A high school reunion which I wasn’t able to make got me thinking about a song that was popular back in the day. The song was “Ain’t No Sunshine” written and performed by Bill Whithers. The song was rattling around in my head so I decided to buy it on iTunes. Well, I purchased and downloaded it only to discover it wasn’t the same version and was even performed by someone I hadn’t heard of. So I went back to iTunes and found the correct version. That got me thinking about how many different versions of this song might exist out there. A YouTube search brought up dozens of performances some of them so radically different from one another that I was amazed! There were rap versions, fast versions, alternative rock versions, even one by Michael Jackson. Many had so little in common with one another that it was almost as if I was listening to an entirely different piece of music.
I found this incredibly motivational as a photographic artist!
Why? Because the same thing applies to my photography. I can revisit the same subject many times and each time come back with a totally new
version of my “song”.
Here are a few samples of images where I revisited the same subject (one particular bend in the Duck River over a single weekend) with these different performances resulting:
For fun I have linked to the original Bill Whithers version of the song and a few others that I thought were interesting:
All Photos © Byron Jorjorian