As the Ice Music Festival's artistic director, Terje Isungset invites noteworthy musicians from around the world to join him creating incredible sound with wild ice. This year's signature ice instrument was the cello and Leo Svensson, a folk hero from Sweden, accepted the challenge of playing it. Bill, of course, gladly accepted the challenge of making it.
Working with a design supplied by Leo, Bill and he worked well into a very, very cold and snowy night to produce the world's first ice cello. Although still freezing cold, the next morning produced some lovely calm conditions for Leo to start tuning his instrument. Around an hour of fine tuning with Bill and his intricate ice tools, was all that was required to produce a beautifully faithful sound of a cello.
Whilst Leo tuned, I looked for a suitably clean 50mm composition that would really emphasis the uniqueness of both the instrument and it's location. I quickly settled on this frame, as I felt that the juxtaposition of industrial snowcat (which also built this year's IMF arena and stage) with the cello's bow would really sing.
To fine tune the frame, I decided to use the red number 75 to mirror Leo's red coat and, crucially, anchor the frame. Lighting up a 1000w halogen 'night sun' to the rear left of the frame served to add a little warm to the proceedings and also lift the contrast ever so slightly (when the sun is behind cloud, snowy compositions become awfully flat). Throw in a delicate bow position to cut through the left of the frame and bingo, recipe complete.
Once Leo had finished tuning, I showed him the frame on the rear of the camera. I explained that I used the red 75 as an anchor and he looked at me with great surprise; Leo was born in 1975!
And guess what, my brother, Leo, was born in 1975 too. A photograph that was meant to be :-)