a teatray in the sky

CounterPoint at the Pakistani Embassy

Posted in 5D Mark II, Music, Photography by firthefirst on February 19, 2011

I always enjoy hearing from CounterPoint because it tends to mean something awesome is about to go down.  so I was pretty excited when I got the call to meet up with them at the Pakistani Embassy again (last time’s photos are here).  the thing that CounterPoint really tries to push is to make classical music performance multidimensional, a real experience beyond the traditional sit-in-your-seat-and-listen-in-a-dark-room way of absorbing musical performance.  the idea this time was to showcase the work of famous Pakistani artist Shahid Rassam by not only displaying the work during the performance, but having him actually create a work in the midst of the musical performance.

I’ll be honest; I’d never heard of Shahid Rassam before attending the performance, but the art is amazing.  I’m no art historian/critic but I find it both surreal and approachable, which seems hard to achieve.  the colors are entrancing and there is a clear continuity of themes through the paintings that are explored in numerous ways so that it never becomes literal or repetitive.

again, I’m horrid with a brush, but to me it’s unbelievable to see something like this materialize in front of you in the span of half an hour.  I had a great time shooting the show with CounterPoint and hopefully there’s more in the pipeline to come.

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  1. Elmira said, on February 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    These shots are amazing. Great job John!

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