One of the major ways my wife has to pry me out of the house is to promise that I can bring a camera (or two) and take pictures. She recently used this device to get me to travel to North Carolina for a long 3-day weekend to hear a couple of harpers perform. These were Patrick Ball, an internationally known Celtic harper of the wire-strung instrument, and Shira Kammen, who is not only a well-known harper and early-musician of many talents, but also a personal friend of my wife.
The show was a dramatic presentation of the story of Tristan and Iseult with Patrick Ball as the narrator and Shira Kammen on musical accompaniment. The venue was a place call “The Music House”, which is owned by a professor of music at Eastern Carolina University there in town.
They said that the house was built around 1900 and the interior is beautiful. We owned a house of this vintage for a while, but we had neither the money nor the vision to do what these folks have done. In addition to living there and collecting musical instruments, the owners also present these small chamber-concerts in what may once have been a formal dining room.
I brought my small Fuji X100 camera and my Canon 5D along with 3 or 4 lenses. When we went to the concert however, I didn’t want to lug a whole pile of stuff, so I just put on an EF 16-35mm f2.8L lens and used that. Patrick Ball didn’t want photographs during the show, so I snapped some around the house and then a few afterward. The setting made some “antique” processing seemed appropriate, and this was done in NIK Color-Efex Pro-4.
My wife and Patrick Ball after the show. It was Patrick Ball and his wire-strung Celtic harp that helped inspire my wife to take up the harp too.