Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's said that a good portrait reflects the soul of the subject. If that's correct, a good artist portrait should reflect the spirit of his art. And if it's a musician, the portrait should show the music. For example, if we look at the famous portrait of Stravinsky by Arnold Newman, it's obvious that he's not about easy listening. Neither is Lemmy Kilmister looking like chill-out on Ibiza. And this guy does definitely not look like a countertenor (but he is - that was a suprise :))

It's easy to photograph musicians when antics and looks are part of the show, like Marilyn Manson or Adam Ant (just to commit the sin of talking about them in the same sentence). It gets difficult when there's only the holy trinity of artist, instrument and music. I saw today such a photograph. It's Miroslav Tadic, one of the world's best guitarists. Listen to the music, and see how the photo captured it - the underplayed and therefore all the stronger passion, the dynamics, seemingly so free and unbound, yet as disciplined and strict as square format. And look at his face - glancing at his fingers, like a beast-tamer looking proudly at his trained lions in the circus, expecting them to do their tricks, knowing that they would. All we have to do is to watch and enjoy the show.

(c) by Dalibor (Croatia)

Hvala Dalibor!


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