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Music and Photography: The Slide Film to My Cross Processing

Music is my daily bread. For years I’ve been submerged in a parallel reality that is defined by staffs, measures, beats, and pitches. But a little while ago I was presented with some fine spread for my bread: Lomography!

Photo by reneg88

Allow me to tell you a little history of my musical background so all of you can understand where I come from. 11 years ago I had an obsession with playing drums like Blink 182’s Travis Barker, so I picked up some drumsticks and started taking drum lessons. Shortly after, my father bought me a guitar (apparently I was making too much noise for him to handle) and I slowly left the drum kit aside and started teaching myself how to play my favorite tunes on the guitar. A few years went by and I started writing my own songs, playing in bands, learning to be a front man and getting crowds jumped up and ready for some good old rock and roll.

Sadly, high school came to an end and I had to choose a path of where my life should head. Not to brag but I ranked 3rd in my class when I graduated, so you could say that I could’ve pretty much done anything I wanted with my life. But my passion was clear; I was going to keep doing what I had learned to love over my teen years: music. And so I went to the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico to get a degree in Composition, with the goal of specializing in film scoring and musical theatre once I graduate. I’m currently halfway through this bachelor’s degree, but everyday, for over a year, I keep getting side-tracked, and boy, how I try to fight it. Because there’s a new love that has emerged in my life in the past year, and you probably guessed it: Lomography.

Since Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it, I had to find a way to blend both of my passions so that I wouldn’t be falling behind in school, nor abandoning photography. My instincts and appreciation of beauty led me to one conclusion: what if I can make music influenced by the photographs I take? And so I did. It was very interesting experiment, especially since Lomography is based on the unexpected and unpredictable. It was complicated to understand the kind of photographs I was taking, and to find the meaning behind them – The challenge of being able to create music that would appropriately express what my photos expressed.

I struggled for a while trying to divide my time between my school (musical) responsibilities and my constant desire to be out in the world shooting my Lomography cameras, capturing everyday moments. Luckily for me, everyday moments came to me. Music would become my subject to photograph. Everywhere we turn we’re always surrounded by music, but my favorite targets are street musicians. In the corner of a park, or on a sidewalk in the street, poorly dressed and looking lonely, playing the most beautiful melodies you’ll have probably heard in the day – These are the greatest subjects of my Lomographic adventures.

I find that music goes with everything, especially feelings, and the power it has to control our state of mind. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t your state of mind influence the way you go out shooting with your Lomography cameras? During a recent visit in New York City, I discovered how much my mood and style of shooting was touched by the music playing on my headphones. When I was listening to fun music, dancing around the streets, and walking carefree through the world, I would shoot in the same manner, from the hip, on the ground, to the sky, or completely unexpected.

However, when a mellow tune would come along, my shots would be more composed, and thought out, I would take my time to frame the shots and make sure everything was just the way I wanted it. It felt like finding the right slide film to cross process.

In a very unusual way, music can define photography – Yet in some other cases, like mine, photography can define the music we create. So I say: What are you waiting for? Make a playlist of your favorite songs, and go out shooting! Experience the world in your viewfinder from a brand new perspective! Let the music guide you! And then come back and share your experiences!

written by reneg88


  1. dearjme


    Wow, the shot of the feet floating above the beach is stunning! How did you get that shot?

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  2. reneg88


    @dearjme thank you! it's a double exposure with the lc-a+ using the splitzer, and turning the camera upside down for one of the shots :P

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  3. michell


    Very nice, I too am a music student (double bass). I find that it gives me the opportunity to photograph in places where nobody else goes. -except from other musicians!;)

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  4. adi_totp


    great great gallery,rene!

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  5. cherieamour


    very nice photos! i just joined lomo and happened to stumble across your article. do you use mainly the lca, and on auto mode?

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  6. life_on_mars


    super gallery))

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  7. pzjo


    amazing shots

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  8. vicuna


    Brilliant article and shots! Congrats René! :)

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  9. olen


    Awesome. I love shooting with my music on.

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  10. eva_eva


    Beautiful post, beautiful gallery and I know you have beautiful musics too :)

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  11. jervisstar

    All your photos are astonishing !!! I can feel your passion of Music and photography ! And I'm sure your music will be amazing ! Using Music to help photography is a brilliant idea ! I'll try shooting with my music with me next time ! Thanks for sharing your passion ! Maybe you could make a video on you playing on your music ?? Please do so !! =)

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  12. pomps


    great article! I want to go out right now to take photos hearing some music to get inspired! Also, I'd love to hear your music! :)

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  13. bubblylicious


    Awesome shots! Great article. Now I'm heading outside with my ipod and my Diana Mini. :)

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  15. ginalu

    An impressive work....Brilliant!!!
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  16. jennysparkle


    Great shots!

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