In ‘Architecture in New music,’ Hanging Pictures Reveal the Concealed Constructions of Devices



January 26, 2022

Grace Ebert

1780 Lockey Hill Cello. All photos © Charles Brooks, shared with permission

A cellist given that childhood, Auckland-primarily based photographer Charles Brooks spent twenty several years accomplishing with orchestras all over the planet, an knowledge that incited curiosity about the internal workings of the instruments surrounding him. “I never really realized what was heading on inside of. That was a realm reserved for the luthier. Occasionally, when an instrument was being fixed, you’d get a exceptional glimpse inside of, which was normally a thrilling encounter,” he shares with Colossal.

This interest culminates in Brooks’s ongoing Architecture in New music series, which friends inside pianos, winds, brass, and strings to unveil their concealed anatomies. Structural and typically flanked by repeating factors, the composite pictures body the shadows cast by a cello’s F holes, the seemingly infinite rungs of a flute’s sound chamber, and a piano’s row of hammers, all of which appear additional like properties or public infrastructure than musical factors. “I was often fascinated in the psychology of how our brain interprets scale in a two-dimensional picture. I’d been fascinated by the tilt-change impact, which built major factors appear modest by blurring component of the impression, and I wished to know if I could make little factors search big by trying to keep anything sharp,” he states.


Fazioli Grand Piano

In get to preserve each instrument whilst photographing, Brooks made use of a probe lens with a “minimum aperture of just f/14, which signifies you want a incredible sum of gentle. It also has a really shallow depth of subject at that aperture, much less than a centimeter when you are concentrating close to the lens.” Each individual foray into an instruments’ body uncovered a similarity between brands—the Steinway and Fazioli grand pianos have been just about identical—and several contained markings and residue from repairs that dated back generations. “Some devices definitely shocked me,” he shares. “I’d by no means assumed to glance inside of a Didgeridoo right before and was astonished to discover out that it was carved by termites, instead than by hand!”

Prints of Architecture in Music are accessible in Brooks’s store, and you can find substantially far more of his do the job on Instagram. (by means of swissmiss)


Steinway Product D Grand Piano

14K Gold Flute

Fazioli Grand Piano

Steinway Design D Grand Piano

Steinway Product D Grand Piano

Didgeridoo by Trevor Gillespie Peckham (Bungerroo) Australia

2021 Selmer Saxophone



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