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Entries in sound + vision (2)

Friday
May282010

Sound + Vision 2

Sound + Vision combines two of my favorite things: sharing music and taking photos. Included with each photo is a streaming song that I thought worked well with the image. If you enjoy that track, I hope you'll purchase it cheaply with the helpful Amazon link.

♫ Waves, Waves, Waves

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Wednesday
Jan132010

Sound + Vision 1

While I've never thought of myself as a real photographer, I've always taken loads of pictures.  I remember spending a summer at the Jersey Shore when I was 16 or 17 and buying a roll of black-and-white film and taking pictures of the Boardwalk in the rain (I was in art school at the time and it seemed like a really profound thing to do -- I was wearing a black-and-white flannel shirt if that paints a better picture for you). Later, I bought one of the early digital cameras and drove around the country with it. Then I discovered the mobile phone cameras, and things got messy. 

I spent most of the last decade photographing virtually everything with variously malfunctioning cameraphones. I think I've taken some reasonably cool pictures with phones, but I've always justified the practice by thinking of it in a kind of bastardized context of David Carson's (Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile) concept of fotografiks, a kind of photography/graphic design approach that you can invoke to excuse dubious photography as graphic design elements. Or something. It's a bit much for a hobbyist, really. Anyway, I'm pleased that at least among my friends and a bunch of strangers on the Internet, I've managed to develop a photography style of my own. However, it's been pointed out to me by more than one person that I've taken this filthy phonecam aesthetic as far as I can.

Here are some examples, and you can see loads more here if you like this sort of thing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In advance of buying a decent hobbyist camera, I've been spotlighting on Tumblr what I think are some good shots from my archives, including some cameraphone stuff I think has some aesthetic value beyond the idiosyncrasies of that format. Because I got such a great response to my This Used To Be The Future... series, included with each photo is a streaming song. It's an idea I stole from the very brilliant and very naked self-portrait photographer Sabrina Dacos (NSFW).

What I think I'll call Sound + Vision combines two of my favorite things, sharing music and taking photos. I'll continue to roll one out every day or so on Tumblr, but I'm experimenting with collecting those photos and songs here every few weeks, both for myself and for anybody who's kind enough to keep up with me but doesn't have a Tumblr (you should get one, it's fun).


♫ Emotion 98.6
 



♫ Big black cloud, little white lie
This one's on me (right-click or CTRL-click to download)


♫ Old World Underground, where are you now?
 


♫ She takes it all the wrong way
 


♫ Wish I could fly like Superman
 


♫ Shoot speed/kill light
 


♫ Heads will roll
 


♫ Something in the air


♫ All these things...
  


♫ They put you down, they say I'm wrong
This one's on me (right-click or CTRL-click to download)

That's it for this edition of Sound + Vision. If you're a photographer or a designer or just an appreciator of those things, I'd love to hear your remarks, feedback, criticisms, etc.