I had no idea that the night Would take so damn long Took it out, on the street While the rain still falls Push me back to you. Shattered by O.A.R. Â
Photo by Koos Fernhout
I toyed with several different types of songs to choose from. Some seemed too happy or optimistic for the mood I was in. As I started looking through songs, nothing seemed to jump out at me, but I realized that they had an overall theme of sadness and loneliness. A lot of the lyrics dealt with brokenness or an absence of something. In the end, I chose “Shattered” by O.A.R. To me, this lyric is about trying to get over something. It makes me feel sad, and like the bad times in life seem to drag on forever. The overall tone of the lyric reminds me of a dark, cold night when you’re all alone. It makes me feel vulnerable and alone and broken. Nothing about this lyric is happy or inviting. I wanted to evoke that in my pictures. I knew that I wanted all of my pictures to be desolate and dark, to evoke sadness and a feeling of emptiness. Therefore, I chose not to place people in my pictures. I also tried for empty space in my shots. I wanted the photos to evoke something dreary. I set the photos to black and white because they are meant to be sad, hopeless, and colorless. The first photo is of buildings lining a street. A stoplight is on the rule of thirds and it represents being at a standstill in life, almost like a stopping point. No matter how hard you want to move on, there’s something holding you back. This shot is sort of busy, but as the images progress they get more desolate.
The second image is of a corner with park benches. Notice that the long shot features park benches that are empty, which creates a sense of aloneness. Also, they are concrete and not metal. The concrete gives the benches a cold, hard texture without being shiny and sleek like the metal benches would have been. It’s more rough than metal is. The third photo is an extreme close-‐up some water droplets on a window. The droplets represent dots that draw the eye to the third lines. I felt it was necessary to add this image to project because it represents tears, sadness, and a rainy day. The fourth image is almost a continuation of the third. You can tell by the glare off the streets that it is cold and wet. Again, this represents tears and sadness. There are cars in the shot. Their headlights create dots of light. I feel like the cars represent a need to go somewhere and get out of the slump that you’re in. The final image has very sharp lines. The angle almost seems broken and dangerous. I took this photo as a low angle shot because I wanted it to look threatening and intimidating. To me, it represents the future. You’re unsure of what’s going to happen, and it makes you feel scared and intimidated. The building follows the rule of thirds to make the shot more interesting. Kelsey Pepmeier