Foo Fighters – “Stranger Things Have Happened”
Goddamn this dusty room, his hazy afternoon
I’m breathing in this silence like never before
This feeling that I get, this one last cigarette
As I lie awake and wait for you to walk thought that door
Oh, maybe, maybe, maybe I can share it with you
I behave, I behave, I behave so I can share it with you
When I listen to this song I picture flash backs to a girl he had before. I brainstormed and decided a sepia tone would help create the illusion of a memory. I also brainstormed with a music video mindset and thought it would be great to cut from his memories to the present. This gave me the idea to use a different aesthetic for each.
For the memories I think a sepia tone worked quite well as it often used in photography to create old style photos such as this one. So, although I am not professional with Photoshop, I think this old aesthetic conveys the emotion quite well.
I imagined for the music video he would be playing acoustic just sitting and waiting as the lyrics suggest. I thought it would be cool to assume he was writing a song about the girl that left him and as a source of inspiration, he would revisit some of the places they had both enjoyed or visited as a couple. So I did a binary of past and present for each location I found relevant to the lyrics. In these “present” photos, he is alone and isolated from the one he loves. I thought a dark, black and white photo would convey this emotion combined with other elements within each photo. Here is an example of a black and white photo used to show loneliness.
The sepia effect creates a bright, happy feel even though there is no color. Kind of feels like it’s been some time since the event took place and you remember the event, but not every detail.
The black and white photos looked drained and bland and empty. I tried to utilize lines and location to emphasize the emotions I was trying to get across. I also used camera angles to further push the bill.