Stories told by photographs

Girl in the woods

As you may already know from reading my previous blogs I like photography. Here is my try at conceptual photography and how I tried to turn an idea I had in my head into a photograph. It started with a song…

I always said that there are two types of people in this world, people who listen to lyrics and people who only care about the melody. I’m a lyrics girl, I can rarely stand a song that will have meaningless lyrics. I have to be able to connect with a song on some level. I have to find a meaning in the lyrics, something that resonates with what I have been through or I’m going through or have seen other people go through.

Lately I have been listening to Ben Howard’s last CD. I have been waiting for his new CD to come out so I thought why not listen to the old one in the meantime. I love Ben Howard, he can write lyrics like no other, he’s got a gift. I kept listening to one of his songs titled “All is Now Harmed” on repeat and of course the lyrics caught my attention. In a true lyrics analyst fashion, I dove in to see how other people interpreted the song. I found a really interesting comment on the internet, somebody said that they thought Ben was singing about depression and what it is like going through it. How you fight it and how you hope that you can beat it. How others don’t always understand what you are going through. This really resonated with me because I have a degree in psychology and I volunteered in charities that help people with mental health problems before.

The more I listened to the song the more I wanted to create an image that would go with it and the lyrics behind it. I came up with this concept of a girl entering a forest, the forest is a dark place and the girl is not prepared for a hike in the forest, she is possibly lost and looking around for a way out. The forest here represents the dark corners of the mind. I also wanted to show that there is always light around the forest and that no matter how scary or dark the forest may get, there is somewhere a way out and the lights shines through. There is hope.

This is the story behind the picture. The song that inspired it. If you are lyrics person like me, I highly recommend Ben Howard.

Ben Howard – All is now harmed
As a child he was not there,
Not scared of the flood of the creek
And the thud inside your chest
Clearly calm and keeping terrorized
The ageless pull of winter along the by your side
Here in light on the soft divide?
The middle curtain all?
Pull me down was I born to lie
Here at all, here at all
Here in light I thought I said comes home
I cant do this alone
Sleepless light I was born to lie?
Now prove me wrong, prove me wrong
What is in your nature, looms inside your blood
Hold me in harms wake baby, all is now harmed
What is in your nature, looms inside your blood
Hold me in harms wake baby, all is now harmed
As a child he was not there,
Not scared of the flood of the creek
And the thud inside your chest
Clearly calm and keeping terrorized
The ageless pull of winter along the bayou side
Here in light I thought I said comes home
(What is in your nature, looms inside your blood)
I cant do this alone
(Hold me in harms wake baby, all is now harmed)
Sleepless light I was born to lie?
(What is in your nature, looms inside your blood)
Now prove me wrong, prove me wrong
(Hold me in harms wake baby, all is now harmed)
What is in your nature, looms inside your blood
Hold me in harms wake baby, all is now harmed
What is in your nature, looms inside your blood
Hold me in harms wake baby, All is now harmed
Songwriters: Benjamin John Howard
All Is Now Harmed lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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