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 MUSIC OF THE SPIRIT, March 2010.

Featured in ART OF THE MUNDANE, August 2011.


Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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    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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