There was a thunderstorm last Wednesday. Nothing too unusual for this time of year, the seasons shifting as they are: but this storm was different. You see, I’d been booked to shoot some promotional images for the Victoria Baroque Players during their rehearsal at The Church of St. John the Divine in Victoria – nothing out of the ordinary…or so I thought. What I found was, that given a converging set of circumstances, a regular gig can turn into an extraordinary experience. As I sit here, I’m finding it hard to put into words the feeling of being there, listening to the intricate melodies, watching the light shift and change through the stained glass, all the while feeling the rumble of the thunder outside like a bass line played by the heavens themselves. Does that sound crazy? Maybe a little – but it was fabulous.
I had such a great time with this shoot, embracing the mahogany tones cast by both the instruments as well as the pews and choir wood, taking composite portraiture that included not just the players, but the details of their tools along with architectural elements. Thank you so much to all of you – and I can’t wait to see the full show in November!