I’ve been told it’s very refreshing to listen to a full album instead of listening to a random shuffle of tunes on an MP3 player. I’ve been told this but I honestly wouldn’t know; I only ever listen to full albums. I tried putting together playlists and I tried random shuffles of various tunes but they really drove me nuts*. Full albums are as the artists wanted it as far as I’m concerned. The balance and synchronicity between the tracks is there and has been decided for me.

After I’ve got the photograph that I know works for my Walk/Listen/Respond project I always continue and listen to the remainder of the album. To me it would be rude simply to cut short something that I’ve set out to connect with. It would be like ditching a date, that you know is going well, half way through the main meal. You just don’t do it.

The catch with this is that I have to be dedicated to spending my time listening to music. This can be tricky when I’m in a work based situation which does not allow for this. Once I’ve set my mind to something though there is no shifting me and I just have to plan my Walk/Listen/Respond time around my other obligations. This determination and conviction is installing a discipline within me which I will hopefully carry through into my next round of studio based artwork.

As an additional observation, I’ve just noticed that the photographs I’ve taken since Monday have occurred at locations that are less than 200m apart. This has not been deliberate and I’ve tried to take different routes every day into different locations. Now that’s synchronicity…

Project: Walk/Listen/Respond

Rules: [1] Set MP3 to random album, [2] Walk, [3] When what you hear can be represented by what you see then take a photograph, [4] document your findings [5] no edits, no crops, no photoshop or alterations of any kind.

The Police ‘Synchronicity’ Track: Walking in Your Footsteps



*I also can’t leave the house wearing odd socks and get really anxious if my yoga mat isn’t aligned perfectly with the flooring at the gym. But my OCD is another issue entirely I think.


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