When Music Inspires Visual Art with Jayme Ford

When Music Inspires Visual Art with Jayme Ford

All photos from this feature are courtesy of Jayme Ford. All photos were edited with Tribe Photo Co's Wolf Pack Presets


Lightroom Presets Post-Production Tools The Photosynthesis Project Jayme Ford

The story behind these images was inspired by a song by The Tragically Hip titled Wheat Kings. There is a line in the chorus that says "wheat kings and pretty things", and I couldn't get it out of my head for over a year.

Like most Canadians, that band meant a great deal to me. They were just the soundtrack of my childhood. When Gord died a few weeks ago, I felt really strongly about posting these in his honor. I originally wanted to wait and reshoot in an actual wheat field next year, which I might still do but for now, I really do love these.

Lightroom Presets Post-Production Tools The Photosynthesis Project Jayme Ford
Lightroom Presets Post-Production Tools The Photosynthesis Project Jayme Ford
Lightroom Presets Post-Production Tools The Photosynthesis Project Jayme Ford

I finally had a burst of creative energy at the end of September to put the shoot together. I went out to Michaels to buy some felt and craft paper to make crowns for my boys. I already had their silk capes from their Tickle Truck (which is another native Canadian thing) and the next day we went out!  

Unfortunately, I was about a week late for wheat fields. They were already cut and bailed so we had to improvise. We ended up stopping at a canola field instead. It wasn't ideal but we made it work.

It was just my boys, my tripod, the sun, and I. I simply used the Canon app on my phone as the remote. It was one of the last really warm nights of the year, and we had such a great time taking inspiration from the song. 

Lightroom Presets Post-Production Tools The Photosynthesis Project Jayme Ford
Lightroom Presets Post-Production Tools The Photosynthesis Project Jayme Ford
Lightroom Presets Post-Production Tools The Photosynthesis Project Jayme Ford