Well, better late than never, right? This challenge was announced not last month, not last year, but last decade. Unacceptable 😉 But music is worth the wait, so here it is finally.
I’m usually quite nervous about forgetting contributions after a few weeks of receiving them via email. Not this time. This time , it’s been longer and I’m petrified 😉 So, you know the drill: if I’ve forgotten you, please tell me (indicating the title of the email), I’ll do my best to correct asap.
But, about your photographs: first of all, thank you for sending them. Secondly, I think they illustrate perfectly the difference between a challenge, a competition and a collaborative project. A competition is an arbitrary face off between photographs (and can be glorious in the hands of good judges), a collaborative project is a set of people working to create photographs of a common topic, following a predefined angle or set of ideas. A challenge leads to a bunch of photographs that have nothing in common, save for the seed idea, every photographer taking a different point of view on it.
And this post again shows how diverse our, your, production can be, even around a fairly difficult and obscure topic. So well done and thank you for sharing those. Not every viewer will enjoy every set and that is the beauty of it. We don’t seek universality but personality. Kudos!
And that is how the photographs below should be viewed. Of course they stand alone, but they also give us an insight into the reasoning of the photographer, and potential ideas for ourselves. Some are photographs of live music. Others are evocations. Others are photographs of ideas. And so on.
As Jean-Claude rightly notes in the message accompanying his photographs, this game is fun but almost never works out. Meaning you probably won’t hear the same music as the contributor when seeing his or her photographs. But that’s OK. Think about the diversity of ideas behind the pairings, not about the pairings themselves. This is where the challenge can be useful and fun.
Here are two pictures of plants emerging from a very dark back ground. They remind me of Mozart, and; more specifically, the lighter and more charming Mozart, like this concerto for flute and harp K 299.
Plants have infinite beauty, a beauty which is both free and gratuitous, fragile and ephemereal. Their beauty serves no purpose, in the wonderful words of Angelus Silesius “the rose is without why, it blossoms because it blossoms, not concerned with itself, not asking if one sees it”. Silesius reminds us that flowers, breathtakingly beautiful though they may be, have no meaning. They don’t matter.
Mozart’s music is the same. One minute it is there, and delights us and then no more. Meaning will come later to lay music, with romanticism. But, though without meaning, the beauty of flowers, emerging out of nothing, pulls at our heartstrings, and we sense that something extraordinary is at play here, that they are not the product of happenstance. They remind me that, while they embody fragility and impermanence, they can also encompass al the beauty in the world, as cherry blossoms do for the Japanese. Like the quiet whisper that was the Lord God, and not the great and powerful wind or the earthquake, in 1 Kings 19:11-13.
Shot these at a Betsy gig in our local hal – she’s a local girl and it was packed out with all her old school pals. Whilst her music does little for me the gig was wonderful.
Sateen adds: “Elton John’s tribute to Marilyin Monroe – A candle in the wind – is a beautiful hymn to hope for all those who are different. Like this lily, which wilted before it ever got to bloom but shows a grace of its own, and was lying alone in a dumpster”.
Even though this is an image of ice it totally reminds me of all the components of our galaxy: stars, coronas, planets, meteors, and satellites orbiting and rushing about. The1960’s hit instrumental “Telstar” by the Ventures seems to capture the energy and perceived movement in the image. The song was named after the world’s first active communications satellite which was launched on July 10, 1962.
Lad adds: “Here are some early entries to your next challenge. I can’t always name the precise tune, but will try to convey a mood of these pictures that hum to me.”
I love good music of any kind regardless of genre, artist, composer, nationality … If its good music, I’m there. So being a photographer with that broad a taste, music often suggests images. “The Mysterious Forest” is a series of images created from images of trees photographed against a winter sky produced over several years of messing around with no thought of ever doing anything beyond the collection. Then along came Audio Machine and the piece “The New Earth”. Each time I listened to it I kept
thinking of trees. Hmmm … what if.
“Why so serious?”The Joker
Looking at my overflowing hard drive contents, I realise how few of my photographs are funny. Isn’t that very sad? I mean, humour sustains us. Why shouldn’t our photographs be funny?
So that’s the topic for this month’s challenge. Anything funny. The funnier the better. I don’t care what camera made it, where it was made, whether the image quality is good or not. Let’s just make it funny 🙂
It will be the “clicks and giggles challenge” 🙂
So, please send your photographs to me in an email (pascal dot jappy at gmail dot com), with the name of the challenge in the title, and jpeg photographs of 1000-2000px long edge dimension. Feel free to add any text you want and I will add your words to your images. Cheers.
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