When I picked my camera back up after a long time away from it, I wasn’t quite sure which direction it would take me. I knew I wanted to do something with music but wasn’t quite sure in what way. While on the net, I ran across an article about HDR photography and was immediately hooked. The painterly, dreamy effect that is achieved from this method was exactly the way I always pictured things in my head. It was definitely something I wanted to try. When that image appeared on my screen the first time that I used my HDR software, I was blown away! I thought I would post one of my early HDR photos here. I like to look at the journey that has brought me to where I am now. You will definitely see this painterly, HDR effect in many of my songs into images photos because I love it.
On another note, I promised I would post some images of contemporary artists and I am working on that now. I have chosen a song that I discovered earlier this summer by Aoife O’Donovan called Red and White and Blue and Gold. You know when you discover a song that you love so much you play it over and over until you get tired of it? This was one of those songs for me and I’m not tired of it yet. Aoife has a gorgeous voice which reminds me a little of Alison Krauss without the chipmunk quality. Sorry Allison, you are an unbelievable vocalist, but every once in awhile I hear a little Alvin.
I often think about one of the many reasons music and songs make such an impact on people. The simple fact that we can sometimes really relate to the characters and their feelings that are part of songs. Whether it’s losing someone we love, striving for something more, longing for something we don’t have, or just simply trying to find our way in life. This last one is what I related to the minute I heard the song so long ago. Who doesn’t at some point in their life, wonder what it is all about or how to discover who they are and what they are meant to do. Who doesn’t sit on a bus or subway, and make up stories about the people sitting across from them. I know I have many times. The combination of these things are what made this song such a vivid image in my head since the first time I heard it.
And of course, who rocks harmony better than Simon & Garfunkel, and of course Paul Simon is ONE of the most brilliant songwriters ever! The song is America from their Bookends album. Can you guess the line?
Song: America by Simon & Garfunkel
America by Simon & Garfunkel
Models: Dani Webster Schumacher & Andrew Schumacher
First Aid Kit, a Swedish folk duo, performed this this song at the Polar Music Prize Award Ceremony at the Concert Hall in Stockholm. What a unbelievably beautiful place, and the orchestra behind them. I loved this performance! Check out Paul giving them a standing O at the end!
There are a few albums where every single track invokes an image in my head and its difficult to choose just one. This time I forced myself to do just that with the song I guess I played the most. I’m revealing the artist and album below, but not the song or lines. Maybe you can tell me those?
Jethro Tull from album “Songs from the Wood”
I feel so good getting these images out. Although I was able to choose one song from this album, there’s one album where I can’t choose just one. Every song has always been a picture to me, so I have decided to attempt an entire album. I have started working on Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run album. This will be an ongoing project for me as I need the perfect settings, items, etc. or it just won’t be right. While I’m working on that, I’ll still be posting my single images. There are so many brilliant contemporary artists out there as well as the classics! So much music….so little time! Being one of those organization freaks, the images I have chosen to post first are those from my past. However, I am going to try to step outside my comfort zone and mix it up a bit. Look for some of today’s artists pretty soon. I am so excited to work on them. I hope you are just as excited to see them!
Artist: Jethro Tull – Songs from the Wood
Model: Dani Webster Schumacher