to carry – a guitar or brass instrument. How easy could it possibly be to roll a baby grand piano down the street?

I have more musician photographs on my Lifestyle Website – Musician Photography.


On Assignment with Musicians

 

Recently I was given the assignment of photographing musicians making music. I find this job to be both easy and hard. It’s the type of project that is difficult to put your own stamp of creativity on it. If the musician is a trumpet player, capturing that moment when he/she is at a fever pitch of playing isn’t a challenge. It’s a straightforward photojournalistic moment that displays the musician but not the artistry of the photographer. For me, that is what most “musician performance photography” is – simply getting the best shots of the player at work. But I like to try to put my own stamp on the moment and I think I succeed on occasion. Last year I photographed a close friend of mine, a guitar player, and I captured the moment in my own way.
I think I also put my own stamp on the above image. I added it to my Music Gallery on my Lifestyle Photography website.


The World of Musicians

My closest friend growing up was a musician. However I am not one. My musical talent is non-existent. I whistle pretty good but that’s about it. And, like the rest of the world, I know what kind of music I like. I have photographed musicians over the years. Sometimes on assignment. Other times it’s candid photography. I recently updated a Musicians Gallery on my Lifestyle and Portrait website. If you take a look, click on Music, and let me know what you think.


Piano Player

Uploaded some new images to my Lifestyle and People Photography website. The image above is in the “Music” gallery.


My Hometown

A street scene from Paterson, NJ around 1970. Woolworth’s was a favorite spot of mine. My best friend and I would walk through the toy department, have a cherry sundae at the counter and rummage through the vinyl records. I was a fan of Chuck Berry, found one of his records in the bin, and asked my friend, a musician, “Who’s the black guy?” Well, he didn’t stop laughing. Some fan I was. I didn’t even know what Chuck Berry looked like.


Can You Hear Me Now?


The Musician

Back in June of last year, I wrote on my blog about a friend from my childhood and what he meant to me – The Effects of Friendship. Last wednesday he was performing at the Stanhope House (great place) so I stopped by to hear him. He’s always played guitar and he’s one of the best – ever. I recommend seeing him live if you can – Charlie Jones – and click on the “See Charlie Jones” link. You won’t be disappointed. I’m going back at the end of this month and this time I’m taking my 21 year old son with me.


30 Years

Today is the anniversary of the death of John Lennon. I’m sure most of you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news. I certainly do. I was still living at home, in bed, and my Mom  came in by me to deliver the news. First she said, “He’s been shot.” Then, a minute or two later, “He’s dead.” And now 30 years have passed in the blink of an eye.

The photo is of the EMI Studios in London, England where the Beatles recorded their music.


Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act

A bill has been introduced in the Senate that will combat online infringement of copyrighted works.

Read here and email your Senator or House Representative.


Waiting for the Beatles

London, England

Waiting to return.