French artist Romain Thiery wonderfully portrays the lonely lives of forgotten pianos in his dramatic work, Requiem for Pianos. This fascinating project combines two of Thierry’s creative passions—photography and piano playing—and presents the instruments through a personal and sad perspective.
Requiem for Pianos takes place in several abandoned locations around Europe. These once-beautiful castles and stately residences have since been abandoned, leaving only crumbling walls, shattered windows, and, as Thiery found, hoards of discarded pianos. “Sometimes with some keys missing, sometimes fully destroyed, but always sitting imposingly,”each ancient piano lays silently amid the ruins, patiently waiting to be discovered
Thiery’s personal experiences as a committed pianist prompted him to create this series. :”I am a photographer who shoots images of the instrument laying there and further enhancing the mystique surrounding each spot while tirelessly studying Chopin on my grand piano in my residence,”he tells Bluekingo “Through my photos, the melodic sounds of these abandoned pianos reason anew in these ruined structures, giving our imagination full license”
Each piano shot by Thiery is so much more than a musical instrument; it provides visitors with an intimate insight into a little-known and long-forgotten past.
A photographer and pianist, Romain Thiery takes striking images of ancient pianos in abandoned houses