Sensory addict?

Music, Photography, Art, anything that involves creativity, is a creative pursuit, and it utilises the same techniques and processes.

This month I’m at home. Which is in itself a rarity. My friends have forgotten my name, my mum doesn’t recognise me and she’s told me if I keep phoning, she will call the police. I’m joking of course, but I do a lot of travel, I do a lot of photography. I work a lot and I don’t have very long periods at home (mostly).

But right now, I’m at home for an extended period. And I’m avoiding photography like the plague right now. I’ve got my man-cave. It’s full of lots of nice music equipment and I’ve been busy working on some new music. I don’t claim to be any good at it, but it’s something that’s been part of me since I was 12 years old.

Roland System 500 modular system Mutable Instruments modular system

Roland System 500 modular system
Mutable Instruments modular system

I remember a quote from Peter Gabriel. He said ‘I need visual and audio stimulation’. I think that sums me up quite well. I need sound. I’ve always needed it. I wonder though, as a keen photographer, how important is sound to you?

My theory is that most of us aren’t just visually aware, or visually-addicted. We’re probably all sensory-addicted. Right? C’mon. Most photographers I know are (pleasantly) nutty. The simple fact that we are fascinated by pixels isn’t normal (but then, what is?). We obviously have an attention to detail. But is it limited to pixels alone? I doubt it.

Is sound important to you?

It is pretty important to me. But what about you? Are you a sensory-addict?