“It’s called dancing,” comes the reply.
“Oh no! My hands are in the air like I just do not care,” he says, panicked to find his hands above his head.
That short scene accurately captures the effect music has on almost everyone. Regardless of the style or genre one might prefer, music makes us move without even thinking about it. Conscious effort is required to not move, something exhibited in the squirms of any pre-schooler told to sit still.
Motion is something difficult to convey with still imagery. Photographs capture a specific moment, a pose, a heartbeat, not a move, a development, or a choreographed presentation. While there are certainly creative ways to imply movement, the only way to actually capture motion in a photograph is to open the shutter and move.
This is exactly what we’ve done in this photo set with Evelyn. We turned on the music and let it take its toll as she moved to the rhythm. We intentionally kept the set short and chose only the images where the motion blur seemed to capture the emotion of the music. Evely
Evelyn’s interpretation is personal to her, though, and we won’t pollute the viewer’s experience by attaching any specific soundtrack. Play whatever you like and see if the images still match. For my own experience, they motion works across multiple genres and even extreme differences in tempo.
Music has this hold on us that we cannot control; it encourages, even forces us to move. The choice is not ours. The music makes us.