Somewhat of an epiphany has occurred today relating to two of my passions in life; songwriting, which I have done for most of my life, and photography, which I've done for the last 10 years or so.
The epiphany being the realisation that these two passions are connected by exactly the same heartfelt motive - and that is to capture a moment in time, either in my life or somebody else's.
I've come to realise that both these activities that I undertake come from the same place within me.
For example, when I'm writing a song it is either about me or about someone that I have observed. It could be a personal experience of mine, or a personal experience of theirs. It could be a scenario of mine or a scenario of theirs.
My objective (or my motive) for writing the song in the first place is to literally capture the emotion of whatever it is that I am describing as best I can with the lyric of the song. Incidentally, this is my pure unadulterated motive for writing songs. I have absolutely no interest in writing pop songs that I think are going to be a hit!
I've come to realise that when I’m out shooting Street Photography, I’ve found myself doing exactly the same thing that I do when I’m writing a song. With the song, I'm describing the feeling and the emotion with lyric. When I take a photograph, I'm trying to capture exactly the same thing in an image. In both mediums, I'm trying to freeze a moment in time.
I might be a little slow on the uptake but it has taken me up till now to realise that the two are very much interconnected.
The funny thing is, even as I type this I am realising that it's kind of silly for me not to have come to this conclusion earlier, because both of these things (photography and songwriting) come from the same place … me!