Ailsa @ Where’s My Backpack has done it again: proposed a photo challenge that is difficult to resist. And it isn’t an easy challenge either: rhythm!
How do you capture in a photograph something that can’t be seen? If you think literally it seems impossible. Until you consider a different approach: all good photos are more about what the emotion and ambience they suggest instead of the specific image that they capture. Looking at it this way, I thought of several photos I’ve taken over the years — a bullring in Spain that makes me think of the Toreador’s song from Carmin; any number of shots taken at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that make me want to hum a few notes from Back Home Again in Indiana; see a picture of a baseball stadium filled with fans and I can not only smell the hotdogs with mustard, and beer, but I can also hear the opening National Anthem or Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the 7th inning stretch. Music is a constant presence in our lives and the rhythm of our lives is made up of a cacophony of sounds filtered to those that we remember: maybe the sound of traffic out our windows, or a dog barking, or the radio playing a little too loudly on the neighbor’s patio, but also a friendly hello, a loved one’s laugh, or the quiet breaths of an infant sleeping comfortably in his crib at the end of a long day where the only noise is the gentle humming of the furnace.
Below is a photo essay from one midday walk in NYC’s Washington Square Park on a spring day a few years ago. The day started out a bit rainy and the streets echoed the usual cacophony of the city, but once the sun came out, in this small oasis at lunchtime, there was a definite vibe — a rhythm — the was the soundtrack to a break for those spending a few minutes in the park, whether they were working, on their lunch hours or tourists. Listen: can you hear the beat?
See the other entries is Ailsa’s challenge here.