“The little guy in this photograph is my very musically obsessed 3-year-old, and this was the moment he heard music through headphones for the very first time.
It’s only been somewhat recently that my son has reached a stage where he’ll wear hats or let anything touch his head. Now that he has though, he’s fascinated with headwear of any sort and was eager to understand what the headphones on his Daddy’s desk were all about.
So for the very first time, we put these headphones over his ears, turned on a tune, and his face immediately lit up from the magic of it. I ran to grab the camera, and when I returned he was still in awe, but had started walking backwards not understanding he was tethered to the computer via the headphone cord. This allowed me to be lucky enough to capture not only his expression, but also that beautiful graphic line coming from the cord. When I pulled up the image on the computer later that day, it immediately felt reminiscent of the iconic Apple iPod ads. I played that up that association in my post processing, isolating him from the background (made easier as he happened to be standing against light colored walls and doors) and used a high contrast black and white edit to really enhance the graphical feel.
Interestingly, the day after this image was taken Gord Downie of the iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip passed away. There was something powerful to me about the timing, particularly as I’m about to embark on a personal artistic project centered around the cyclical nature of change. With this image of my son, I had captured essentially the start of one musical journey, while another’s had come to an end.
Technical Specifications: This image was taken using a Sony a6000 with a 35mm lens at f/2.5, 1/125 sec and ISO 100. It was edited in both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.”
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