A dear friend of mine has synaesthesia, a condition in which your senses overlap so that you can see sounds and where words have colours. Some years ago we had a conversation that left me with a question: is it possible to photograph music? This question has fascinated me ever since.
A few years later I found myself in Switzerland – in Basel to be specific. Two things immediately struck me: firstly there were graffiti all around me, and secondly these graffiti were much more interesting and creative than most of the stuff I was used to seeing in London.
I started making photos of the graffiti I found. When I showed them to my wife she said, “Those look like jazz.” Unwittingly she had answered my question: yes it is possible to photograph music, or at least it is possible to show music in photographs.
And so this project was born.
Since 2011 I have created five ‘Jazz’ folios, each exploring a separate theme: Inspirations (the first folio), Daydreams, Obsessions, Explorations and Equivalents.
Most of these photographs were made with a Leica M9, and the image files have been processed with a number of tools to get the effect I want.
Limited edition platinum prints of these photographs are available in two sizes: 5¾″ x 8″ and 9½″ x 14″.
For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.