Music hits me in such an interesting way. Some days a song can be simply background noise. Other days, the same tune will be playing and the lyrics will bring me to unexpected tears. Even with the arsenal of music and words I store at my fingertips, (my notes app is full of quotes and song lyrics), I don’t usually have an intention of creating with a specific song in mind. Words however, do bubble up when I open the images in Lightroom or one of the many apps on my phone to edit my work. It’s like they were there all along, but weren’t ready to share their identity with me until the right moment.
Lyrics seem to match most often with my self portrait work and when I photograph my children. Perhaps because both reveal a little piece of my heart and a song is the only way I can articulate my emotions other than with the image itself.
As I gather my images up, I realize that songs inspire me in a different way, too. I realized I have many photos of musicians at work, perhaps a banjo player busking or a guitar player tapping his foot as he plays a gig. When a musician plays and connects with his or her instrument or voice, magic happens. I connect with them as they become lost in the lyrics and beat, just as I do with the rhythm of the shutter and light in my view finder.