Beat in the Dark

Getting a good photo of a percussionist is something I often find a challenge due to their usual positioning in a live setting, or at least the positioning they’re in that I’ve mostly had to work with thus far. They’re often in a darker part of the stage and partially obscured by their instruments; they’ll have other musicians you need to get around, and there’s also having to work with stage height. Challenge is often a good thing and I need to work with it more often so my percussionist photos are less static, but I digress.

Here’s a photo of Dahm Majuri Cipolla as seen during MONO’s recent performance in Sydney. Much like the previous photos I’ve shared of Dahm this one has a lot of dark in it, though there’s a lot more in this one. It might have to do with The Manning’s stage size, though it likely has more to do with light positioning.

I think this photo feels quite still. Still and maybe a little menacing. Not sure.

This is my submission into the two hundred-and-forty-third Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. The theme for this one is “It’s Tricky“.

The host of the Lens-Artists challenges cycles weekly between the following people:

Week 1 – Tina

Week 2 – Patti

Week 3 – Ann-Christine aka Leya

Week 4 – Amy

Week 5 – John Steiner

Week 6 – Sofia Alves

Week 7 – Anne Sandler

Week 8 – Donna

Week 9 – Guest host

Donna is curating this one. The next one is guest-curated by Siobhan of Bend Branches.

I recommend participating in the challenges. They’re open enough to allow for a fair bit of thinking about approach and closed enough to keep focus on meeting the theme of each one. If you don’t participate, you should still check out what others of the Lens-Artists community are submitting.

I hope you enjoy.


About Stupidity Hole

I'm some guy that does stuff. Hoping to one day fill the internet with enough insane ramblings to impress a cannibal rat ship. I do more than I probably should. I have a page called MS Paint Masterpieces that you may be interested in checking out. I also co-run Culture Eater, an online zine for covering the arts among other things. We're on Patreon!
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3 Responses to Beat in the Dark

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Very tricky to capture the image unless you’re actually on the stage SH – well done.


  2. Wind Kisses says:

    It does indeed look a little menacing as he appears to be looking directly at you too. This was a great post when speaking of tricky. Sometime it really it what frequently challenges us. Thank you SH. I think others will feel inspired by you. Nice photo.


  3. Sylvia Bacon says:

    A very interesting picture SH, I like only seeing his face, hands and the instrument he’s playing through the shadows. Great job capturing this!


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