Sunday 10 April 2022

Beyries At Théâtre Corona

I always enjoy doing a little reading about the musicians that I have the good fortune to photograph.  My latest show saw me return to the Théâtre Corona in Montreal to photograph a show my local sensation, Beyries.  It was while reading up on her career that I learned she got her start in music at a young age by writing songs on her Grandmother's piano.  My Grandmothers both played a role in supporting my photography, so I instantly get the warm fuzzies when I learn that a Grandmother is involved in the career trajectory of any artist.  Hers is also a story of surmounting odds.  Beyries, or rather Amélie Beyries the person, beat cancer twice before finally deciding to follow her heart and let her talent lead her way.  How can you not root for her after hearing her story.  But, she isn't just a story.  The songs that she kept hidden for so long touched a receptive public. From those humble beginnings, a very respected career has begun to bloom.  As she said during a break in the music, in the span of five years she has gone from playing her songs to nobody to playing them before thousands of people on stages all over the World.  On this evening, the stage was a homecoming celebration before friends, family and fans.  And they were all more than ready to celebrate with her.  Her first two albums, Landing (2017) and Encounter (2020) have garnered her many fans, and those fans let out a roar of approval when she announced from the stage that her next album would be entirely in French.  The mood was already festive, but now the real party could begin.  The first photograph was taken at f/3.2, 1/100sec, ISO 4000 at 35mm and the second photograph was taken at f/3.2, 1/80sec, ISO 4000 at 24mm.  I was given free reign to shoot the whole show from anywhere, so here are several more photographs that I took during her performance.

f/16, 1/50sec, ISO 16000 at 24mm

f/3.2, 1/100sec, ISO 4000 at 33mm

f/3.2, 1/100sec, ISO 1600 at 24mm

f3.2, 1/30sec, ISO 3200 at 70mm

f/3.2, 1/100sec, ISO 1600 at 39mm

f/3.2, 1/30sec, ISO 3200 at 70mm

f/3.2, 1/80sec, ISO 3200 at 70mm

f/3.2, 1/320sec, ISO 3200 at 70mm

f4, 1/50sec, ISO 3200 at 125mm

f/3.2, 1/640sec, ISO 3200 at 70mm

f/4, 1/80sec, ISO 3200 at 85mm

f/4, 1/100sec, ISO 3200 at 24mm

f/3.2, 1/400sec, ISO 3200 at 70mm

f/3.2, 1/200sec, ISO 3200 at 70mm

It was a dream come true.  Wandering around the historic walls of the Théâtre Corona, camera in hand, taking photographs of a talented musician before a crowd that adored her.  To find out more about Beyries and her music, follow the link to her website.  A big thank you to Emmanuelle Girard of Comme C'est Beau Management and Marianne Côté of Roy and Turner Communications for getting me a pass to the show.  Beyries had the courage to not only face down Cancer twice, but to take the leap necessary to leave a life of boring jobs behind in order to follow her dreams.  You can't help but to be inspired by that.

No comments:

Post a Comment