Profiles in Music
A collection of portraits of classical musicians, Profiles in Music, is meant to promote collaboration between artists from various fields. Being a creative professional myself I understand the importance of gaining exposure as an artist. Joining my efforts with other creatives is what lead me to the idea for this photo series.
During past 1.5 years, I have been commissioned by the MacEwan Conservatory of Music to photograph a range of musicians. Shortly after I began working on this project, I discovered that the MacEwan Conservatory regularly organizes concerts for various musicians and that performers often struggle to establish a larger audience. Having experienced similar obstacles, I saw a great opportunity to combine our efforts and create one event that would feature both visual and audio arts - a photo exhibition, featuring portraits of musicians, followed by a classical concert.
Thus, on May 11th, 2013, I presented my first solo exhibition with generous assistance from the Conservatory. Profiles in Music was accompanied with a debut concert for the outstanding young pianist, Peter Krejcar.
It always fascinated me to watch how musicians interacted with their instruments and how they melded their mood with the sound. So, I set out to design a series that would reflect the special relationship between the musician and their instrument. To me, the instrument is a soulless object, but put that soulless object into the hands of a talented musician and you will undoubtedly experience an almost unearthly transformation. The instrument comes to life as does something deep inside each listener.
My main approach was simple: avoid following rules because rules are the death of creativity. I merely followed my natural instincts - although, I must admit this wasn’t easy. Maintaining a balance between the rational and irrational is a constant battle for me.
Exhibit photo series (portraits of classical musicians)