• Thoughts & Photographs - 29 •
I am often asked where I find the inspiration for the many different projects I am involved in. The secret, if there is one, is simple: you cannot remain creative if you do not get involved in new endeavors. You have to open new doors, explore new possibilities, venture into new mediums and explore other creative ways.
This is exactly what I did with the Navajoland CD and DVD both available at this link right now. These two projects, which are really one project consisting of two different parts, are the result of collaborative work between myself and Travis Terry. The idea was to bring music and photographs together. However, I did not want the music to be simply a background for the photographs, or the photographs to be simply illustrations for the CD covers. I have seen too many of those. Nothing wrong with this approach. It was just not my style or my vision for this project.
What I wanted was a symbiosis between the music and the photographs. To achieve this, we set out to select photographs for which the music was be composed. I then proceeded to write a short description of the mood I wanted for each composition based on the mood of each photograph. The photographs were created prior to the music, however I have been listening to Travis' music for years (his first album was published over 4 years ago) and many of the photographs I selected had been created with Travis' music in mind. Furthermore, both Travis and I have lived in Canyon de Chelly for many years, myself over 7 years and Travis longer than that, and although I now live further South in Arizona, in the Sonoran Desert area (which is also beautiful by the way) I return to Canyon de Chelly -to Navajoland- frequently. In fact, I will be there in just a few days as I am about to return for yet another visit and meet with Travis again.
In our day and age we have become acustomed to people doing one thing and one thing only. So much so that we have come to consider it the norm. Our language reflects it, with sayings such as "you can only do one thing well" or similar statements. The fact is that this is highly unusual. If you look back, historically creative individuals were known for being engaged in multiple endeavors. The term Renaissance Man, used to denotate an individual who makes use of many talents, comes actually out of the historical record and was fostered by such people. Our time is quite unusual in this regard, and in my view the current paradigm when it comes to the number of activites one can engage in (namely: one) is due to the ever-increasing demands placed on our time and to the ever-increasing shortage of available time we have.
At any rate, finding out if the Navajoland CD is up to the level of my photography, or vice-versa, is easy. Simply visit the Navajoland CD & DVD page and listen to the sound clips and watch the Video excerpt available there. You can also listen to excerts from the Navajoland CD on the Beautiful-Landscape podcast.
May you have great light and walk in beauty.
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