I’ve always enjoyed the sound of the sax, going way back to my school years and the sound of Fausto Papetti. There is a strong musical gene in our clan, but I have to admit it bypassed me completely! 1,062 views on 9 November 2013.

This was taken in 2007, during a live performance of a jazz trio in a Glen Waverley pavement cafe, here in Melbourne. They gave me permission to shoot while they played – and halfway through their set I noticed this saxophone sitting in a bag. The angle was irresistible.

I do not crop or post-edit my work in any way. Shot with a Pentax K10D. F4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm.

Featured in A BEAUTIFUL BLUR, May 2009.

Featured in ALRIGHT, WHAT IS IT, August 2009.

Featured in ALL ABOUT FINDING THE UNUSUAL IN THE USUAL, February 2010.

Featured in MUSIC OF THE SPIRIT, March 2010.

Featured in ART OF THE MUNDANE, August 2011.

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  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    interesting shot

  • Thanks – it was just sitting there, waiting to be played (or photographed)

    – David McMahon

  • gracestout2007
    gracestout2007over 5 years ago

    I like your perspective in this shot. Very interesting!

  • Thank you, Grace. I shot it from this angle because it reminded me of a swan.

    – David McMahon

  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...over 5 years ago

    Great Title and image of this wonderful instrument! – Good luck in the challenge
    - David

  • Thanks very much, David. The musicians were very kind to allow me to shoot around them while they played.

    – David McMahon

  • LeighAth
    LeighAthover 5 years ago

    Congrats on your top 10 placement in If it doesn’t belong . If you could please add this to the group so I can feature it that would be wonderful :)

  • Hi LeighAth,
    I’ve only just seen this. I do hope it’s not too late to submit it to the group. Please blame it on the fact that I am a newbie to RedBubble.

    – David McMahon

  • Helen Corr
    Helen Corrover 5 years ago

    your shot makes the saxaphone mouthpiece look alluring, like it really does want to be played … you have given it character … (I think it looks like a snakes head)

  • Thank you so much, Helen. I actually saw it as being endowed with a character of its own – and I shot it accordingly. A friend of mines, a jazz buff, said it reminded him of a golden swan!

    – David McMahon

  • Katagram
    Katagramover 5 years ago

  • Thank you, Katagram. I’ve just returned from a long road trip into the Outback – hence the delay in replying. I’m really delighted that this image has been featured!

    – David McMahon

  • ralph arce
    ralph arceover 5 years ago

    Always wanted to play the sax, ended up playing the violin instead. hahaha. Very interesting blur, I should say… :)

  • Hi Raphael. Glad you liked the blur. However, I cannot play this or any musical instrument!

    – David McMahon

  • jeffrae
    jeffraeover 5 years ago

    great use of focus…I love sax music!

  • Hi Jeffrae. Thank you. I’m so glad you liked the shot. Sax music really is an art form.

    – David McMahon

  • Atheum
    Atheumover 5 years ago

    Great use of angle and lighting, and the title made me laugh as well. : )

  • Thank you, Atheum. I’m so glad you liked the angle. It reminded me of a swan’s neck when I ``saw’’ the shot. I’m glad you liked the title too!

    – David McMahon

  • jeffrae
    jeffraeover 5 years ago

    Yes and so soulful too.

  • Thanks very much, Jeffrae. Sorry it’s taken me more than a fortnight to respond.

    – David McMahon

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