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This photo series by Charles Brooks is probably one of the most shared 2022 and immerses us in the fascinating gears of musical instruments.

This former cellist played for 20 years with the world’s greatest orchestras before converting to photography in 2016. “Architecture in Music” invites us to contemplate these invisible spaces that no one has access to except the experts who make them and the technicians who repair them.

The New Zealand photographer explores their inner workings using probe lenses. A composite of hundreds of photos taken and used in an overlapping process that transforms these small spaces into true infinite universes.

His composite images then tell us the stories of these wind, percussion and string instruments in an interplay of light and shadow: a flute takes on the appearance of a labyrinthine, sci-fi tunnel; a double bass becomes a concert hall; a didgeridoo, hollowed out by termites, turns into a cave; a 240-year-old cello looks like the machinery of an ocean liner. Or a Fazioli grand piano, “handmade from 11,000 individual parts,” resembles an electronic system, while other perspectives hint at endless corridors. No wonder this series has become one of this year’s most popular.

New Zealand

Credits : @Charles Brooks

Nathalie Dassa