Unsung Atlanta Behind the Photographs: Audience of One


This photograph was one of the first I took for the project that ended up being my Unsung Atlanta series.  At the time I didn't have a cohesive vision of putting together a photography show.  I just had a camera and some free time on a Friday afternoon.

I took my camera to the Atlanta Beltline to see if I could find anything interesting to photograph. I almost immediately came across these two musicians strumming and belting out folk tunes.  In between songs I put some money in their guitar case, told them I was enjoying the music, and asked if they minded me snapping a few photos while they were playing.  They didn't mind and when a little boy scootered ahead of his mom to hear the music, I was close enough to capture the moment.

I titled this image 'Audience of One' most obviously because the child is the only one the musicians are playing to.  But as a musician myself, this photograph also conjured up thoughts of the purity of playing music under a bridge on a Friday afternoon, creating music that you would want to listen to and playing it just because you love to play it.  Clearly they were doing something right because that little boy isn't paying any attention to the inviting path in front of him.  He is captivated by the music and the musicians making it.