I took this photo over the holidays late last year, which spawned a tongue-in-cheek post on Facebook:
If I ever do a vinyl double-LP prog-rock record, I have the cover photo.
(from the Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden).
I was just experimenting with long-exposures that night, and while waiting for my family I decided I could stand still for a long while like they did in the old days. Realized later I had a gatefold shaped cover, so I made my silly post, which pushed me from photography into music.
I suddenly wondered what the music might sound like, especially since I sometimes listen to but don’t really write in that style. So I sat down at the piano and this came out, and I liked it so I turned on the camera
and recorded this (click to play video)
Seriously, I just decided it should probably be in the key of Eb, and that suggested a set of related chords so I set the drum machine for a little oomph, and tried a progression and a variation and, well, it sounded like music.
Yes, you really should have a song or an album before you do a cover….but creativity is not always linear, or direct. You don’t always know where it comes from or where it will lead.
P.S. You can be creative or inspired on purpose too, but that’s for a later discussion. It’s okay to force it, as long as you give it room to grow where it wants to.
P.P.S I think I just shot this on a super long exposure without using a timer so I could take my place before it started, which is why the lights shine through me, but I liked the effect. In a more professional setting I would have shot it both ways, and edited this with some vignetting on the edges and exposure and contrast (levels) tweaks.