Orquestra Atipica de Edimburgo

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This particularly great looking bunch of musicians spent some time with me on Sunday doing some photos for publicity. I had a great day with them and enjoyed Edinburgh on a beautiful bright February day. I loved photographing them and loved their willingness top trust me as I dragged them onto the monument at Calton Hill in their light shirts in the FREEZING afternoon. Thanks guys, I hope you love the pictures as much as I do.  This would have made a fantastic day for me anyway, but to hear them play was really special; these guys are totally amazing. They play traditional style tango, and the sound of them, their soulfulness, their tightness makes your heart ache. They are brilliant.

Orquestra Atipica de Edimburgo’s Facebook page.

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These images were done with one flash and umbrella on a stand fixed and one handheld by my helper for the day, Gustavo. We were able to move that one quickly to balance the lighting without wasting time.

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One problem taking advantage of a band for photographs is that they tend to wander off all the time; with a little platform and a 30 foot drop on 3 sides they tend to stick together. Mwwwwaaaahahaaaaaaaa

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An Edinburgh band need to have Edinburgh behind them. I love that city so much.

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Back now on terra firma. Those smiles are relief. I don’t care what the motivation was however, I’ll take advantage anyway:-) Note the tiny Princes Street behind them.

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And now, double bassist extraordinaire, James…

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How cool is James’s hair?

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What poise, what a shirt!

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One of my favourites, the lighting, background and pose are totally classic. This is in Gustavo’s wonderful cafe, looking out on Broughton street.

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Every tango band needs someone in a red dress. None of the guys were up for it, so Petrea stepped up to the mark.  No the background of Arthur’s Seat and the crags isn’t stuck on. She was way up high and keepin’ it real!

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Here’s Petrea in the cafe later. I love the background and the catchlights in her eyes.

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As a guitarist myself, the most humbling part of the day was hearing Mark making this astounding lightly built flamenco instrument sing and wail so perfectly.

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Note the resemblance to the amazing David Gilmour Pink Floyd fans. The graffiti is a shame here. I wondered about cloning it out, I’m just not sure. It’s a love/hate thing..

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And finally Roberto. Master of the bandoneon. If any instrument can be said to be hard-wired to the listeners soul, this is it. This man and his music will break your heart, and you’ll love it.

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Check Roberto’s chiselled looks.

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And then, in the cafe, Petrea sang and everyone turned to watch and listen, you have to, she’s that good. Don’t go to see this band if you don’t want to fall in love with Petrea’s singing.

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Just a few angles on the guys now:

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And finally, helper-for-the-afternoon Gustavo and Petrea showed their skills dancing tango while the band played. Beautiful and amazing.

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Check them out.

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  • martin

    Looks great and I’m sure it was not cold at all way up there with just a shirt or dress on. The graffiti should go, get marigolds and cif and get back up there.

  • Good work, Matthew. Great colors and angles. Of the top group shots, I personally prefer the 2nd one down if you could copy James’ forward looking glance from #3 into #2. I like the “looking into the camera” approach than the ‘off to the distance’ one, except, in the 2nd B&W group shot where I think it works well. I also like the really ‘tight in’ head shot of James. Very cool! Haven’t shot a band or group like this yet, but keep offering to do so for band our son-on-law is in. Tough job.

    Bill

  • Rosemary Stewart

    What lovely pictures of the Orquestra! You have really caught their characters – pity there is not a musical background as you scroll through!

    James’s Mother