It is not every day that I'm invited to photograph a dinner party for hosts with the titles of Sir and Lady, and just as equally as exciting, I had an up close glimpse into an extraordinary piece of 18th Century history.
These fun moments began on Saturday when I was invited to photograph a private dinner party at the Peter Michael Winery which is tucked into the Calistoga hills. The guests began their evening by sipping perfectly chilled wine while taking in the beauty of the private lake and then we were caravaned up the mountain to one of the most spectacular dinner sites to be held!
The film (The Red Violin) was inspired by one of Stradivarius's violins, the Red Mendelssohn (1720), which is currently played by Elizabeth Pitcairn, whose grandfather purchased it for her 16th birthday for $1.7 million at auction at Christie's London. It is called "The Red Mendelssohn" because of a unique red stripe on its top right side, but how the stripe came about is unknown.