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Heidi Braacx

The Cranky Molluscs

I HAD THE DISTINCT PLEASURE OF DOING A PHOTO SHOOT WITH THE EFFERVESCENT HEIDI BRAACX AND KARINA INKSTER, WHO, TOGETHER, COMPRISE THE BAND KNOWN AS THE CRANKY MOLLUSCS. I AM UNCERTAIN AS TO THE EXACT ORIGIN OF THEIR NAME, BECAUSE FROM WHAT I COULD SURMISE, THEY WERE NEITHER CRANKY, NOR MOLLLUSCS. 

I was privy to a pop-up concert in the park and know those around us also appreciated the melodies. They bring the sound of the accordion (historically not my most favorite of instruments) and the violin (very much my favorite instrument) together perfectly. it was like a scene out of Amelie. And it forced me to rethink my negative accordion bias.

They have a special kind of quirkiness that I was hoping to capture with my goal being some candid and posed shots for their promotional purposes. However, there were some technical challenges to overcome. Due to everyone’s tight schedules, there was just a small window where the three of us could connect. This meant we shot in harsh mid-day sun, resulting in an abundance of shadows. With no lighting kit or assistant, we had to make the best of available light.

This did provide for one unexpected creative opportunity - when I asked them to clasp hands, an ‘M’ (for molluscs) appeared in shadow on the sidewalk behind them, resulting in a surprise shot I really liked.

But back to the ‘Molluscs; they are also altruistic, having performed multiple times by donation for worthy local charities. If you get a chance, I highly recommend taking in one of their concerts. You will instantly recognize them by their signature polka-dot-and-red styling. And as soon as you hear the crooning of their blended sounds, you will recognize that too.

They have recently made themselves available for limited private engagements so if you are lucky enough to book them for a function, I can assure you it will be a night you will remember. And of course you won’t be able to forget their unique name! Check them out here:

www.crankymolluscs.com

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