Mindful Photography – Week 5 – Inspire

This week I had to read a passage/chapter/short story of creative writing or a poem/song lyric. After absorbing the reading/listening  I was instructed to pick 6 – 10 words then create 3 – 5 photos from whatever these words brought up.

Initially I thought of Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham – the deep dark wood, the open road, Spring, Toad Hall but it all seemed a bit easy for me – too literal then I listened to a couple of albums by Van Morrison. However nothing popped into my mind photographically-wise except there was a line whirling around  in my head, ‘I don’t understand the things that I do.’ Eventually I remembered the rest of the song.

Drift Away was written by Mentor Williams and has been recorded by many artists – I first heard it in 1972  by Dobie Gray and have sung that line ‘I don’t understand the things that I do’ many times to myself. The song has a deep emotional effect on me – I find it profoundly sad, full of hopelessness, a cry to be released from this world. I googled other people’s reactions and all that I’ve read feel the song is about the ability for rock and roll to be a protective blanket to be lost in, an uplifting song so I’m out of kilter; I hear it as an unrequited plea to be given the beat, to be freed…. I want to get lost yet somehow never manage to be.

Day after day, I’m more confused
Yet I look for the light through the pourin’ rain
You know that’s a game that I hate to loose
And I’m feelin’ the strain, ain’t it a shame

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away
Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away

Beginnin’ to think that I’m wastin’ time
I don’t understand the things I do
The world outside looks so unkind
Now I’m countin’ on you to carry me through

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away
Yeah, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away

And when my mind is free
You know a melody can move me
And when I’m feelin’ blue
The guitar’s comin’ through to soothe me

Thanks for the joy that you’ve given me
I want you to know I believe in your song
And rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You help me along makin’ me strong

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away
Give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away

Oh-ho, ah-no
Give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock n roll
And drift away

Hey, hey, hey, yeah
Give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock n roll
And drift away

Na, na, now won’t ya
Won’t ya take me
Oh-ha, take me

Here are the results for this week. Ironically I never found my image for ‘I don’t understand the things I do’.5inspire3Day after day, I’m more confused5inspire2Yet I look for the light through the pourin’ rain5inspire1The world outside looks so unkind
5inspire4

Free my soul……and drift away

I’m trying not to manipulate my images post production so haven’t achieved the moodiness I’d had in my mind.  Strangely when I printed analogue film part of the art was done in the dark room so I don’t know why I have such a resistance to digital manipulation!

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