Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 125
Whenever I have a little bit of time travelling, I’ll aim for two things besides interesting spots to photograph: jazz concert venues if it’s evening and second-hand record stores if it’s daytime. In Dublin I found directions to Freebird Records, a great find. But I got a photo out of it too! Shot on Ilford FP4+ film.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2.2, 1/80s, ISO 1250
Pedro Kouyaté is an intense musician in all meanings of the word intense. There are magical moments in his live sets where he seems to lose himself in his music, which I suppose is the whole point about transe music in the first place. Check him out live if you ever get the chance! The photo was edited in Lightroom 5 with XeL 2.0‘s Agfa Scala emulation.
Bruce Cox is the drummer of Fred Wesley’s new JBs, and he seeps funk through every pore…
Monophonics is one of the best soulf/funk bands I’ve discovered in these last few years. This shot is a fond memory of the first time I saw them live on New Orleans’ Frenchmen Street. This is Alex Baky, their sax player.
Shot just outside a flea market in Rome’s Trastevere. The man came accross as both sad and proud when I asked if I could take his photo.
A third shot from the Amsterdam Klezmer Band concert in April 2012 in Paris, this one from accordion player Theo van Tol. As a photographer, I love accordion players: the instrument offers such graphic possibilities… From the same concert you can check out photos of trombone player Joop van der Linden and trumpet player Gijs Levelt.
This old till was sitting in the basement of a local community center. I love those old machines where the rivets are apparent and the patina on the buttons tells you how infrequent it was for people to buy stuff that cost more than 200 Fr.
Surinder is a tuk-tuk driver I met and befriended the first time I went to Delhi in 2011. He offered to walk me arond the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple, which I readily accepted. This is a portrait of him after the visit.
I love the circular bokeh in optic light photography…
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Pianists are perhaps the hardest musicians to shoot: you want to have the face, the hands and the keyboard in the frame, and that’s damn hard. This shot of French jazz pianist Laurent deWilde was probably my first successful pianist shot.