Shooting and Listening: Trap That Feeling

The images below were shot on a walk through the neighborhood downtown using a Holga with expired, cross-processed Kodak E160T. After last week’s interview questions, I’ve been thinking a lot about how music and photography relate. Both the process, and the finished product. What soundtrack do you hear when you look at your photos? While downtown I bought the new Neko Case CD Middle Cyclone. Love all of her previous studio albums. Not sure about this one yet. Also picked up a Sublime Frequencies release by Syrian music legend Omar Souleyman that is absolutely brilliant.

While trying to sort out connections between the sound and images, I ran across a post on the WFMU blog called Captain Beefheart’s 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing, which contains gems such as:

5. If you’re guilty of thinking, you’re out
If your brain is part of the process, you’re missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something that is fur bearing.

8 thoughts on “Shooting and Listening: Trap That Feeling

  1. I actually just put all my Pearsonville favorites on DVD to a instrumental called “Pacific Wind” by Ryan Farish. I thought it was the perfect fit for the slide show because has a lonely feel to it, as did being in the junkyard. He’s an artist that the weather channel frequently features.
    In another dvd chapter, I took most of my daytime Pearsonville work and put that to AC/DC “Highway To Hell.” It’s interesting to watch both back to back.

  2. Hey Tim – Yeah, spacey music works well for night photography. I’m partial to krautrock like Can, Cluster, Neu, etc. for night photography soundtracks. Captain Beefheart works well for Holga stuff sometimes. AC/DC makes sense for the junkyard!

  3. Joe, Really glad to see image 9. I’ve signed up for SoFoBoMo and plan to use a holga lens on the digital camera and crop to square. One of the projects I’m considering is some straight on shots of an old neighborhood in town and I was thinking if I did that I might need to use a glass lens. But no….you just convinced me that the holga square will be fine.

    I’m a regular reader of your blog. Love your holga work.

  4. Troy tried to spy my iPod in Pearsonville. Some things I can remember listening to: Explosions in the Sky, Red Sparrowes, Whiskeytown, Joanna Newsom (Ys)… Interesting that you mention Neko Case. I listened to both Fox Confessor Brings the Flood and the Tiger album back to back at Pearsonville. She’s been a night soundtrack for me for some time now.

  5. Troy – I thought you said we were gonna listen to Iannis Xenakis the whole trip next time.

    Billie – I tried a Holga lens on a digital SLR, but the results were strange. Will be interested to follow your neighborhood picture adventures. Glad the toy camera stuff is stimulatin’!

    Cody – Sounds like a great mix. Yeah, Neko sounds like night to me. My favorite of hers is Blacklisted.

  6. Hey, thanks for making me listen to samples of Iannis Xenakis so I’d know what you were talking about. It’s hilarious. Do people actually pay to listen to that?

  7. Great suggestions, a lot of these selections are on my night photgraphy/roaming in the desert playlist already.
    A couple of bands I’ve been getting into lately are The Castanets (lo-fi spacey freak folk) and Bohren & der Club of Gore.
    Bohren is all instrumental and reminiscent of Angelo Badalamenti’s work with David Lynch, very minimal and moody.

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