Here’s a quick post!
Back in elementary school, I remember our music teacher would allow only the best students to choose the instrument they would play. The big marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, cymbals and drums were gone instantly. The next students would then pick the woodblocks, the fish-shaped guïros, tambourines, and even the triangle. Finally, the last remaining students, unable to pick anything were stuck with the dreaded recorder.
Meet Vincent Lauzer. He picked up a recorder when he was 5 unlike most kids, he loved it and decided to stick with it. Fast forward two decades, he now recently graduated from McGill with a Master’s degree in music performance and was crowned with the Opus Prize “Discovery of the Year”.
When I have shoots with musicians I always try and find an excuse to have them play their instrument. That’s just me finding a way to get free shows. I never knew you could do so much with a recorder, it’s really impressive. Even two recorders at a time (both are in the mouth, not in the nostrils like that guy in the Longueuil Metro). Super cool.
Ok nerd photography talk now. The few shots here were taken inside and around McGill’s music buildings. They have huge windows and it’s fairly easy to find great light. I just put my 50mm f1.4 on and it basically did all the work. It’s great for portraits. I also had my trusty Apollo 28” softbox and a reflector for a few shots where I needed fill light.
And there you go, kudos again to Vincent for rocking this underrated instrument.