Music For Intimate Storytelling

As a photographer one of the biggest mistakes or challenges I face on a regular basis is the idea of "intimacy" When you are in a location making photographs the experience will always feel more 'real' because you are "there". But when looking back at the images I make I often feel a distance between me and subject that I did not feel in the moment. The images that I tend to feel the most 'moved' by on an emotional level are the ones where I am very close to my subject. The best photographers are the ones who are able to connect a feeling to their images in a way that is profoundly intimate, so when some one views their work they can feel it on a very deep level,  despite having no direct relationship to the subject like the photographer had. So with that I bring you our latest playlist MUSIC FOR INTIMATE STORYTELLING. These songs are quieter and encourage the listener to connect to the stories in the songs which resonate a gentle intimacy. 

    playlist: 1. Sam Amidon- Bright Sunny South 2. Mandolin Orange- House of Stone 3. Perfume Genius- All Waters 4. Grouper- Invisible 5. Colleen- Everyone Alive Wants Answers 6. Dylan LeBlanc- If the Creek Don't Rise 7. Kurt Vile- That's Life, tho 8. Sufjan Stevens- Fourth of July 9. Iron and Wine- Love and Some Verses 10. Marissa Nadler- Drive 11. Nick Jonah Davis- Cold Wind on the Long Mynd

 

 

playlist:

1. Sam Amidon- Bright Sunny South

2. Mandolin Orange- House of Stone

3. Perfume Genius- All Waters

4. Grouper- Invisible

5. Colleen- Everyone Alive Wants Answers

6. Dylan LeBlanc- If the Creek Don't Rise

7. Kurt Vile- That's Life, tho

8. Sufjan Stevens- Fourth of July

9. Iron and Wine- Love and Some Verses

10. Marissa Nadler- Drive

11. Nick Jonah Davis- Cold Wind on the Long Mynd

Music for Hypnotic Skies

It's hard to say what motivates me to go out day after day and make photographs but for me it really comes down to one thing: the sky. Why? Because that is where light emanates from. Now most of the time that light is plain or harsh but for the briefest of moments it can be simply mesmerizing. We all know how colorful and dramatic sunrises and sunsets can be. But my favorite light to work with is storm light. The dark skies before and after a storm when the sun is shining on one side of the storm makes the sky a painterly purple. Often sun rays poke through some of the breaks in the clouds and rainbows can occur. It's simply "HYPNOTIC",  So with that our latest playlist:

Here is the track list:

"Teen Angst"- M83

"Same Dream China"- Gold Panda

"Generation"- Liturgy

"Zones Without People"- Oneohtrix Point Never"

"Unrecorded"- M83

"Olympians"- Fuck Buttons

"Brazil"- Luke Abbott

"A Paw in My Face"- The Field

"Grass"- Animal Collective

"Cyborg"- M83

"Where Does Time Go"- Oneohtrix Point Never

 

 

 

MUSIC FOR THINGS THAT END BEFORE THEY START

I hope everyone who had a chance to listen to "Music for Harsh Landscapes" was moved and inspired by the music. That playlist was definitely a challenging place to beginSo that brings us to a new collection of music, "Music for Things That End Before They Start.". Our visual  world is constantly arising and dissipating, appearing and then vanishing, which is what makes photography so challenging and important. I think back to a rainbow and an intense stormy sky over rural Virginia farmland that vanished before I could get to the right spot.  With that spirit in mind, the music here is mostly experimental electro-folk where a lot of the elements arise and evolve quickly. .

 

 

 

 

Here is the Tracklist:

"You Always Keep Around"- JBM

"Iguazu"- Gustavo Santaolalla

"Cello Song featuring Jose Gonzalez"- The Books

"You"- Matmos

"Tropic of Cancer"- Panda Bear

"Cinnabar"- Isan

"The Journey"- Voice of the Seven Woods

"Opening"- Phillip Glass

"Wheelhouse"- Kurt Vile

"Long Nights I"- Daniel Bachman

"Reach for the Dead"- Boards of Canada

 

 

 

Music For Harsh Landscapes

A few times a month I will be posting music playlists that are intended to inspire photographers while listening to the music. The playlists will be set up through 'Spotify'. Each playlist will have 11 songs. Like a lot of photographers, music is a huge part of their creativity. Some of my happiest, most liberating experiences are while driving to photo locations and listening to music on the open road. I have also been a musician for a long time now and produce my own work.  So without further adieu, to hear the music click on the link below:

 

 

Here is the tracklist:

 

"Borderlands" -Tim Hecker

"Shivering Aurora"- Skullflower

"Abandon Window"- John Hopkins

"Red, Black and Green"- Pharoah Sanders

"Pelham Island Road"- Oneohtrix Point Never

"Being Her Shadow"- Grouper

"Out to Where I am"- Infinite Body

"White Dwarf Butterfly"- Jefre Cantu Ledesma

"Dark Room Distortion"-36

"Spiraling Skeleton Memorial"- James Blackshaw

"Mouth of Sky"- Mount Eerie