I love music, I listen to it while walking, going anywhere, in the street… I feel it and think about images and pictures of the place I’m walking depending on the song. I’m not good at remembering names of songs, singing or even knowing popular music. I like the music I like and that’s it.
Do you listen to music when editing photographs? I do and it certainly varies my mood and the way I edit photographs. Specially when I’m in the wrong mood I can get really mad or in a bad humour (not to speak how the photographs will end!!)
When editing weddings I need to be surrounded by intrumental music, something soft and warm. That’s why, I apologize to my work-mate when I was editing my first wedding in the UK and didn’t stop listening to the same music. It’s beautiful, but after the 100th time you hear it, it starts to be a bit repetitive, I know…
But music is much more than the mood. Music adds meaning, leads you through a path and, sometimes, it also helps to tell a story.
When I started posting photographs on my flickr, I always posted music with them, a simple link, a song that would go with it and maybe, would add a special mood. Of course it was my favourite music and it showed the way I was feeling that day. I even ended creating a photograph for a specific song.
A while ago, when I started with my research on photography in motion, a friend gave me a device he had created for my camera so it shot every “x” seconds. And I created a video-portrait (normally people use those things to shoot at the sky or a flower for hours… I wanted to make a portrait with it) I wanted it to be a portrait. Because, you know, I’m a portrait photographer ;)
(this was made two years ago, I would have done it VERY different now but hey, it’s there, it’s part of my work, let’s use it)
The music I used was Breathe me by Sia (I love that song) and it drastically changes the mood in the video. While I was just “posing” and changing my face expression, music adds a very powerful meaning.
That made me think about photographers who work with music and the way they combine music and images.
That same year I came across someone who loves (L.O.V.E.S) U2, hence I discovered a lot of the work of Anton Corbijn (creator of some of the videos and photographs of U2) and his film Control. It’s another example of the combination of music and images, photography and sound. (And it’s been a while that I wanted to talk about it in our Filming Photography section)
My question is… how much do you use music when editing? How influential it is in your photography? Is your photography influenced by music/music photographers? and, finally, have you ever created a music-photography combination project?