Adam Stafford's Reverse Drift fuses music with photography
- Kirstyn Smith
- 19 June 2017
New project features a collection of photographs and a 40-minute album
Adam Stafford has a history of taking on projects that are tangled up in both sound and vision. So, it's no surprise that he's decided to combine the two in his upcoming venture Reverse Drift, a collection of photographs combined with a 40-minute continual-track improvised album. 'I do always try and think visually in terms of music and what I'm trying to get out of it,' says Stafford.
Having studied film and photography at uni, Stafford has been taking pictures since high school, and the photo book's selection includes images from as early as 1999. He takes inspiration, photo-wise, from Todd Hido, Andrei Tarkovsky and Edward Hopper, the latter of whose influence can be most seen in Stafford's stark, humanless scenes. 'Although a lot of Hopper's pictures do have figures in them, I'm more inclined to his work where it's just sunlight on the wall of a room. I think when you bring humans into a photo or a film, it detracts from the landscape and you start to focus on that figure.'
As for the accompanying album, Stafford wanted to take his music in a different direction. 'There's a more experimental, compositional dimension from what I'd previously been doing, which was songs with verses and choruses. It's mostly improvised: the only thing I had written was the first phrase with the chimes and the voice. That was the jumping off point that the rest of the album was made up of as we went along.'
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