Have you ever listened to what the bassoon sounds like? It’s a woodwind instrument, and has this deep, woody, reedy sound to it.
It’s a proud instrument that stands tall, is capable of this gorgeous, rich sound and the mouthpiece (the reed) has this long, Marlene-Dietrich-style-cigarette-holding elegance to it.
A bassoonist is a bit like a pianist or a harpist – during an orchestral performance you might see them step out on stage and lead a performance.
Zoey Pepper plays the bassoon. She teaches it and she performs regularly in quartets. She travels with it. She’s a bit of a rarity, so will be asked to join bands and orchestras for various purpose made trips or performances.
It’s a fascinating world, the world of a musician. It’s like being an actor, you never know when the next gig will come up, and when it does, you need to be on your game and ready to go.
Musicians need to live, of course, on the other hand, and navigate their way through their organic and unpredictable life.
Zoey handles the uncertainty of her existence as a musician beautifully. To give grounding she leads a beautiful life in a house she loves by the sea, has her dog Belle and teaches regularly at Melbourne schools.
There’s this really calm and easy way about her, as though she always feels she’ll land on her feet.
She has this really feminine, whimsical way about her. She’s soft, gentle, graceful. You really feel with Zoey, that it’s all going to be OK.
Are you a professional creative?
Something I love asking is how would someone else describe you? For Zoey it’s words like calm, serene, whimsical, feminine.
Those words start to shape an idea of how you could be photographed. They are a piece in your puzzle.
If you’d like to explore how your creative life could be harnessed and presented in beautiful photos, let’s have a chat and see where the conversation takes us.
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