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Improvisation

Years ago, during my time as a church organist, I enjoyed what were called ‘free hymn tune improvisations.’  I loved the way the old and the new, the familiar and the unfamiliar, were woven together.  I loved the way the contemporary interpretations of well-known and time-honored hymns often ‘challenged’ the listener or encouraged the listener to sit up and take notice.  I loved and appreciated the creativity that the improvisational style offered while still being respectful of history and tradition.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

In free hymn tune improvisations, the melody was always present but might have counter-melodies and/or interesting rhythmic themes added.  The chord structure would nearly always be altered.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

From time to time I find myself ‘improvising’ with my images; challenging the viewer to accept  imaginative interpretations of  well-known and time-honored subjects and scenarios.  I enjoy creating something different and unfamiliar from that which is very familiar.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

While I no longer am an active performing musician, I remain amazed at how much inspiration from music I receive for my photography.  Music is a powerful photography muse.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry