Jumble of Harps
iPhone + Hipstamatic
One of the things that many (musicians and non-musicians alike) will ask you if you’re a diatonic harmonica player is why you have so many harmonicas. Because it’s a diatonic instrument, each harmonica is in a different key, and unless you’re Howard Levy or one of his ilk, you need more than one to play along the various keys the band will play in. The secret truth is that most diatonic players are collectors as well and they have way more than they need!
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
The diatonic harmonica is a more graphic instrument than is often given credit for. Not that the aesthetics matter much to the music, but anyway… To celebrate my starting a new band here in Shanghai I did a series of harmonica photos that I could use for social networks whenever we’re rehearsing or (soon I hope) gigging. For this one I used a stark black & white combination of « lens » and « film ». I like how it highlights the Hohner brand (no endorsement intended).
This is the plum tree in my garden in the spring. I used the really funky DreamCanvas film from Hipstamatic along with the Melodie lens to try and get this « japanese » look to the shot.
I am sometimes astounded at what a pesly little smartphone can produce provided you have enough light. This is an iphone shot, from the side of an Airplane (which won’t surprise you). It’s quite abstract, but intriguing all the same.