LIGHT & LOUD, THE SOUND BEYOND THE PICTURE
Ricardo Perini is a brazilian photographer. He recently came up with a blog called Light & Loud, The sound beyond picture. I loved the title and the concept. I wanted to know more about it. Here comes my questions to Ricardo and his answers.
1/ Why do you take photographies? What is the main reason? The main reason is that photographies always had a great power on my perception of time. And there is nothing more intriguing to me than having in my hands a machine that could stop it for a while.
2/ What could be the other reasons of your photography practice that you might not suspect or accept? When I don't feel enthusiastic enough for shooting, there is a statement that often comes to my mind: Not always good subjects appear when I am willing to shoot. And that brings a point I can't truly understand, what kind of sensibility can be turned on? I mean, people say that photographers are sensible for finding subjects but I think they are just the ones looking for it.
3/ How did you come with the idea of associating still images and sound? You could also film…? There was one photographer, Sean Pecknold, that once uploaded to his web site an audio of a capoeira show, and he didn't add any picture related to it. Besides being brazilian, I have never been amused by capoeira songs, but as I was very interested in his photographies I gave it a try and listened until the end. The insight happened when I started to imagine a photo for that audio while the sound became the photography itself.
4/ Is it more images and sound (like the title of your blog : Light & Loud), or sound beyond images (like the subtitle of your blog)? Can you explain? Actually, the name of the blog or it's subtitle are not trying to define what's going on. For the title I wanted two words that to me were very special when related to images and sounds. And the subtitle: "the sound beyond the picture" is just an idea for the visitors of what would they listen if clicking on play. I believe that it is possible to write a thousand words about what's happening there, but yet it would be very personal. I want each one to have his or hers own perception, to shuffle their eyes in search of time, to see how far the sound can get and if possible, to get surprised in a new way.
4/ Where do you get your inspiration from? Mainly in movies, they are always a good class of photography. Books and music are always inspiration too because they are a challenge to the brain.
5/ Can you tell about your creative process? (Do you first think your image, do you first hear the sound? Are you just open to anything?) When friends play their guitars or it starts to thunder, I know it's time to shoot and record. Although listening has been the first step, because I need the audio in my composition, I don't intend to keep that creative process. Surely I'm far from the concept that I'm looking for, and being certain of that continous search keeps me going on.
6/ Anything unusual to confess? A secret maybe? I will come back to a question that I didn't answer. You asked me if I could also film, and there lives a secret.