A Hatful Of Hollow

September 28, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Music is a big part of my life, central to each and every day. I feel there's a strong connection between the kinds of subject matter I seek out and the music I'm listening to, one medium looking over the shoulder at the other. If I'm listening to, say, The Smiths, then what I photograph tends to be on the darker side. This doesn't necessarily mean black & white - just moodier. Some time ago, I was wandering down The Bull Wall in Dublin and I happened to be listening to The Smiths first album 'A Hatful Of Hollow' and I came across this image - synchronicity! This band are synonymous for songs about the darker sides of life, so seeing this graffiti on a sunny day was kinda' ironic. Today, while thinking about writing this piece, I put on that first Smiths album on Spotify and when it was finished it slipped into what Spotify's cheeky algorithm thought I might also like and 'You Should All Be Murdered' by Another Sunny Day filled the room. I hadn't heard this band before but they're very Smithsy! This made me think about how we're all magpies, in some way or another, influenced by everything we hear, see, read. As the world speeds along, it's becoming more and more difficult to be truly original.

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