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March 20, 2013, 8:35 PM
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Instamatics/Out of Focus

Instamatics

I’m a member of Utata, an online arts journal that focuses on themed group projects. Each winter’s “big” project combines image and text; this year’s theme was to create a fake band: liner notes, lyrics, song titles – whatever you could come up with. I had my three all-time favorite muses be characters in this story. We laughed, we gossiped and whether they realized it or not, their patience got me through a trying week (thanks girls!).

I thought this project would be cake going into it, but I learned real quick.

1. It’s really hard to come up with a clever band name. Seriously, everything’s taken.  I wanted a photography album theme, so I chose the camera that Jody held in the “back cover” shot, but there is an Australian band called The Instamatics. Dropping “the” was an easy fix.

2. It’s really hard to write engaging liner notes. I spent a lot of time at Retro on 8th one weekend flipping through vintage records, getting lost in Kenny Rogers anecdotes, Henry Mancini bios (an Aliquippa boy, I learned from reading the insert) and Deep Purple song lists. It’s a lost art form, one that I haven’t paid much attention, admittedly, since I was a kid with headphones plugged into my mother’s stereo, following Led Zeppelin tunes to the lyrics sheets.

3. Which brings me to lyrics. They are the hardest thing of all to write, a precarious balance of poetry and music. I realized that strong, moving lyrics – no matter how awesome or cheesy – involve a lot of pouring out your heart, something I’m feeling a little protective of these days.

This was a lot of fun to create, and I love seeing everyone else’s “bands,” which you can check out over here.

Super 8 x 10

Super 8 x 10

Out of Focus

Out of Focus

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This is friggin brilliant! And I mean, the coolest idea. Ever. You did a great job.

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Comment by naimavanswol

yay, thanks! this put all those ‘what if i had a band’ talk to good use ;).

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Comment by Lisa

Love the cover shot and the tin roof! Out of focus indeed–just great, you have me chuckling away here. Thanks.

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Comment by Michael Williamson

I’m glad that you like it! Isn’t that roof fantastic? It’s one of those moments where had I not been down a few stairs I never would have caught it.

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Comment by Lisa

This is pretty awesome, dude! Very good! You need to photograph more bands! :o)

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Comment by Bill

thanks, dude – and don’t worry. we’ll get some shots of the upholsterers soon enough (hehe).

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Comment by Lisa

The back cover is the absolute best!

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Comment by motherblue212

thanks, lady! that shot was pretty hilarious to get: me standing on a tiny stepladder and the 3 of them trying to squeeze into a small square frame.

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Comment by Lisa

great concept! I wonder what the artists will come up with to rival this???

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Comment by Becky Colson

thanks, beck! you mean, like a ‘battle of the bands’ (remember those at graffiti?)?

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Comment by Lisa

Don’t forget their bonus single: “Night Photography.”

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Comment by Jeff

the lyrics are in my head for it as i type this (hehe).

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Comment by Lisa




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