Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

if you’re a musician you’ll find something to play, even a tree


Feel free to skip this little preamble which has nothing to do with the event…

You know, sometimes you ask yourself whether leaving the house at all was a good idea. This evening I discovered that:

  • I left my main flash (SB-900) at home
  • I only had one little flash (SB-400) with me, which has a fraction of the power and a much longer recycling time
  • I had to make a trip back to the car to fetch the light stand
  • I had to make a second trip back to the car to fetch the hotshoe mount adapter for the light stand

It’s a wonder I didn’t just give up and go home after item #1. I never forget this stuff. And how was I going to shoot this event with just one little flash? Somehow, I made it work. I would’ve thrown in the towel if I’d forgotten the Pocket Wizards, though. Trying to trigger CLS through all those bodies would’ve been futile.

Feeling crappy earlier, I decided to try and sleep off some of this bug, which made me question whether leaving the BED was a good idea. But I’m a bit tied to this event, and I made myself go. I figured even if I was there only briefly I could take enough decent photographs to make it worthwhile. In the end I was there for less than two hours, but took enough photos to make a set before I called it a night.

And so goes the photographer’s dilemma. I thank my lucky stars I haven’t been ill on someone’s wedding day, and I hope it doesn’t happen because it would be a miserable struggle.

/preamble


Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

sax man

If there was one thing I would say that made it worth dragging myself out of the house even when I could’ve (should’ve?) stayed in bed was watching a man play a tree branch. That’s right, he played music using a branch. I didn’t shoot video, but maybe someone else did. I guess you’ll have to use your imagination with this, because sonically, I can’t explain it. Just hollowing out the branch (not sure if it’s fully hollow or just partially) looks like a major undertaking because it’s not very big, but as you can see he’s also strung it for a bow and there are other doodads attached. (Can you tell I’m not a musician? Ha.)

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

I have the utmost respect for anyone who builds their own instrument. My friend Kim is building one and she could write a book just on the process.

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

He coaxed sounds out of the branch from blowing, playing strings, pulling a piece of fabric, tapping, and various other movements.

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

Eventually some other musicians joined him and it became a jam… a tree jam?

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

The drummers outnumbered everyone. One drummer even used the floor.

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

This is a new venue for the Red Moon Music Collective after outgrowing the space at Edward Ambrosius’s loft on Adelaide Street. After this event, I’d say even 2,000 square feet isn’t large enough for all the performers, instruments, and other equipment. The next event is at Halloween, I’m sure it will be an even bigger spectacle and I hope I’m bug-free to photograph the whole thing next time. I missed most of this event — the roomful of art on the side, stuff happening at the back, dancers and other performers.

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

through the glass

The full set can be viewed the following ways:

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[full-screen slideshow] – best for viewing