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Sakuhachi sensei Hideyuki Ueno has already given me one award-winning photo Fingers crossed… I am hoping this second image might again win me something.

I had taken maybe over 200 images of him and his two co-players over two performances. And I only “discovered” this image last night when I was preparing for the photo essay, The Sounds of Silence over at jpg magazine.

Initially I had another image in mind, of him holding the sakuhachi at waist level and looking very solemn as he prepared to play. But I think this close up is much better – and more to my “uptight” style.

Image captured at Tapestry, a festival of sacred music, at The Esplanade, Singapore in March 2009.


  • clickinhistory
    clickinhistoryover 5 years ago

    love the tension and focus in his face, good luck with this shot Richard

  • Thanks Richard :-) You and Jeff (below) both describe the expression very aptly.

    – richardseah

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudover 5 years ago

    Truly amazing portrait, concentration and serenity!

  • Thanks Jeff :-) “Concentration and serenity” – what a description!

    – richardseah

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 5 years ago


  • Thanks so much :D Susan

    – richardseah

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 5 years ago

    Love the clarity, focus, and the positive flow from this beauty!!

  • Everett Cook
    Everett Cookover 5 years ago

    this is cool

  • Hi Everett, Thanks for the cool comment :-) Glad you enjoyed this pix.

    – richardseah

  • KiwiAna
    KiwiAnaover 5 years ago

    How peaceful

  • Hi KiwiAna, thanks for the visit and the comment :-)

    – richardseah

  • satsumagirl
    satsumagirlover 5 years ago

    Wow what a serious face! Excellent work.

  • LOL! yes I guess he takes his music very seriously! Thanks Satsuma

    – richardseah

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant capture my friend….the lighting and mR. Sakuhachi ..just perfect…..what a great and passionate image! many congrats!!

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