My name is Tyson Vick. I am a photographer who builds entire worlds for my photos. I make the costumes, sets, props and sometimes even landscapes and buildings seen in the photos.
In the Summer of 2007, I started illustrating the operas of Mozart through photography. Since that time, this project has been awarded a grant by the Puffin Foundation and won top honors in photography contests such as WPPI. It has been nearly a decade since I began, and after an unexpected hiatus where my father passed away and my other project, “A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters”, began, I have come back with a fervor in order to make my father proud.
My father was very proud of my work on this project. It was his motto, “practice your craft”, and he enjoyed watching how I excelled by leaps and bounds by challenging myself in photography, costuming and business. It was my father who motivated me, helped me, and I must be completely honest, funded this project. I will finish my Mozart Project in his memory, and I hope you will join me here on my blog!
I started this blog in order to chronicle the things I’ve learned in order to produce my photographic illustrations of Mozart’s operas such as textiles, historical costuming, wig styling, millinery, miniatures, and photoshop techniques, and to show off the things I make for the project.
Mozart wrote 24 operas, three of which are fragments, in addition he wrote 2 cantatas and 2 other musical dramas. There are 29 plays that I will be illustrating in total. I am illustrating one scene from each act of every play, whether Mozart completed the setting or not. This will yield around 100 images. I am also writing about each play, and this will accompany the images when I publish the finished book.
The life’s blood of the project is the nearly one hundred men and women, boys and girls, who have joined me on my adventure as models, stylists and assistants.
My largest supporters are my Father, Mother, Grandmother, make-up artists and friends Lizzie Hatfield and Jadi Stuart, costumers Catey Lockhart and Camille Jackson and my Aunt and Uncle who let me raid their house for props every season. I could not do it with out these wonderful people’s interest and passion. Thank you all!
Jessika “Nikki” Baker
Checkers Lissa Barker II
Nicholas T. Cammilleri
Jordynn Wynn Cheeney
Andrew Lynn Gingerich
Nora Munde Gustuson
Trevor K. Ivanich
Wayne L. Vick
Virginia Le Ann Webb
Eric Joseph Wills
Wayne L. Vick
Funding in Part Made Possible by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.
Kendra and Joseph Baker
The Baker Family
Bozeman Public Library
David J. Buch
Cathy and Dennis Dellwo
Gordon and Anna Dellwo
Caenaan and Lizzie Hatfield
Amanda Koenig and the Tonic Hair Salon
Montana Camp Antiques and Gifts
On Center Performing Arts
Rockin’ TJ Ranch
Tristan and Sayaka Miyamoto Vick