A Photographers Challenge: You’ve got the music in you

If you know me, you know I almost went for a career in music before switching to photography. Music influences my life almost every day. When I hear a song it brings back memories, makes me think of people, friends, family and even my photographs. So here is the challenge:

  1. Pick a song that you love
  2. Go walk around while listening to the song
  3. Take pictures of things that inspire you
  4. Post a comment with the Song and Artist name with a link to your photo that the song inspired.

Make sure you tag your Flickr photos with SWIChallengeMusicInYou
Challenge ends on September 9, 2010

My favorite one will receive a fun prize: The winning photo will be printed as a 24″x32″ or 24″x36″ (depending on dimensions of the photo) canvas gallery wrap by Artistic Photo Canvas

Artistic Photo Canvas

oh and you get bonus points if you explain why it makes you think of the photo.

Good luck and thanks for reading,
Scott

Examples:

When I hear Into the Dark by The Juliana Theory I think of this photograph
When I hear Into the Dark by The Juliana Theory I think of this photograph
When I hear American Hearts by Piebald I think of this photograph
When I hear American Hearts by Piebald I think of this photograph

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,
Scott

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Here's the link to a picture I took that made me immediately think of U2's "No Line On The Horizon": http://www.flickr.com/photos/28798135@N07/3911546

    Why? Well, the most obvious reason is because the photo is of a place where the sea meets the sky and you can't tell the difference between the two. But further, the underlying theme of the song is infinity, and I think you can see this as well in the gradient from fog to water and the reflections. Thanks.

  2. Here’s the link to a picture I took that made me immediately think of U2’s “No Line On The Horizon”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28798135@N07/3911546349

    Why? Well, the most obvious reason is because the photo is of a place where the sea meets the sky and you can’t tell the difference between the two. But further, the underlying theme of the song is infinity, and I think you can see this as well in the gradient from fog to water and the reflections. Thanks.

  3. Secret Garden by Bruce Springsteen. As soon as I saw this scene, that song popped in my head.
    http://flic.kr/p/8vdqF5

  4. Um…I meant wow what a cool contest. Hehe.

  5. “A Rockin’ Little Record”
    http://www.lussierphoto.com/2010/09/03/a-rockin-little-record/

    The hallway floor was strewn with debris from this abandoned school, including a number of turntables. “This one”, I thought, “still wants to play”. The decaying record player with the decaying needle on the decaying record. I thought of the classic Rock and Roll standard, “Roll Over Beethoven.”

    “Its a Rockin’ Little Record I want my Jockey to Play”

  6. Sunset by Kitaro on his India LP.

    I love listening to really off the wall stuff on my Pod while I shoot. I actual searched for a sunset song while shooting this day.

  7. When I hear the song "I Love This Town" by Bon Jovi. I think of a recent image I took of the Boston Skyline back in July.

    Everytime I goto Boston, I am blessed that I am a short distance drive from there. It is one of the most beautiful towns to photograph and the link to the photo below is one of my favorites as it showcases the skyline at its best.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nolansternphotograph

  8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gservo/4974770299/
    Inspired by ‘Wake Up Frenzy!’ by ThePillows on their “Runners High” Album
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pillows

    I was listening to the Pillows this morning , this was all by accident, i was thinking of using Radiohead but The Pillows beat them out

  9. When I was recently in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of going shooting with Brian Matiash where I captured this image:

    When I framed & captured this image, the song “Long Road to Ruin” by the Foo Fighters entered my head. The song can have arguably different meanings: perhaps a love lost that would have been found if only things were different (lyrics like “No harm, no life, no love; No stranger singing me your name”), or perhaps regaling the ending of war through a change in leadership in lyrics like “One flag was taken down; To raise another in its place” but to me, it’s not about these themes. It’s more general in terms of the life we lead. The lyrics that echo most in my mind are “Dear God I’ve sealed my fate; Running through hell; Heaven can wait”.

    I don’t know if it’s that I was envisioning the underworld as looking something like a warped version of Red Rock Canyon or if it was the winding road in front of me in the title onf the song, but in my mind the song tells us to follow our dreams today regardless of the life you’re leading today. Make a change now and find your dreams at the end of the road.

    “Let’s say we take this town;
    No king or queen of any state;
    Get up to shut it down;
    Open the streets and raise the gates;
    I know a wall to scale;
    I know a field without a name;
    Head on without a care;
    Before it’s way too late”

    And then enter the chorus

    “Long road to ruin;
    There in your eyes;
    Under the cold streetlights;
    No tomorrow;
    No dead end in sight”

    A powerful rock song with a message that’s powerfully sung by Dave Grohl – dare to dream & chase your goals in life today.

  10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wozaalbert/497589884

    Song: Cathedrals
    Artist/Author: Jump Little Children (Jay Clifford)

    This song always evokes a lot of emotions–a combination of loss and hope; longing and contentment. I think this photo of the Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Bryn Athyn, PA captures the mood of the song:

    In the cathedrals of New York and Rome
    There is a feeling that you should just go home
    And spend a lifetime finding out just where that is

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