He Shall Have Music Wherever He Goes

Canvas Prints

Small (8.0" x 12.0")

$133.74
David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

Sizing Information

Small 8.0" x 12.0"
Medium 12.0" x 18.0"
Large 16.0" x 24.0"
X large 19.9" x 30.0"

Features

  • Each print is individually stretched and constructed for your order
  • Epson pigment inks using Giclée inkjets to ensure a long life
  • UV protection provided by a clear lacquer
  • Cotton/poly blend Canson canvas for brighter whites and even stretching

Artist's Description

This is Terry Sansom, a man whose face is well known in central Melbourne. Each day, with official permission, Terry drives his old ute (utility vehicle) into the city and – wait for it – manoeuvres his weather-beaten old piano off the tailgate, onto a makeshift ramp and finally onto the pavement.

Then he wheels the piano to a convenient spot in the mall and begins to play. His music reverberates around Bourke Street and those who pass by drop coins into his little yellow plastic bucket.

When I took this shot, in April 2009, it was a rainy, gusty cold autumn day. Yet he sat there, belting out honky-tonk, jazz, pop and just about every genre you could think of. He told me he was about to head up north, to warmer climes – with his piano.

See his “tux”? Look closely at it. You see, it’s actually an old black T-shirt on which he has painted lapels, a bow tie, a collar and a pocket kerchief. At the end of our conversation, I asked him where he lived. “Wherever I park the ute, mate,” he replied simply.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F6.7, 1/30sec, ISO 400, focal length 50mm.

Featured in 50+, January 2011.

114-7101

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