beautiful accordionism

12Jun09

Here are a few shots from a series I of portraits I took in Kyoto of Marié Abe, a stunningly talented accordionist and composer who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  These shots were originally intended for use in the 2009 edition of the Bay Area Accordion Babes pin-up calendar (with CD!), but the calendar’s editors wanted some racier action so none of these shots ended up getting used.  Marié rented a fantastic kimono for the day and we both endured the sweltering heat while we lugged the accordion and cameras around from location to location.

Here are the shots, by order of appearance, including locations, cameras, and lenses, and film used.

1) Keihan Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Agfa Vista 400

2) Alley near Kiyomizu-dera, Voigtlander Bessa-R2A, 35mm Ultron, Kodak Ektachrome 100

3) Fushimi Inari Taisha, Voigtlander Bessa-R2A, 35mm Ultron, Kodak Ektachrome 100

4) Yokai Café, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Agfa Vista 400

5) Fushimi Inari Taisha, Ricoh GRD2, digital

6) Fushimi Inari Taisha, Voigtlander Bessa-R2A, 35mm Ultron, Kodak Ektachrome 100

7) Yokai Café, Holga, Kodak 160NC medium format (with red flash)

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2 Responses to “beautiful accordionism”

  1. Absolutely gorgeous photography. The one of Marie on the tatami mats is especially atmospheric.. love it.
    Thanks for posting them!


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