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The Father of Music by lorrainemd The Father of Music by lorrainemd
I had the opportunity to take photos of Hiroshi, a world reknown violin maker. When I found out that I would be shooting him, this is the first image that sprung to mind. Each instrument takes years to complete from commission to final product. And each piece is like a baby that he nurtures and then sends out into the world with a life of its own. I asked him to take this pose and i did not even have to ask him to have a calm and peaceful look...that was his natural if he was praying over his work. Incidentally, this is actually a viola....for it is a bit bigger, therefore just a bit more visually impacting.

The start of a series about roles and their inextricability from identity.
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mattmc Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
What can I say
You sure raped that day...

krysolet Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
breath takin!
ViolistofHameln Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2006
Hmm...I'm looking for a new viola. Maybe by Hiroshi? I'm not familiar with makers' names, but I do like it when luthiers make their violas with the sloped, cut-out shoulders as opposed to the traditional violin-style ones.


Anyways, excellent picture! I always love seeing violas in the wild ;).
EastoftheMoon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2006
what a lovely picture... and a nifty instrument!
FreeFeege Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005  Student Artist
Beautifully done!
odedenator Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist

I know it sounds corny, but

djdouglas Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2005
Don-Sarcasmo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004
beatiful picture n subjects :)
turquoisetelescope Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
wonderful image and story! :love:
BlankSlate Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
wheni saw this picture i instantly fell in love with it.. i dont know why.. it jsut has such a soft timid touch to it.. i want to fall asleep next to the pathway and never wake up...its like it was taken from my conscious and put onto paper.. Amazing job, i love it!
mercinder Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2004
Always amazing shots, I adore this one. You're a lucky soul to have experienced and captured that wonderful chunk in time and place.
m4ck Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent atmosphere
I like peace of the place
a composition and exquisite concepts :nod:
rwirtz Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2004
Wonderful portrait. I think by placing him in the garden you accentuate the organicness of a violin and/or music.
BizArtist Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2004
japanese imperturbable
madtomkidd Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004   Photographer
the sepia tone adds a nice "historic" feel that - to me - helps convey the timelessness of this wonderful art, and this artist.
The setting is also great, too... one who works in wood pictured in a setting similar to where his raw material comes - it's a great "big circle" thing... i don't know if that's what you were going for, but something i noticed (being an aspiring carpenter :D)
The-Unseelie-Court Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
i think you really captured the intimacy and delicacy of what he might feel about his own work.
there is almost a music to the photograph itself.
skateenjoi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004
Wonderfully shot. I have to post my picture I took of this guy that got a school named after him. Its been awile so I forgot his name. I have the papers here somewere though. lol.

"Between life and death there is no answers but just questions."
bayles Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2004
really good job i really like it
suzums Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2004   Photographer
the tones and setting are all just right =) although i know nothing about him, but it is a rare opportunity and you've captured him well.
JIMENITUS Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2004
wow! beautiful shot!!!
kimi-lady Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2004  Professional Photographer
lucky thing, this guy's definately a father of music!!! *jealous look*
bule Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004   Photographer
Wonderful composition in this one.

The expression on Mr. Hiroshi's face is incredible. He really seems proud of his work, and like you said that's the way he truly feels about his work. I think the tones add an extra meaning to this one...
Awesome work...
extropy Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2004
i dig the sort of halo around his person. it is wonderful idea. the image comes straight at you with the walkway then there is this peaceful looking man as though he were holding a baby. nice work :peace:
Raevnn Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
Very picturesque and poetic. Beautiful work. Lovely idea.
san-tor Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
The father of all mankind.... in his garden, creataing his marvels and his misteries.

LOvely placement.
fxcreatography Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
a-w-e-s-o-m-e picture. just my taste of photographing people!
Well done, keep it up!
compose Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004   Interface Designer
just awesome. :+favlove: most definently.
wednesdaylain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
this is beautiful, i play viola and love it dearly. this piece has become close to my heart. thankyou
Cavour Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004   Photographer
juangriego Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
amazing documental :camera: and excelent tone did you choose
jay-spectre Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004  Professional Photographer
THis is awsome.

it borders on spiritual for me, not sure why, just the feeling of it

good work
Offering Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
this is beautiful, in capturing the link between the craftsman and his craft. the sepia-type tone combines those two elements and makes both stronger. to me, this man lives with the knowledge that his craft will outlive him, which pleases him as it proves his life has had true meaning and purpose.

ps: for a violin, it looks odd to me, as most violins today are copies of what stradivarius perfected, with rounded shoulders. this one looks slightly scalloped, and larger than usual.
sydneyq Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2004  Professional Photographer
Love this photo. It looks like you captured the 'maker' perfectly.
zaratuxly Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2004
very beautiful photo
myst32984 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2004
Very nice shot, I like the color and the setting is excellent, excellent choice for subject. Anyways, he reminds of the fellow from the matrix, the key maker. Great Job!
intoxicatedchild Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2004
it's perfect, my only reservation is that you DID use the viola, I would have thought a violin would've been better, just they look smaller & more fragile... But other than that... perfect :) Sepia gives the impression of an old faded family portrait, nice little addition.
odical Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004  Professional Artist
i can't ignore that feeling you know. That feeling that causes me to like it.
C-Novack Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004  Professional Photographer
His poise is indeed mesmerizing. He cradles the viola in his arms like a baby and the look on his face is not only serene but seems to me like that of an endearing gaze a father bestows upon his offspring when he is holding them in his arms. You also choose to surround him in the wonders of the garden - instead of cropping the shot to just focus on him we see the nurturing world around him. It is tranquil and peaceful - something one can always find in a Japanese Garden. Something that is in the background could have added more to the photo if the environment had allowed. I am speaking about the stepping stones that stop far behind the gentleman. Tis a shame they did not continue right up to him where he was sitting for it would have added a subtle nod that with the completion of any creation many "steps" are needed to be taken.
skysearcher Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Photographer
i love the odd opportunities we get asn photographers, amazing pick the explaination blows it up tenfold
mechadragon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
you are always so damn amazing
what a perfect shot
i am always so happy to get to see so much of the world thru your lens
it's always a joy
iamkatia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
he looks so loving and tender as though
he holds a baby in his arms.

dashatron Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
where are the legs???
OLoboCanta Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
the location is so i love this shot. it makes me feel at peace.
OfirAbe Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004  Professional Photographer
amazing idea and execution!
tidagger Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Photographer
wow! great!
NicKmiLLard Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Photographer
very beautiful, nicely done and nicely centered, love the pose and the look, hope to see more good ones like this
kivar Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
wow i love that... i love all picture of oriental people!
Inguz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
Very lyrical and poetic.Congratulations!
UmbrellaJane Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
I think this photo captures him just the way you describe him and his work. Can't wait to see the rest of the series, it's a very interesting subject.
darkhaylo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Photographer
This is a wonderful shot, I love the color, it makes it seem all the more somber.
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