Project: Lyrics and Images

Lyrics and Images

(Category: Portraits/Cross-category)

I feel an enormous connection to music. It is the soundtrack of my life. I want to combine my imagery with the lyrics from songs in the popular culture. As my example images showcase, both images and the lyrics take on a deeper resonance when combined.

I particularly like songs that have some connection to universal life experiences of love, hate, melancholy, loneliness, etc. I like songs that insinuate risqué things. That used to be an art form, getting around censorship of the airwaves. Nothing like that explicit warning label to make you wanna listen to a song, right? I also like that you can’t help but hear the song in your head by the time you finish


Example Images:

Some photos will be looking into and playing with the camera, but most will be editorial scenes depicting the model portraying a character. I love the idea of telling a story. In the example below, I use the fact that the model, Jen, is Brazilian in nationality. Ideally, all of the images will similarly reflect something of a personal nature of the model shown.


Q: What are you doing this for?

A: I want to put together a gallery show or online portfolio with 15-20 of these type images. It is making a statement about cross-pollination of the arts — how music informs and inspires the visual stories I tell.

Q: How do I participate?

A: Send me an email and specify that you want to. Based on whether we can coordinate our schedules, I might consider using you for a shoot. If you want to hire me to do a shoot from which we might get an image or two I can use for this, I will gladly give you a discount upon signing the model release and letting me know which images you are comfortable allowing me to share. For models I test with or do a trade shoot with, you should presume that one of the images from our photo shoot will end up being used for part of this portfolio.

Some lyrics I have in mind…

“You’re way too beautiful girl / That’s why it’ll never work / You’ll have me (in denial, in denial) / When you say it’s over”
“Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston

“You’re beautiful / No matter what they say / Words can’t bring you down”
“Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

“You’re beautiful, you’re beautiful / You’re beautiful, it’s true / I saw your face in a crowded place / And I don’t know what to do”
“You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt

“Now where did you find her/ Among the neon lights/ That haunt the streets outside/ Stay with me/ Beautiful girl/ Stay with me”
“Beautiful Girl” by INXS

“You’ve got to get up every morning / With a smile in your face / And show the world all the love in your heart / Then people gonna treat you better / You’re gonna find, yes you will / That you’re beautiful as you feel”
“Beautiful” by Carole King

“Pretty woman, walkin’ down the street / Pretty woman, the kind I like to meet / Pretty woman, I don’t believe you, you’re not the truth / No one could look as good as you”
“Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison


“Will you still love me / When I’m no longer young and beautiful? / Will you still love me / When I got nothing but my aching soul?”
“Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey

“I love it in your room at night
You’re the only one who gets through to me
In the warm glow of the candlelight
Oh, I wonder what you’re gonna do to me
In your room
I come alive when I’m with you
I’ll do anything you want me to
In your room
I love it in your room all day
When you’re gone I like to try on all your clothes
You won’t regret it if you let me stay
I’ll teach you everything that a boy should know”
“In Your Room” by The Bangles

“I knew a girl named Nikki/I guess you could say she was a sex fiend/I met her in a hotel lobby/Masturbating with a magazine”
“Darling Nikki” by Prince

“Once you put your hand in the flame/You can never be the same/There’s a certain satisfaction/In a little bit of pain”
“Erotic” by Madonna

“Soon we’ll be making it, honey/I’ll be feeling fine/You’re my medicine, open up and let me in/Darling, you’re so great, I can’t wait for you to operate”
“Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye

“Girl, you got an ass like I never seen/And the ride, I say the ride is so smooth/You must be a limousine”
“Little Red Corvette” by Prince

“I want to fuck you like an animal/I want to feel you from the inside/I want to fuck you like an animal/My whole existence is flawed/You get me closer to god”
“Closer” by Nine Inch Nails

“I’ve been drinking, I’ve been drinking/I get filthy when that liquor get into me/I’ve been thinking, I’ve been thinking/Why can’t I keep my fingers off it, baby?”
“Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé

“I don’t want anybody else/When I think about you, I touch myself”
“I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls

“I know you want it
That thing that makes me
What the guys go crazy for
They lose their minds
The way I whine
My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard
And they’re like
It’s better than yours
Damn right. It’s better than yours
I can teach you/But I have to charge”
“Milkshake” by Kelis

“I’m down on my knees / I wanna take you there”
“Like a Prayer” by Madonna

“Left alone with big fat Fanny / She was such a naughty nanny / Hey, big woman, you made a bad boy out of me”
“Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen