Monday, April 13, 2009

Julie (90/100) - the singing saw


I would prefer to feature the 2nd image but this one is more in focus - not fully, but more!

Ian is from northern Victoria and boy, can he make a cross-cut saw sing. He can even play the melody. He sits on a box out of sight of the audience, yet accompanies for the entire set.

The band was at the back of the Stockcamp lean-to where the light was a bit iffy. I tried to catch the rays of light falling through the chinks in the rough-hew logs, but it was a smidge beyond me. These images are as captured by the camera.

9 comments:

Per Stromsjo said...

As captured by the camera is the only kind of photography I ever practice.

Well done, this set!

bitingmidge said...

You are starting to "get lucky" consistently now Julie!

What a great experience this has been, the watching as much as the doing.

I am itching to get back into it at the moment, but no chance again today, perhaps I should take the underwater camera out.

Sakiwi said...

The 100 strangers concept enthrals me. The idea of approaching a stranger is almost paralysing, but the rewards for both parties probably far outweigh the initial trepidation.

Ann said...

The fear is definitely paralysing. I have to force myself to get back to it soon, I'm starting to lose confidence again. I've passed up several people in the last week with the excuse that I didn't have the SLR only the p&s, yet I know I can do a reasonable job with p&s. Can't think of where to go to find some interesting subjects, I'm in town on Anzac Day and definitely taking the SLR but that's a couple of weeks off.

I like the main shot, I like his expression, looking into the distance and the look of concentration. Shame you can't really see its a saw, in that one. Really want to know what you thought of the Nationals. Had a look at the program and it looked really interesting, some overlap with the Blue Mountains but not too much.

Julie said...

The Nationals were an eye-opener. I went by myself: that way I could concentrate on photography. My friend Shirley went down to be with her grandson, Edward, for his 3rd birthday. I guess I spent 50-50 watching/photographing. As you can see from the queue, I got lots of strangers.

I hardly touched the art/craft stalls. I concentrated on music and dance. I did not eat or drink all day. I got there at 11am and left at 5pm. Now the hassle with that, is that my day ticket was from 9am til midnight and it cost $85. There was a night ticket that went from 6pm til midnight but I don't know the price of that one. To stay for the full day ticket, I would have needed to go with a friend and stop every so often to eat and drink and chill-out. I can see that if they had Day=9am to 6pm and Night=6pm to 12am, they would not rake in as much at the turnstiles. I did feel a bit ripped off until I realised that I saw a full concert from The Fagans and lots of mini-concerts and some real fun dancing.

My concern is that in 2010 the Nationals clash with the Four Winds Festival that I told you about. Maybe, I consider alternating the two ... ah well, it will all come out in the wash ...

Joan Elizabeth said...

Another great shot Julie... reminds me of the old guys who used to play the saw during concerts at home. I see you have hit another milestone ... 90! That's an awful lot of strangers.

Ann said...

That's why I go to Womad for the full 3 days (and nights). The Festival Pass is much better value than the day or day/night passes. Same with the Blue Mountains. Will definitely look at the Nationals. Trouble is its so close to Womad and Blue Mountains and I can't do all 3.

Ann said...

Oh goodness, just looked at the queue - you've finished!

Steffe said...

Focus is overrated. It's more the story you get to hear from the people you meet that are important. Would have been cool with a video of Ian as he played that saw!