How photography connects with music

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SEBASTIAO SALGADO

As a photographer myself, I have the opinion that music and photography are a very inspirational mixture. Not only is music important as a source of inspiration, it is also important as a guide on the street and should be embraced in the pictures as well.

What does it mean for Your Photography

So what are the applications of the study and how can music improve Your photography?

If I would compare photography to sports, athletes are often listening to music before entering the competition. As a photographer, it probably also helps to listen to music before hitting the street.

As You can trust the study, it doesn’t even have Your favorite music, if You want to be more creative classical music, that evokes positive emotions is the best to let You be more creative.

Music and Creativity

Apart from that more anecdotal stories, there are clear scientific evidences, that music helps artists to be more creative. Music has already been proven to have a positive effect on the memory and learning center of the brain. But now, there are also strong links between becoming more creative and listening to “upbeat” music.

The study was built upon testing the creativity of its subjects. They were either faced with absolute silence or had to fulfill the creative exercises while listening to classical music. The classical music was then categorized to evoke the distinct emotions of happiness, sadness, anxiety, or calmness.

After comparing the results, it has been shown, that the participants performed the best when they listened to the classical music, which should evoke happy emotions. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t even matter if the participants like the music. Their personal taste and preferences didn’t have any influence on the outcome. It was the happy classical music itself, which had a tremendous positive impact and let them perform better.

The researchers linked the better results to the overall mood and described, that the happy state of mind is ideal for performing creative tasks.

Music and photography share similarities in many ways. Both are forms of artistic expression that appeal to a large audience but leave enough room for everyone to make sense of it in their way.  Although we’re free to interpret a track or a picture on our own, it’s equally intriguing to find out what are the creators’ thoughts or moods toward the pieces they created. This adds an extra layer of experience that can make looking at a photo or listening to a song more interesting!

When we think of the connection between music and photography, one iconic name that often comes up in any discussion is Ansel Adams.

Much like a musician, being adept at multisensory processing can be considered a desired attribute in any photographer. It has been shown to speed our reactions, help us identify objects, and heighten our overall awareness and sensitivities—allowing us to perceptually (and intuitively) make sense of our world.

So, what is it about the synergy between photography and music that makes them so interchangeable, so undeniably linked? Photographers often talk about creating visual music in much the same way that a musical artist might describe the visual imagery that is conjured up with a song

Enri Mato is an urban architect and photographer born in 1986 into a family of artists. His father was a sculptor and his mother was a restorer, who worked at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He grew up in Tirana, where he discovered his interest in photography and art at an early age.