My defining memory of this instrument is driving one of these, plus a daughter, to school in Tonbridge, in the rain, in a mini convertible, with the roof up as it’s the only way it would fit!!!!
What is it?
Say hello to the cello, or if you want the full name, the violoncello. Cellos were derived from other mid- to large-sized bowed instruments in the 16th century, such as the viola da gamba, and the generally smaller and squarer viola da braccio, and such instruments made by members of the Amati family of luthiers. The invention of wire-wrapped strings in Bologna gave the cello greater versatility. By the 18th century, the cello had largely replaced other mid-sized bowed instruments.
Who’s playing it?
Ahem, despite some considerable investigation, I have to confess to drawing a blank here. I think we should therefore refer to her as the mysteriously beautiful cellist from the Paul Dunton Orchestra (other mysteriously beautiful musicians are also available …). This was from an album launch at St Nicholas’ Church in Sevenoaks, a beautiful church which formed a brilliant visual and acoustic backdrop to some great music.
Why do I love this photograph?
Aside from the fact it’s of a mysteriously beautiful cellist, it has a look and about it from the early 1900’s. One again this is down to the lighting, the strong contrast between light and dark, and the fact that the subject and cello are only partly revealed. In the colour version of this photograph, there’s very definite hints of blue in the light which play around the contours on the face but which blend in here. I also love the facial expression which could be concentration, contemplation or daydreaming. Every time I look at this picture I find myself really, really wanting to know exactly what she was thinking and feeling at that exact moment. And that my friends, is why I love photography so much, the capturing of a moment.