Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Taken after a concert by the Gabriola Recorder Ensemble. It was a crazy weather day. We had both warm sunshine and blowing snow showers during the performance. The glove on the left seems to be pointing to the last note.
Leica M3, 50mm Summicron, 1/125s @ f4
Friday, May 29, 2009
Gavin Molloy playing the banjo during the shoot we did for his family band, The Molloys. Except for the photo of their hands on the neck of the bass, there wasn't much staging. They just played everything in sight (piano, guitars, banjo, harmonicas and as you'll soon see even a thumb piano) while I snapped away taking advantage of both their spontaneity and the gorgeous natural light in their living room.
Number 23 in the Musicians Hands series
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Penny bought a $5 guitar with allowance money when she was 11 years old and she's been a folkie ever since. Her specialty is ballads, she teaches Singing For The Terrified and lately she's become a songwriter too. You can read all about her musical journey on her website. The set list is from a recent show at The Roxy and the bracelet is an heirloom that she wears to every gig.
Number 22 in the Musician's Hands series
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was first formed on this day in 1873. The Mounties were called the North-West Mounted Police then and were established by Queen Victoria to deal with trouble in the region, specifically rowdy American whiskey traders at Fort Whoop-Up.
Fortunately, we have no rowdy American whiskey traders here on Gabriola (though more than once I've been asked if I know how to make Tennessee moonshine - I don't) and not much in the way of crime so I suspect that being a cop on Gabe is a pretty easy gig these days.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tim Harrison is fairly new to Gabriola, having relocated here from his native Grey County, Ontario but he's no rookie in the music business: He released the first of his eight recordings back in 1979. A singer/songwriter of the highest order and cut from old-school folk music cloth, you can have a listen here. Welcome to Gabe Tim.
Number 21 in the Musician's Hands series
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Ken is the island handyman. Well, maybe not THE island handyman but let's just say everyone knows Big Red, his GMC work truck. I wanted to photograph him tuning his homemade two-string garbage can bass which he does with a wrench but he insisted I shoot his real wooden instrument. I shot both and he was right, this one was best. We used the skylight in his wife's studio and it was perfect. I particularly like the shadow his left pinky casts on the face of the bass.
Number 20 in the Musician's Hands series
Leica M3, 50mm Summicron, 1/15s @ f2 with beanbag for camera support
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I have a tiny house fetish. I own both editions of Lester Walker's book, I pretty much have the Tumbleweed website memorized and I even follow the blog. Gabriola has hundreds of small buildings but this custom-built beauty is my favourite. I stop by and admire it every time I am in its neighbourhood. Check out the door which was designed to echo the curvature of the arbutus tree just in front. Talk about natural symmetry! I photographed it TTV-style to further enhance the storybook proportions. The 8x12 footprint means the structure comes in under 100 sq. ft. and therefore didn't require a building permit but the loft area and big windows combine to make it feel much roomier.
Our house is huge, around 900 sq. ft. which is of course way more space than two people really need but in all honesty, I doubt Mrs. Snapper and I could squeeze into a mini-mansion like this one. But I can dream can't I?
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
When my parents passed, they left an 11 room house that was full to the brim with stuff. I couldn't keep everything but I had a hard time letting go of some of their things. A few years later, as Mrs. Snapper and I prepared to leave Tennessee for British Columbia, I had to pare down big-time. There wasn't room for furniture so what I ended up with was a very few smaller items and in choosing them, I focused on stuff they'd had their hands on: My dad's tools, some of mother's kitchen gear, things like that. This quilt was one of mom's last projects. She got the cover sewn but then her illness won the battle and she never completed it. Shortly before we were to start packing up the big yellow truck, I bought some batting material and found some church ladies to finish it. This isn't the only quilt we brought to Gabriola but it's the one we sleep under every night.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
An odd Hands picture but one of my favourites.
John played his first professional gig as a trombonist in 1953 and received a whopping $2 which was pretty good money back then. A cashier in a grocery store was getting fifty cents an hour at the time. So the light went on in his head that maybe there was something to this musician thing. He's just released a new CD engineered by his very musical son, Jesse.
Number 19 in the Musician's Hands series
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Rachel studied classical violin back in her native Devon (SW England) but she also played in a ceilidh band (pronounced KAY-lee) which she said was a lot more fun.
Number 18 in the Musician's Hands series
Leica M3, 50mm Summicron, 1/125s @ f2.8, cropped square
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Hiromi is the organist for one of Gabriola's largest churches. We did the shoot right after Sunday service and there was incredible golden sunlight pouring in the windows behind her. Between the gorgeous light and the wonderful music she was playing, it was tough to concentrate on the photography.
Number 17 in the Musician's Hands series
Leica M3, 50mm Summicron, 1/125s @ f2, Ilford XP2Super
Monday, May 4, 2009
The through-the-viewfinder technique makes this image look like it was taken 100 years ago. For the curious, I've posted a small portfolio of TTV photos here
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