Vose & Sons Quality

Music and Photography: Food For The Senses


Vose & Sons Quality

This is the keyboard to an old upright piano which sands in my downstairs living room.

This is the piano which I never quite learned to play.    I only took one year of lessons on this instrument.   I somewhat regret not pursuing it further.

Here the piano sits with soft sun light on its aging keys.   I never thought much of it, but the Vose name did have a reputation for quality.   This quality for sound comes from the availability and the quality of old growth hardwood lumber that was quite common in the 1890s especially in the northeast.There is something common between a great photographer and many composers.   I think it is the ability to see or imagine things  which are not in plain view.   For instance, many people have visited Yosemite and some have even climbed El Capitan.  Yet few people  have really noticed the interplay of light and shadow like Ansel Adams or even paid attention to the thought of when the best light comes like Galen Rowell.  That is half of the stuff right there that makes a good photograph  or any work of art great.

This is a quality sounding piano, if it gets fixed up.    I want to get it assessed and find a good buyer for it.  I want people to enjoy the music from this instrument.   These pianos were built to play anything from Bach to Joplin.  This was often a center for entertainment for my family for generations.  It accompanied many sing-alongs.

This photo of a church window, for example was taken in my film days using Kodak Ektacolor 160 color negative film.    It was taken on an ideal day because the skies outside were cloudy during that afternoon.   The solitude of the empty church on a Sunday afternoon made for a good time to just play with the camera and see what comes out.

The film recorded the colors in their natural tones.  The cloudy skies eliminated any bright spots.   The sanctuary lights were off therefore leaving the walls darkened to the point of blackness so nothing else shows but the content of the window itself.   Shooting this was a moment of prayer quietly worshiping the Good Shepherd.

Sometimes there are pictures begging to be photographed.

Jesus the Good Shepherd at Trinity Lutheran in Wausau.

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