Earlier this week I have been asked by my favorite local band (Zen is one of the most popular duo on the French Riviera. These guys have been around together for more than 12 years now. On specific occasions they will ask a percussionists. Zen is Gabriel Locane (Lead voice & guitar) and Luca Scriva (Flute, Guitar and back vocals).) to join in for a gig (For those of you who don't already know, I'm also a musician. I played drums for 23 years before moving to France and began cajon in 2010. I do play both now and join friends on occasion for gigs and parties. Music is such a great thing. It makes you feel good, have fun, meet people, make great contacts and so much more. I think it's almost impossible to quit music altogether. It will always be in me. It's part of me) at a wedding in the VAR. I can't remember declining one offer from them because it's always fun and it helps me disconnect from my regular tasks and schedule. Of course gigs rarely have an easy schedule and most of them happen late in the evening. But if you have a day job, it turns out to be an advantage, granted you don't need more than 6 or 7 hours of sleep!
Anyways, whenever I join the band for a gig I always bring a camera with me. While I could use any of the cameras I have, portability is a must and the Sony RX100 always finds its place in my shoulder bag. And the movie mode is a BIG plus it isn't bad at all! All that to say I always try to take advantage of those gigs to make some pictures that I could use for my photography activities on top of music. This wedding happened to be on a vineyard (I LOVE vineyards, My wife and I just ended the season at work. It's been quite demanding and a break from everything is now necessary. This evening we were talking about our destination and apparently it will be the Bordeaux region. More to come on this. Did I ever tell you I LOVE vineyards?) and I thought it would be wise to bring the camera and see if I could make some good shots. I think it's a must and it will make a whole difference from a photographic point of view. You never know what will present itself to you. Better be ready for any opportunity. Sometimes you come back with nothing at all. The camera would not even be turned on. But it might also be a huge hit and you come back with a little treasure. That's why I usually have a camera with me at all times. I think it's worth it. As long as it's not too much of a burden. The Sony RX100 rarely is. However, I want to precise that the Leica M is the camera I have with me most of the time, along with the Leica M (Typ 240), Summilux-M 50mm, f1.4 ASPH.
Wondering, thinking outside the box (that was too easy)
The first thing that came to mind when I looked at the picture above is, what is that? I mean, why would a guitar be left there beside this packaging cardboard? Was it intentional? Or maybe someone simply forgot to bring it back home.. I doubt it, but it's a possibility. However, the feeling of taking it for with was just non-sense. As a photographer I always have this feeling I am "taking something" by simply photographing it. The guitar would have become completely irrelevant for me at home, but as the main subject for a picture it's "sounds" like a much better idea. No strings attached! :-)
I hope you like the photo as much as I do. I love the idea that it's a mix of music and photography. That's pretty cool actually. It's not a master piece, but a representation of a real life opportunity that speaks for itself. At the thought of not having a camera with me for that event, I feel it would be a big miss for me. I'd have big regrets. So I'm glad I decided to leave home with a camera, as usual.
p.s.: also, and just as an FYI, this post is the very first one I did with Editorial v1.1 for iOS (Editorial - 5,99€) . When I saw the update I thought it would be interesting to give it a try. But this is such a "vast" app with lots of flexibility, parameter and programming, I barely scratched the surface so far. Well, maybe a bit more, but let's say for now I've just entered the first stages of a steep learning curve. But what a thrill!
© Normand Primeau