Sound and photography workshop

Today’s two-hour workshop was on sound expressed through photography and explorations of the visceral memory. We had to try and represent a sound with images, choosing three out of seven options. I decided on: pain, blue, and silence.

I called the first image ”Scream of pain’. I created it using a voice recorder on my phone, shouting and screaming as if I was in tremendous pain. I took a photograph of the recording on my phone and turned up the saturation in photoshop by one-hundred percent to produce a curious and bizarre effect.

My second image portrays sound blue. I named it ”Force of blue”. I decided to light up a gas cooker and, using the force of gas combined with the fire from the lighter, create a photograph of the hob lighting up with blue flames. At that juncture, the sound of lighter and gas setting off to flames formed the sound of blue.

For my third choice, I settled on silence. With Shaun’s help, who peacefully meditated in the kitchen, I strived to capture an image that would represent the chosen theme. I named this photograph ”The silence of meditation”.

In my opinion, it has been the most troublesome project until now. Once I got the information about the workshop, I searched online and on Youtube for examples and inspirations.
I was very perplexed as most of the art and photography projects I found were on film, not photographed. I struggled slightly with the idea of representing sound with images, but eventually, I accomplished the outcome that satisfied me. The activity was problematic, but that does not mean that I did not relish it. I appreciate and benefit from the challenging projects. I believe that it is the only way to grow and advance my practice.

Published by Elzbieta Skorska

My name is Elzbieta Skorska. I am a second-year photography student degree at MMU.

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