In the local section of yesterday’s paper, there was an article about a musician who had placed 12 pianos along the coastline in San Mateo County. By last Friday, the rangers had removed 5, so I decided I had to make time to go to the beach before they were all gone. You can check out the project’s website here.
In early July, Mauro is planning to deploy twelve pianos at select locations along the beautiful San Mateo coastline. Anyone can come and play a piano by the sea, anytime. He’s inviting some incredible bay area musicians to join him in bringing attention to the fragile state of the world’s oceans, as well as the near extinction of the “personal” piano. Piano manufacturing has dwindled, and the neglect of acoustic pianos has caused thousands of them to end up in landfills. The “Twelve Pianos” project will focus the spotlight on two species with uncertain futures.
I drove out to Poplar beach in Half Moon Bay because the article said there were still 3 pianos out there. The one above was easy to spot from the parking lot. It was covered in plastic, so I had to uncover it to get my shots. There was a father and son at the piano as I approached it. The little guy was playing some music. I bet this is a memory neither of them will forget. How often do you get to play piano at the beach?
I wish I had someone with me to model/play while I took some photos with my Nikon. I do know a few pianists that I’m sure would love a free shoot, including my brother and his wife. I just hope someone has some time in the next few days because this is probably a once in a lifetime shoot.
Both of the images were shot with TrueHDR because using a camera app that only takes one exposure would blow out the sky and you’d miss out on the drama that the clouds were bringing. I also used Snapseed and SimplyHDR to edit.