A month or so ago I was asked to document an event which took place in Loughborough - this event was the result of months of discussion and work between adherents of different religions in my home town and another blossom on the tree of cross cultural and inter-faith work that has been going on here for decades. It was fun, enlighteningly informative and fundamentally a warm and welcoming embrace of people inviting their neighbours to a common feast.....an aspiration....a recognition.... of being one community.
This Sikh gentleman's playing was immediately transformative for him as he played the harmonium and sang accompanied by a tabla player.
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Paolo (41222) 2007-05-03 4:26
Hi Kev, great one, with this perfect composition with the player comin out from the dark in the right position and with a strong mood on his face.
excellent quality, exposure and brilliant composition.
thea0211 (1365) 2007-05-03 4:27
i believe creating art or performing like your Sikh gentleman here does, is what makes us little gods ... your photograph of him is a 'living' proof of my theory. the portrait of his literally transformed face while playing could lit up an entire world of darkness, rasism and nationalism, violence or greed.
simply beautiful - thank you!!!
(i just wish we could hear him, too)
jaywalker (16095) 2007-05-03 4:31
Hi Kev, A wonderful portrait, the lighting is magnificent & you have used the black background superbly well, excellent composition, there is massive impact with the man coming out from the side, a great photo, kind regards Wilson.
gpsony (448) 2007-05-03 4:58
Very nice shot. You have captured the mood. His expression is euphoric. Superb lighting and placement of the gentleman.
Did go through your link and there are several photos I see there which I assume you will post over a period.
nicoz (1979) 2007-05-03 5:06
This is a beautiful portrait. Musicians often make fascinating faces when they play. I suppose it's a mix of concentration and excatsy (the state of mind, not the drug, well... mostly...)
pgorod (1019) 2007-05-03 5:08
you're specializing in black backgrounds, with people emerging from darkness... it's a beautiful way to photograph, I'd like to try that sometime but wouldn't know how to start. You do it so well here, it's very fitting for this sort of meditation/singing because it makes people look more... spiritual, detached, made of light.
partha (14020) 2007-05-03 5:19
What a great expression. The black background isolates the subject wonderfully.
vapours (8264) 2007-05-03 7:26
A brilliant image Kev, and a shot that I don't think could have been executed any better. Just like your recent priest shot, yuo give the man all the respect he deserves, clearly showing the emotion in his face.
scobert (5355) 2007-05-03 7:32
A fine minimalistic photo of this gentleman deep in prayer. Well done!
yeno (0) 2007-05-03 9:18
very good capture of the Sikh, well managed lightning and atmospheric copmosition, his face off centre coming out of darkness of the background. Perfect.
PeterC (2242) 2007-05-03 9:49
Wonderful potrait and masterful use of light it really is a strong and powerful image. It sounds like if there were more organised events like that then everyone would be better off.
falves (1405) 2007-05-03 9:53
Hi Kev, This one is a trully amazing composition. Outstanding low-key effect which increases the meaning of the photo. The Sikh in redemption is great. The POV is well chosen and a very smart positioning of the subject into the composition.
Very well done
bantonbuju (51765) 2007-05-03 12:04
for this unlimited tranquility, for this boundery-less harmonious (!!!) darkness...for this closed eyes...and for this fragment of the collar and shirt...i love this portrait...classical ryan's work, performed as nobody else can...
rigoletto (34197) 2007-05-03 14:22
Photographing Extacy we can call this.
Blackness and emptiness of space are where his mind is now situated in, as your background strongly emphasizes.
He should be flying on wings at the moment, and great applause for catching his state of mind this successfully.
polter (7239) 2007-05-04 3:22
Great minimalistic portrait perfectly composed. Love the feeling of cncentration - something like hearing of own soul... and this one just perfect tone of harmonium. Just great. Greetings T.
Furachan (0) 2007-05-04 6:59
Beautiful portrait for sure, Kev, with yur trademark Rembrandt lighting. Very moving, that soulful head emerging from the pitch darkness, his sould evealed in one shot.
Just now got back from Vietnam, feverish and worn out but other than that I shot my heart out.
broglia (3598) 2007-05-04 10:46
Hi Kev, this guy really is in another place! Perfectly captured moment. TFS, Roberto
designsoul (21492) 2007-05-04 17:10
So transcendental, his expression sums up what devotion means. The embeddedness of his fine face within the pitch black ground adds another spiritual context to the shot, a transformational one of a musician besotted by the Creator.
noborders (1010) 2008-04-23 1:07
Hi Kev, the expression of this man is fantastic and exactly what I am looking for my theme : I'm so happy that you (or someone else) added it and attracted my attention to it : this face is priceless, in communion with another world and in extasy - both art and religion are present here...
I also had a look at the link that you mention where many other such faces are visible (other great ones of the same musician, but also the ones with the following title : "transported by song - Muslim", "Meditation - Raj Yoga" (for the body expression), "sacred song - Pagan", etc...) : if you have posted more of those photos on TE, I would be very happy to see them placed in my theme of faces expressing extasy in art, please don't hesitate !
Compliments and with admiration,
- Copyright: Kev Ryan (KevRyan) (22952)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-00
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Your Favourites 2, JB's favs 2007, faces expressing trance & extasy in art [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-03 4:04
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