Jessica Franklin

"This is a journey - my journey to a place I've always dreamed about. Making memories to last a lifetime, and in my case, photographs to last forever. Coming from Long Beach, California, I didn't know what to expect in Australia. Since arriving, however, Australia has only amazed me. I have had an inspiring time here while photographing and studying with the Edge of the Outback, and wouldn't change a thing about it. Immersing one’s self into an unknown culture with 20+ new people, all driven towards a common goal, is something one cannot even begin to prepare for. With early morning sunrises, late nights on the town, and deadlines to meet, the experience is challenging yet rewarding all the way to the end. To work so hard for something, while being able to see your progress along the way and your outcome in the end is such an accomplishment and rewarding feeling. What excites me most is the work I've produced during these short three weeks; I only hope it creates such excitement in others.

Since day one I knew what my concept would be. It's something I'm always thinking about, as it's the way I see things and how I connect it to art and, more importantly, to my life. While exploring Australia I saw the land and the nature as an expression of music. Growing up playing the piano has made music very close to me. It's a part of who I am. Music is a way to express oneself, a way to express emotion. Also, on the other end, it can be something that can create emotion or reactions. While exploring, things I saw had an effect on me in the same way music does. I look at a part of nature that excites me and I have a drive to want to translate it back to music. It can remind me of a song I've heard before, or even give me a creative stream to recreate a piece of music that expresses the same emotion it once produced. Most of the time when I think of music, I think of piano music, or at least non-lyrical compositions. It can often be the instruments that I see, such as the keys on a piano or the neck of a violin, or sometimes the written music, such as the notes, staff, and cues given on a sheet of music. For example, sheet music always gives a style or direction in which a piece or even segment is to be played. These cues, such as the word Allegro - which is a direction to play lively and fast - may be a word that comes to mind as I see a part of nature that exemplifies movement and life. This in turn might remind me of a piano piece I am able to connect it to, such as ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’, an orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. As I am experiencing such an exciting part of nature, the piano keys appear in my mind with the sheet music from when I used to play piano. At this moment I only hope to be able to pick up my camera and capture this in the same way I see and am experiencing it, hoping the photograph can reproduce the same emotions later on. I know this is a lot to think about, and everyone will have their own emotions and experiences that will trigger when they see something for the first time, but that is the beauty of art. It's an outlet for some to express, while at the same time, a source for others to reminisce and for emotions and memories to be recreated as they're triggered. It's amazing to think everyone can have a totally different reaction to one piece of art. I just hope my portfolio can introduce a new way to look at things. Although one might not see it the same way or have the aesthetic reaction I might have, it may open one's mind to a new way of seeing things; it can make one a little more open-minded to different ideas, and perhaps understand the artist a little more.

I hope my selections are enjoyed and that they create a different and new thought for everyone who views them. It's a part of my journey and the emotions experienced along the way. I've made memories I'll remember and share once I return home as well as photographs that will recreate the experience. I'm so grateful to have had such an amazing experience here ‘down under’ and will never forget the people I've met and the experiences we've shared."

All art aspires to the condition of music - Geoffrey Hill