Photographs to Dance to
As an expressive art, music is like nothing else; it is ephemeral, completely intangible, and fleeting. It exists only at the moment it is comprehended, yet its impact on the listener endures. I was more interested in the camera because the camera’s sense is singular. Even when confronted with a purely auditory medium, the camera has no choice but to see.
Is it possible to record a song in a single image? This series stemmed from a desire to use a visual medium (photography) to describe the nuances of an auditory medium (music), and to capture its emotion, duration, and movement rather than its tone and notation.
I photographed myself and my siblings by fixing the shutter open for the duration of a chosen piece of music. I hoped to compress the piece of music into a single photograph, a single moment.
Once the song ends the active listening experience ends with it. I wondered if perhaps there was a lasting visual imprint left by the music – like that of the looming resonance of the final note, the warmth of the musicians’ touch on the keys or the emotions imparted onto the listener.