Synaesthetic Experience

When I think about what inspires me, it always boils down to the same things: color, mystery, music, and imperfection. Music, specifically from the 1960s-1970s, plays a big part in the aesthetic that I am attracted to. Psychedelic rock music has affected my work inadvertently, which goes to show how strong the subconscious can be. An aspect of the subconscious that I am interested in is the psychological condition Synaesthesia.

I have always associated numbers, letters, words, and sounds with colors for as long as I can remember. I used to think this was normal until I found out that this is actually a psychological condition called Synaesthesia. Synaesthesia can be defined as a joining together of sensations that are normally experienced separately. Although Synaesthesia is theorized to be a genetic trait, it is something that can be acquired through the use of hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD. This is interesting in context to the psychedelic aesthetic that I generally gravitate to, considering I have never taken any drugs like LSD and can still experience similar side effects of someone who has. It is also interesting in terms of the counter culture of the time period that I am attracted to, considering LSD was commonly used for creative purposes.

For each photograph in this series, I have chosen a song from around the 60’s-70’s time period and created a photograph based off of my experience with it. Creative choices in both digital shooting and postproduction include colors I feel are correspondent to the song in my personal Synaesthetic experience. Research in classic rock posters, album covers, Synaesthesia, and the music itself has been crucial in effectively fueling my aesthetic choices for each image that I have created. My images are constructed to look like the music that is playing, resonate with the style of the times, and to describe the music visually. The viewer is invited to have a visual experience of his or her own with my photographic representations of each song.