At some uncivilized hour of the morning I started thinking about photography, photographs, exhibits, competitions, judges and curators, critiques and the general public as viewers. And I began to wonder if we couldn’t use music as a way to describe or even rank images. At the bottom we have “Kindergarden Chorus” and “Can’t hold a tune”. At the top perhaps “London Symphony”, “Met Opera”, “Vienna Boys Choir” and “Branford Marsalis”. What about the middle? The nicely done but mundane—“Elevator Music”. Great attempt but something’s not quite right—“The [fill in name of instrument] player on the subway platform”. Hits the right notes but lacks inspiration—“School recital”. Creative and earnest but a bit odd—“Garage Band”. Shows promise but needs a little work—“American Idol”. You can probably come up with more. Think about it one of those nights you lie awake.
One more thing; I bet the next time you look at photos, you’ll be thinking about music.