In Venice, close to Ca 'Foscari, a street performer playing a musical instrument which does not know the name. Does anyone know what it's called? TFS
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KLB (23723) 2013-05-13 2:42
Wonderful catch !
Really like the scene and the way you've framed it.
Focused on the hands of the musician.
The light is perfectly managed for a soft picture.
Well done, compliments.
(I don't know this instrument unfortunately)
tyro (23590) 2013-05-13 2:59
I've done a little research and I think that this is what is called an "Array mbira", made in America as a more sophisticated version of an original African lamellaphone. You can read about it and also see a picture (not unlike the one in your photograph) here!
This is lovely photograph, very well "focused in" and closely cropped to allow us to see the instrument and the player's hands perfectly. We can also see the musician's face and there is a strong compositional line between his eyes and the "prongs" of the instrument and his playing hands.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent depth of field and sharpness.
P.S. Thank you for this challenge to do some research! :o)
olive224 (2719) 2013-05-13 9:44
Very nice catch
The photo is sharp and well exposed and the subject is interesting which is... the base of a good photo !!
BennyV (15897) 2013-05-14 1:12
Great picture with a really close crop to capture the attention of the musician. I know the African instrument John refers to, but I've never seen it in this elaborate form. I imagine it must have sounded great & am wondering whether he played classical western music on it or created something new entirely. I hope the latter. :)
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-05-15 17:02
Hi Renzo - I'm glad John was able to identify this impressive instrument for you! I really like this shot, focused on the most important details - his hands, the times, and his hunched face looking down in concentration. The light is precisely where it needs to be, too, drawing the eye to the action easily. Thanks!