Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"Give Me a Box of Your Finest Chardonnay."

This song and video, among others has been influential to the way I think about art, in general. The simplicity of it is nothing new. There have been plenty of bands that have consisted only of a drummer and a bassist. The interesting thing is the sound created when the two meet. The sound created by the bass is not as a result of pedals, synthesizers, or other circuit magic. The sound actually comes from the intentional misuse of the amplifier. In the same way, we, as photographers, cross-process film, shoot with expired Polaroids, make double exposures, etc. as part of our creative process. This is also as a result of the intentional misuse of our equipment. The relatively "avant-garde" nature of the creation of the music and the creation of our images can sometimes be off-putting, but the results are no less valuable, if only for the purposes of experimentation.

Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights

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