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2014 Blog Project: Week 23

June 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Blog Project Week 23: Grace

So since I had gotten so behind in my blog posts from when I had all the dental problems, I had pulled both Inspire and Grace for the same week last weekend -- which was perfect given the Opera Concert I had promised to shoot on Sunday!

I got Inspire taken care of when I photographed Jacob during intermission (if you haven't read week 22 yet, he was the subject of that photograph) which I wasn't expecting to do. But I had a plan for Grace.

Usually when you see an opera singer perform during an Opera, you're pretty far away from them up in the nosebleed seats. If you have a translation in front of you, you may be looking at that, or at the complex scenery on stage, or even up at the ceilings marveling over the architecture and minute details (hmmm let's take a guess which one I was doing during my 8th grade trip to the Met). Rarely do you get the chance to be up close to world renowned opera singers as they perform. I was instantly blown away by the power and emotion that burst from them on the "stage" (altar) of this suburban church in New Jersey. Along with having to have powerhouse voices, they also have to be able to express multiple emotions and tell stories in languages their audiences may not speak from distances that require binoculars.

While the men's performances were impressive enough, the grace that flowed from both women when they performed was astounding. For a little bit, I wasn't sure which one I would use for this post because they both brought a different kind of grace to the table. Molly Mustonen was beyond animated in her performances of both classic opera and Broadway tunes, and brought a modern and contemporary flair to her performance. Along with her incredible voice Molly was also beautiful , which made her that much more fun to photograph (just wishing I could have used flash since the lighting in the church was low so there wasn't as much grain in the final images). Sara Louise Petrocelli was also gorgeous with an incredible voice, but her style was ever so slightly more vintage and classic. When I wasn't busy being in awe of her talent and emotion, I was falling in love with her teal and white floor length skirt. How was I going to pick who would represent grace for me this week?

Then as both singers were on "stage" to act a transition from one song to another, Sara plopped down on one of the stairs of the altar to give Molly a lead in for her next song ("Wonderful Guy" from South Pacific). Acting out the part of a tired woman at the end of a long day, she yanked off her heels and sat in a heap for a moment while Molly started her song. This was the photo I had to use. Because even in the middle of portraying an exhausted woman so desperate to get her shoes off at the end of the day that the plops where she stands -- she manages to do it gracefully.


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