During the Streets of Paris workshop in September, an assignment was to shoot on the Pont des Arts. There were a number of musicians playing on the bridge, but the lone saxophone player caught my ear.
I stopped to listen to his music for a long time, struck by the fact that he seemed to be playing for himself, not the people around him.
It finally dawned on me that I was supposed to be taking pictures, not listen to music (bad student!), so I did. 😉
Afterwards, I talked to Stephen, the musician, who turns out to be a really nice guy. He’s originally from Pittsburgh, PA and went to live and work in Paris. After a while, he could not stand his “normal” job anymore, so he is now a full-time musician. Wow, talk about living your dream!
At the time, he was practicing, which he prefers to do outside and in public, rather than in a stuffy rehearsal room. That I can relate to!
As the sun dropped from the sky, the sky turned into a spectacular background and I could not pass the opportunity by. I did miss dinner at a fantastic restaurant waiting for the colors to be just right, but I think the picture justifies the loss – barely. 🙂
Next time you are in Paris, check out Stephens schedule and listen to him play! And if you’re in Munich, Stephen, let me know.