NorthEast Squeeze-In - 2011
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These are images of the 22nd annual North East Squeeze-In, a weekend get-together of people who play squeeze-boxes: concertinas, accordions, melodeons, bandoneons and all the instruments that use free-reeds. It's held every year in the fall in the Berkshires mountains of Massachusetts. This year, for the first time, it was held in Chimney Corners, a YWCA camp in Becket, MA, a lovely, lovely facility with many more amenities than our old venue.

People come from all over the Northeast U.S. and from as far away as the Cape Verde Islands and Hong Kong. It is gloriously disorganized and free-spirited and is made up differently each year by whomever comes and whatever they wish to do, though there are always pub sings, an Cabaret show and a contra dance. The music is never the same twice, but it is always weighted towards Irish and contra dance with a leavening of Klezmer, Scotch, English (such as Morris Dance and English Country Dance), Scandinavian, Tango, etc. There are jam sessions everywhere...two or three musicians to the big one with twenty or more in a packed room. One person will start a tune and gradually everyone will fall in playing along.
And as the weekend starts, people put themselves down on a last-minute schedule hosting workshops throughout the weekend...on everything from how to harmonize to self-composed Scottish-style marches

The Squeeze-In welcomes all, with a catch...this is not a performance venue: it a gathering of, by and for participating musicians of all levels with all welcome. And there is always a smattering of other musical instruments, which add texture to what can become a wall of free-reed sound.

There's a web site at:

I abhor the use of flash and used a wonderful Canon 5d MkII camera and 35 & 85 mm low light lenses to take these images. Unfortunately, the realities of extremely low light situations make it
a) very difficult to focus and b) high ASA sensor settings mean that the images taken using them are grainy and lack fine detail. Also, the color of the available light varied widely, I have not corrected the color balance

I would strongly suggest that, if you want to make a print, that you contact me and I will color-correct the image and send it to you.
But if the image coloration is closely enough, you can download the original full sized images as follows:
1) click on the image you want, which will take you to a page with just that image
2) click on the Actions drop-down tab at the top left of the picture
3) click on view all sizes
4) See the list of available sizes stretching from left to right. (Ignore the download button for now) Original is at the far right. Click on it.
5) Once Original size comes up, click on "Download the Original size of this photo "

If you participated in this weekend, I can send you a DVD of these 216 some images (1.2GB) in their original full resolution: send $12 ($15 international postage) to:
Stewart Dean
300 Ulster Landing Road
Kingston, NY 12401

NESI is a photographer's paradise: a mob of brilliant, imaginative people of character living out one of their dreams, playing, jamming with and learning from their fellow enthusiasts. The worst thing for a photographer is to have subject that a) have nothing between their ears and/or b) stiffen up at the sight of a camera and/or c) put on a face for the camera. That's not a problem here: this is people, pure and raw and in the glory of a full, passionate life.

These pictures were taken without the express permissions of the people in them, so I ask you to use them with restraint and due respect for their privacy.
Also, I ask you not to use these pictures in manipulated art. Either take the whole image and credit me with copyright, but don't drop it into a piece of your art. Using one of these pictures in a webpage is OK.

Email me at with any questions..........
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