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Gallery: every picture tells a story

Every picture tells a story

Rod Stewart

You see, for this week’s Lens Artists challenge Egídio would like ‘to hear the music you make when you photograph’. So I’ve chosen some images from my archives that I believe illustrate song titles. In some cases I started with the song and looked for a photo, in others I spotted a photo that reminded me of a song.

And for a bit of fun, I’ve not mentioned those titles in my captions so that you can play a guessing game. Many will be pretty obvious, but a few are less so. If you’re stuck, I’ve included the answers below the gallery.

My feature photo was taken in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It’s not intended to illustrate a particular song title, just evoke the overall theme of music!

Man sitting on a chair on a pavement by a wall with graffiti

1. In Shoreditch, east London

Girl sitting on a stone jetty with boats moored offshore

2. Lakeside in Puerto Varas, Chile

Wooden hotel sign beneath a window

Large sign with Pie Town written above a painting of mountains and pies

4. Sign entering Pie Town, New Mexico

Man standing in the shallows holding a surfboard

Winding road in a barren hilly landscape

6. Road through the Atacama Desert, Chile

View of a scrubby landscape with cacti, taken from a car window

Girl leaning out of a car window

Selectively coloured pink car

Looking out from a cave at a hillside with rocks and pine trees

Large tombstone engraved with the names of three men

Pink roses scattered on the ground

Giraffe on the horizon with a dramatic sky

The answers

Here are the answers, for those of you playing the guessing game. How many did you get right?! I’ve included links to YouTube videos in case you don’t know any of the songs, or would like to hear them again.

  1. Streets of London by Ralph McTell

2. (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

3. Hotel California by the Eagles

4. American Pie by Don McLean

5. Surfin’ USA by the Beach Boys

6. The Long and Winding Road by the Beatles

7. On the Road Again by Canned Heat

8. The Passenger by Iggy Pop

9. Pink Cadillac by Bruce Springsteen

10. The Cave by Mumford and Sons

11. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan

12. For the Roses by Joni Mitchell

13. Under African Skies by Paul Simon


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