ViolinMulti exposure black and white image of Violin shot by Anna Chobotva on Ilford photo film

Technical info

Film Used:  ILFORD HP5 plus 400 

Format 120 (6*6)

Camera Hasselblad 503CW 

Lens: Planar 80mm f/2,8 CF lens and Makro Planar T* CF 120mm f/4 

Exposure time Double exposure (f/5,6 1/30s)

Location: Petrozavodsk (Russia)

Tell us the story behind Violin. What inspired you to shoot it?

I have been working with the Karelian State Philharmonic for many years. The Philharmonic invites world famous musicians for concerts and festivals, and I shoot portraits of those musicians for posters and other various projects, I am grateful for the opportunity to interact with such interesting and talented people, and with many of them a have maintained a friendship. Each of the musicians has his own features that fascinate me as a photographer.

I took this photo on October 24, 2014. In it you see the magnificent and talented violinist, Aylen Pritchin.  His hands were fascinating as they worked the strings - like spiders, quickly, accurately and professionally. I wanted to convey this movement, to give the photo life. Additionally, it is necessary to mention the violin. Musicians at such a high level very reverently choose their instrument. This particular violin is the work of Neapolitan master Gennaro Gagliano, and was created in 1765.

Did you come across any challenges?

When shooting musical instruments coated with varnish, you need to monitor the reflection and glare from the lights, and place the lights themselves very carefully. In this case, we were lucky with the weather and I abandoned the studio light in favor of diffused daylight. In addition, musical instruments do not tolerate sudden changes in temperature. You need to keep this in mind, trying not to place them close to sources of constant light that can excessively heat the instrument.

What process did you use (Tripod? Set exposure time? Filters? Lighting?)

I wanted to show movement, to give the picture dynamics. For this, I chose to take a multiple exposure. For different shots I used lenses with different focal lengths of 80 and 120 mm. When shooting the second frame, I turned the camera a little.

How did you process it?

I have my own small photo laboratory, I carried out the film development myself using ILFORD chemistry.

What about printing? 

I like to add texture to my artworks, so I am crazy about ILFORD Multigrade Art (11 x 14 ") paper! Cropping a square format to a vertical one was done while printing to be able to use the work in magazine printing and for posters.