Cinematic photograph taken from the bullet train, shinkansen, on my way to Kyoto
© 2018 Alfie Goodrich. All rights reserved.

Scenes from an imaginary movie: on the bullet-train to Kyoto

I'm always reminded of Jim Morrison and what he once asked, in the lyrics of a song: "Have you had a good life, enough to base a movie on?" 

For me life is very much like a movie. Not because weird or crazy shit is happening all the time. But because I see my world framed like a movie. I imagine the soundtrack or I listen to music as though it is the soundtrack to the life that's passing in front of my eyes.

This I have always done: the music part. As a young kid, I would lay in bed listening to my personal stereo and imagine stories and scenarios that fit the music. It was a comfortable and exciting fantasy world where I was always the hero or where cool-looking stuff happened which I was part of. I did it to temporarily erase the shitty stuff that was going on in my life.

I do it still, now, not to escape shitty things happening to me but as creative exercise or just to enjoy the flow of images to a soundtrack of tunes I like. It's good to dream, to daydream. Keeping a child-like imagination is, I think, one of the keys to the 'seeing' part of photography.

One simple fact remains: I love the world in a Panavision, 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

More from this series at my Ello page, here.

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