Photographer's Note

The first pianos of the 1700's and early 1800's were very special, uniquely crafted instruments, only imported from England or France. By the late 1800's, with the rise of mechanical labor in North America, pianos were much easier to come by, and much cheaper. As more pianos were manufactured, more homes were built with the plan to have a piano in it. Children of the middle classes were able to afford a piano and piano lessons. And now, for the last century, every afternoon finds children sitting at a keyboard of some kind, hammering out their scales and arpeggios. I took lessons from the time I was 6 years old until I got to high school, and now I'm teaching other children to practice.

Besides the sound, I have always liked the look of a piano, especially with someone sitting at it. A child learning her first songs just pulls my own heart strings. This photo was taken under a florescent lamp at the side of the piano, combined with natural daylight. I had set my digital camera for florescent lights, but it was a little orange, so I altered the color balance and also clarified to brighten. Sharpened one degree; I like it a little soft.

Comments, critiques and workshops always welcome.

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