Category: handpan

Smoked handpans in the studio..



For this shoot with Saraz Handpans we rented a fog machine. It was very, very foggy in the studio. Taking pictures of handpans (also sometimes referred to as the hang drum) is one of my obsessions. It’s not as easy you’d think.. yes, it’s a shiny, and round metallic object. But the real challenge is in making it look interesting, and adding some dimension. Luckily, I had the best model I could hope for (Josh Rivera), who also happens to be one of the finest percussionists I know in town. Thanks to Marie for smoothly operating the smoke for us. 🙂



Handpan players are so of my favorite subjects! Probably because I have a mild obsession about this instrument. Here are a few selects from HANGOUT USA 2016 Handpan gathering in Asheville, NC. It was quite fascinating to photograph almost 30 portraits in 2 days. I didn’t get to attend any workshops due to the fact I was working to get these shots, but I did meet a lot of handpan players from all over the world: Brazil, Portugal, Germany, Italy, South Africa, and many other countries. Some of the most epic handpan jams and concerts happened at this event. These shots were taken with natural light underneath an old barn.

Kali Handpan Goddess


Philippe Gagne, Canada


Carlos Rodriguez aka Kabecao, Portugal



Jacob Cole tuning his Tabla.


Tuning Handpans..

I had the great pleasure of spending a couple of weeks in a handpan tune shop earlier this fall. I can’t give away the secrets here of course, but here are a few documentary shots I caught of the tuning process. I can tell you it involves hours of painstaking hammering, tuning software, and a lot of patience. Anyone thinking of getting into this must have plenty of Virgo in their chart. 😉 Thanks to Mr. Rivera and his lovely wife for so graciously hosting me during my visit.





The Blue Ridge Pkwy last fall..

A postcard from the edge.. of the blue ridge mountains, with a handpan. October is definitely my favorite month. This shot was taken around this time last year. It is part of my Handpan and Hang series. More will emerge from the archives soon. Thanks to Saraz for being part of this magic.


Fall colors in Asheville with handpans

Kara needed some current portraits for her work and music promotions. (She plays handpan and a Halo at the Asheville Salt Cave). We roamed around the countryside in Swannanoa, just outside my studio, and found several ideal spots for capturing some fall magic. We also visited a friendly goat farm, climbed over a dangerous electric fence, and got kicked out by security guards while shooting on private property. Pretty typical photo shoot stuff. Kara was such a joy to work with, and we caught several different moods by changing lighting and location.