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Video 3 – Geometric Abstractions, Window

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New photo montage work with music by Steven Coolidge.  Geometric Abstractions of downtown views.  Window views.

Steve says:  I have lots of percussion sounds on my computer but I prefer real drums. The underlying background to this piece is me carefully playing my new djembe to a metronome for several minutes. The arpeggio theme I made up then cut and pasted forwards, backwards, transposed and overlapping. Such manipulation is in the great tradition of J.S. Bach and Milton Babbitt. They didn’t have a computer to help tho, they ran their musical themes through a bicycle-pedaled sausage grinder I think.

 

Diana: I am a photographer of opportunity—wherever I am I find something worth photographing whether I am inside my home, on a
walk in the neighborhood or in town, or on a trip away from home.  The subjects of my photographs might seem mundane or
ordinary.  But once combined, with key visual elements intertwined, they have power to evoke deep responses in the viewer.  This power, generated through relationship, fascinates me.

Generally I review my photos many times.  While reviewing, certain images will come forward as being more memorable.  My next step is to experiment with selected images in Photoshop, layering, creating transparency and altering colors as I go.  Any alterations that I apply happen so fluidly that I can “play” with an image and through play come to awareness about an image’s significance.  While I am working the images this way I am discovering that some combinations seem more potent than others.  They give hints of significance beyond the everyday.

Video 2 – Sound of Oud, Hana & Kimono, Abstractions

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New photo montage work.  See more on my website: dianajahns.com

Here’s what Steve says about his music:  The title of this slideshow was suggestive to me of course. I can’t write real Arabic or Persian music but I tried to get an exotic feel without pretending to be authentic. The second part of this piece (except for the synthesizer toward the end) is made from sampled sounds of bowls and pan lids from our kitchen! Diana and I had fun going around with a microphone and a felt piano hammer, picking up things and bonking them. Eating asparagus from dishes that sound like bells and gongs imbues our meals with a spiritual aura. Maybe.

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March 19, 2011 at 5:49 am

New work is finally ready for posting

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This is the first of three slideshows of my newest work in photography and photo montage. Music by Steven Coolidge piano and Bob Buzby guitar.

Black & White, Wind and Rain

Here’s Steve’s statement about the music for slideshow one:

1. Bob writes these beautiful songs and invites me to collaborate. I take great liberty to play whatever strikes my fancy as I play along with him, all of which meets his unbridled approval and laissez-faire enthusiasm. So when we play it’s different every time, like a bottomless Christmas stocking.

Diana’s statement:

I am a photographer of opportunity—wherever I am I find something worth photographing whether I am inside my home, on a walk in the neighborhood or in town, or on a trip away from home. The subjects of my photographs might seem mundane or ordinary. But once combined, with key visual elements intertwined, they have power to evoke deep responses in the viewer. This power, generated through relationship, fascinates me.

This collaborative project includes three slideshows. This is the first one; the other two will be posted over the next few days. Stay tuned!

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March 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

Posted in Montage, Photographs