Getting Your Photography Groove on

0 Posted by - February 9, 2014 - News/Blog

Beatles on Ed Sullivan

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Watching the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, I couldn’t help but remember all those images that coincide with the soundtrack of my life that was generated by those 4 amazing artists.

Do you remember Joe Holmes telling me the major inspiration for his photography was born out  of the Beatles’ last concert  in San Francisco at Candlestick park?  I must say this really surprised me: I expected him to tell me it was some sort of fairly conservative element. Instead he said it was the sheer raw enthusiasm that was being generated by the Beatles, plus the over the top frenzy of the moment. He said that even he started screaming at the top of his lungs. Beatle-mania propelled him to find that same ignition of creativity in his own art.

You probably know that Ansel Adams was on a career path to be a concert pianist. Then one summer he discovered photography in Yosemite which for him ignited a creative sunburst. He finally had to make the choice between photography and music as his chosen profession, as he put it, you can’t serve two mistresses. He transposed the discipline he had found in his studies of classical music to photography, which is why you see in his work such precision. Over and over he drew from the wellspring of his musical roots—even saying that the negative was the “score” and the print the “performance.”

You find so many photographers whose roots go back to music in some way,  how about Annie Leibovitz for example? Remember she got her start shooting for RollingStone, the first mag centered around modern music. She talks about the importance of music as a key element in her shoots to set the mood she’s looking for or or simply to keep the set in the groove.

I’d love to hear your connection to music and how it’s influenced your work.

7 Comments

  • Here Now May 31, 2014 - 8:54 am Reply

    Interesting post Marc. Although I’m not strictly influenced by music as such, but rather places. I’ve visited Liverpool a couple of times now, with the sole purpose of soaking in the atmosphere and learning more about one of my favourite bands; The Beatles. As a bonus, the events did generate some lovely photos too.

    Nice website, thanks for creating it!

    • Marc Silber May 31, 2014 - 9:06 am Reply

      That’s well done and thank you, stay tuned for more.

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  • danny bailey December 29, 2010 - 8:55 pm Reply

    Wow Marc. You really hit the nail on the head for me. Back in 78′ I was managing a music shop when during a meeting with Warner Bros. A & R types they loaded a 16mm promo film and showed us the band DEVO. Their quirky style, syncopated raw edge rock along with dressing in yellow bio hazard suits had a profound affect on the path of my visual art today. Their continuous art innovations mixed along with their music molded a passionate path of creativity that I continue to follow to this day. They proved to me that anything in art was not only possible but powerful.

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