Musicians tend to have extremely personal relationships with their instrument of choice. A guitar worth only forty dollars may be priceless to a player who has spent years with the instrument learning its particular vagaries, touch, and sonic personality. Players strive to become one with their instrument so that whatever they hear can be played–the instrument becomes an an extension of their musical id and their soul. Because of this, the bond between instrument and instrumentalist is complex and deep.
Very often musicians like to be photographed playing their instruments, this being the normal form of the interaction between the two. My intention with this series is to do the opposite. Having the subject posing with the instrument instead of actively playing brings out a different side of the relationship between player and instrument and shows them as separate and distinct entities, each with an independent personality. Hopefully, these images show the empathy and love that players have for their intensely valued, yet nonetheless inanimate instruments of choice.