I have now had the EM-1 for a few months, however this is the first time I've shot a wedding with it. I found the camera to be versatile, nicely responsive and performing well in low light. The images I shot were without flash and at quite low speeds. The image stabilisation definitely works well! Overall I'm very happy with the camera's performance and will certainly keep using it for commercial work. All images may be found in the wedding collection. Some images are below.
The full collection of images from the "Fringe" Jazz Photography Exhibition are now uploaded. Enjoy!
Click on one of the images above to go to the exhibition collection.
By Dr. Vince Briffa, Artist and Researcher
Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)
The jazz photographs of Sergio Muscat aim to capture the entire physicality of a musician’s performance in one telling story. For Sergio, seeing the music (performance) is as important as hearing it. But unlike Wassily Kandinsky’s abstracted paintings of musical improvisation or Piet Mondrian’s rhythmic depictions of the sound of jazz, Sergio is not after representing the music genre through his preferred artistic medium. He is more interested in the artist’s performance as an activity that develops over time. Capturing the real soul of the jazz musician requires Sergio to become synchronous with the performer’s own movements. Snapping the picture is therefore a refined exercise in clockwork body movement and camera control.
This performance by the photographer is also the technique used in Muscat’s recent Soul Searching series; a body of work which also incorporates the gambled gestures of the camera in movement as a means to capture the artist’s personal memories of a place. Sergio’s recent interest in such temporal afterimages has its roots in an internal search for the very soul of the viewer-viewed relationship, a pursuit for the absolute human experience befalling the photographer and the photographed.
One therefore needs to view this body of work not as a document of the many prominent jazz musicians that have graced our shores over the many years that the Malta Jazz Festival has been organised, but rather as a collection of fragments of outstanding performances executed by a duo of artists – the jazz musician and the photographer. Like a duet, these works require the input of both performers equally and, if one were fortunate enough to have been present during one of those incredible starry nights at Ta’ Liesse, one can truly relive the magic of the moment through each one of these works.
I have recently been invited to exhibit at the newly restored Palazzo de Piro in Mdina. It is a beautiful space and has a lot of cultural and personal history tied to it. The exhibition, entitled "Fringe" will feature work created during the past few years of the Malta International Jazz Festival, and will form part of the "Jazz on the Fringe" events in the run-up to this year's Jazz Festival. The exhibition launch event will be held on the 17th July, the day before the festival kicks off. It will also feature a performance by well known singer Nadine Axisa.
The Exhibition will run from the 17th July to the 29th Septeber. Further details may be found on the official Facebook event.
This year I have once again been honoured with a photography pass to the Malta International Jazz Festival. It is now 20 years since the inception of this event, and it has become an institution both locally and overseas. Last night’s performance was fantastic – three very different styles, each impeccable and thoroughly enjoyable. The...
It is four o’clock in the morning. I’ve dozed off a couple of times, I’m sure of that – but it was worth it. Enjoy the images from the Malta Jazz Festival 2010, Day 2, featuring Esperanza Spalding and Joshua Redman Double Trio. The latter will be published as soon as I get the go ahead.
It does take a toll… Three days of fun, meeting friends and good music. Time to catch up on sleep, but before that, here are some pictures from the first act of day 3 – Charles “City” Gatt Quartet. The rest tomorrow… assuming I wake up, that is!