Monochrome images of a temporary percussion orchestra

Sounds from a big drum © J. Ashley Nixon

Monochrome sounds from a big drum
© J. Ashley Nixon

A little while ago, my work colleagues and I went along to the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary for a special team building exercise. We were there to learn how to play together (translation: work better together) as a percussion orchestra (translation: efficient working team) under the tutelage of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
I had forgotten to bring along my Canon DSLR so reverting to the only camera I had on me, I took these photographs with my work standard Blackberry. It’s never been the greatest of camera phones, especially in poor lighting but when I dug them out recently to share with my colleagues I got a pleasant surprise.
I capitalized on the existing graininess of the images and flipped them over from colour to black & white. Some further adjustments in Lightroom to the contrast and exposure popped them up a little more. Finally, with a few exceptions I cropped to 1×1. The result reminded me of some old jazz album covers from the likes of Blue Note.

Here’s a selection of images:

Fast multi-percussionist approaching © J. Ashley Nixon

Fast multi-percussionist approaching
© J. Ashley Nixon

Triangular fun © J. Ashley Nixon

Triangular fun
© J. Ashley Nixon

Congas waiting © J. Ashley Nixon

Congas waiting
© J. Ashley Nixon

Please visit  J. Ashley Nixon Photography for more images.

About NixonsCan

World-travelled ecologist interested in energy, food & water challenges, photography, poetry and music.
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