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The Strings of Youth

Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier

Our cover photo for the current issue comes from photographer and writer Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier. It’s a deeply evocative impression of a girl engrossed in her fiddle. The image is called “Strings of Youth,” and we think that concentrated immersion reflects the writing you’ll find in the Wild Musette Journal.

We asked Karen about this particular image, her process, and use of music in her visual artwork. This is what she had to say.

“‘Strings of Youth’ is an image of my daughter Marielle. I shot this image while she was engrossed in practicing her violin.

“Inspiration comes from the things with which I surround myself, but I like every image to tell a story, no matter the theme. It can’t feel stagnant. I try to find subjects which share an emotion or a texturing and layering deep within lights and shadows. I hope to find the extraordinary within the ordinary while in that space, because for me, this is where my photographic visual art resides.

“In ‘Strings of Youth’ I hope you can hear music and sense the level of concentration.

“Music speaks to everyone, but I feel it beats fiercely in the hearts of musicians. Capturing that intensity was what I wanted to accomplish here. I deepened the contrasting outline of the subject, while creating a light textured sky blue background, in hopes the dark and deep curves of the instrument she holds, with the bow striking upwards into the blue light, would symbolize that for any violin and it’s dedicated musician, the sky is the limit. When you really thing about it, it’s so true! The textured fabric of a tapestry of sounds fills the air.

“This is also the place where my visual art inspiration conceals itself, just waiting to be revealed through a lens and a moment in time.”

Thanks, Karen, for sharing your great work with us. You can learn more about Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier at

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