Kingley View

kingleyvaleview3, originally uploaded by katiemuffett.

Long trudging through rain-sodden forest track and one cranky, cold little Praktica led to this view. Perhaps the camera felt the effects of this visual tonic, because it behaved beautifully while I tried to minimize (but not eliminate) the sun’s glare.

I told you I had another Murray Gold lined up…and it had to feel heavenly. For Dr. Who fans, I’m pretty sure this was the track used at the end of ‘The Planet of the Ood’. A very exhilarating ending as the Ood had just been freed from slavery by the Doctor and Donna.

Again, a very unique sound to an otherwise traditional-sounding choir and orchestral piece which I think is an excellent example of modern ‘classical’ music.

Image Soundtrack: ‘Song of Freedom’ by Murray Gold

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Flower Bud

flowerbud, originally uploaded by katiemuffett.

You know how there are some songs that are one long build-up to one or two beautiful moments? This one by the Hidden Cameras certainly is, and their moment is timed perfectly at the end of a steady refrain of verse. Almost all of Sigur Rós is like this – as well as my favourite Tchaikovsky track, the first part of the Violin Concerto in D Major.

I was going at extremes in shooting on this day. Inside the forest, my approach was to bring the details in close and capture the rare glints of light. Out on the sides of the hill though, I had to combat the afternoon sun in order to gain contrast, while still capturing that ‘heavenly’ effect…which can be seen in the next post.

Image Soundtrack: ‘Boys of Melody’ by the Hidden Cameras

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White Berries

whiteberries1, originally uploaded by katiemuffett.

Lots to post today!

I’ve had two roles of slide film to scan in, all from beautiful Kingley Vale near where I used to live. It’s part dark, thriving yew forest and misty hills topped with burial mounds.

As a devotee of Antony & the Johnsons, it could seem strange that I haven’t done an entry with him before now. The simple and embarrassing fact is that I get choked up when I listen to him, and therefore have to choose my moments wisely.

Setting this particular track (‘What Can I Do?’) to the image of tiny white berries against a blackened DOF was an ideal combination for me. This will sound incredibly corny, but it evokes light and hope rising out of darkness and despair.

Aw, I’m always corny.

Image Soundtrack: ‘What Can I do?’ by Antony & the Johnsons (feat. Rufus Wainwright)

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branchsaplings, originally uploaded by katiemuffett.

Well, that’s my fond name for them. These were growing at eye-level on top of a long, healthy yew branch.

This shot has inspired what might turn out to be a string of Murray Gold-related posts. He is behind the music on the new Dr Who and yes, I am a huge fan – of both the show and the soundtrack.

I love Gold’s sparing but effective use of synth with the orchestra and choir. Perfect for Dr Who, as it sounds both nostalgic and modern.

I feel a little of this in the image, with the crooked little towers and the afternoon sun shining through the canopy reminds me of unfocused stars and galaxies.

Image Soundtrack: ‘Madame de Pompadour’ by Murray Gold

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bosham_sky, originally uploaded by katiemuffett.

I’ve finally started listening to Mew after years of recommendations from my sister and a couple of friends. I’ve got ‘And the Glass Handed Kites’ on heavy rotation, and decided to find a suitable image out of my recent shots.

I somehow created a tenuous thread from Mew’s ‘The Zookeeper’s Boy’, to the theme from ‘Never Ending Story’, and then to this shot. I bet everyone who grew up in the 80s still loves the opening theme:

Image Soundtrack: ‘The Zookeeper’s Boy’ by Mew

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Dark days

dusk4, originally uploaded by katiemuffett.

The air is too bitterly cold for my poor SLR, and almost too bitter for me. First its focus ring seized up after four shots outdoors, then I realised my knees had frozen to the ground as I stood up.

These brief days leave a still mist over everything, and you can’t even fathom spring or warmth. Perhaps that’s why I’ve had Sigur Rós playing constantly.

I was listening to the recent album in the car at Bosham; we were parked at the water’s edge watching the swans, ducks, and seagulls. One of the swans took a liking to hopelandic and wedged itself half under the car’s chassis to take a little warmth and listen in. Well, it seemed like he was listening anyway.

The outside is very beautiful really…except when you can’t feel your feet.

There I found myself/
Endlessly thanking/
Sheltered in a makeshift house/
And we slept/
As the storm died down

Image Soundtrack: ‘Fljótavík’ by Sigur Rós

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Luminous graves

QEpark43, originally uploaded by katiemuffett.

I have very fresh and original inspiration for this image in the form of a young friend’s essay. Henry Tipping is a budding writer and bohemian troubadour, and he shared a piece with me that had the motive of how long he could write about “a place inhabited by no one before introducing someone”. I asked permission to quote this little extract with my image…

Involuntary motions sweep and leave; grapple and release each tiny particular upon each tree. Luminous graves of an eventual seething darkness, empty the holes which eventually turn and light and make its day, circumference. Open faces of natures made, hunting gorging making fray its forces and dismembered nuances which eventually eat and eat each day.

I’m hoping he will eventually have writing online for me to share, but for now you can at least look at him on my Flickr.

Image Soundtrack: “Sleeping Lessons” by The Shins

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