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I wrote Thursday about my encounter with three NYPD Counterterrorism officers who were on duty that day at Columbus Circle. Mr. Photographer and I were headed into Central Park to take some #celloeverywhere photos when the desire to play Bach for these men suddenly hit me. When I approached to ask them, I got too close. Their supervisor yelled “STAND BACK!” I ended up playing, one of them asked if they could see the photos, and we gave them a flyer.



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That night, I received an email from one of the officers, who had also found and liked the photos we posted on Instagram. He’s given me permission to post it here:


Subject: Counterterrorism NYPD


Sir,


If we startled you with our req...

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Mr. Photographer and I, along with my daughter, went back to Columbus Circle tonight. The plan was to get some #celloeverywhere shots with night-time traffic, which we did (one is below; he wants to try some different settings on another outing). As we were taking those, Michael and Lauren, wonderful dancers with TheRideNYC.com, asked if we would like to do something with them. I played the Minuet from the Bach Suite No. 1 in G Major, and they danced:



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They’d just finished their shift. As I understand it, they hide behind the monument, and then when the tour bus approaches, they dance to music played simultaneously on the bus and through their in-ear monitors. (It’s evidently quit...

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“STAND BACK!” the young man in a black uniform shouted at me.


Our first #celloeverywhere photos didn’t show any interaction with people. Of course, this is New York, and it’s not really surprising to anyone that there’s some guy playing an instrument on the street. Even a sleek and shiny carbon fiber cello.


But I really wanted to play for people.


We headed up to Central Park, and at Columbus Circle we noticed these counter-terrorism guys.


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They looked like they could use some Bach. Why not?


So I walked up and got a little too close and the guy on the right was quite assertive with me. “Stand back!” he shouted at me.


“No problem,” I was quick to ...

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A couple of years ago the idea came to me: do a series of photos of me playing the cello. In all sorts of different locations. Like the Smoky Mountains:



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(This was actually quite a difficult spot to reach, which I’ll explain in another post.)



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Getting to this spot was an adventure, too. It’s easier said than done, but luckily I connected with a wonderful photographer, Jiawei Fang, who has joined me in this project. This would not work as selfies! We have set up the #celloeverywhere tag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


We did a shoot at the DePauw Nature Park, which encompasses an old limestone quarry, just after Christmas.




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Now we are in New York as I attend the Chamber Music Ame...

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