I was sitting in the second row of the Venetian Theater at Caramoor in Katonah during the closing concert of the Summer Music Festival as I was listening to Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. The weather was hot and humid, and every movement of the conductor was reciprocated in the playful dance of the wrinkles on the back of his suit, which was completely soaked. I was not only listening to but also visually enjoying the orchestra’s performance.
A few days after the concert I recreated the scene with a maestro who performed a rehearsal of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 especially for me over and over again under hot studio lights. I took pictures of his back and these images were the basis for this work. I thought of each individual image as a visually recorded musical chord. Later I combined the images of musical chords into full musical phrases.