PLACES BEYOND: ‘Loyal Mail’ by Erik Johannson

During a recent visit to Stockholm I went to an exhibition at the Museum Of Photography. Normally when I visit museums I’m interested at the start but get bores really quickly and end up whizzing through everything.

However, one of the exhibitions this time had me hooked from start to finish and I spent ages looking at each piece.

The exhibitions was a collection of photos from Erik Johansson.

His photos are absolutely my idea of art and I loved every single one.

I loved them so much that I actually bought the book in the little gift shop and I NEVER buy stuff in gift shops.

I wanted to find a way of sharing his work so more people can discover it but I didn’t know what was the best way to do this. Now I’ve realised how I can do this.

Music is art and photos are art so I’m going to combine the two.

I’m going to work my way through the book and study each photo until I can decide the perfect song that marries up with the photo – in my opinion anyway. I also want to know what other people would think the accompanying song should be.

Obviously, as we are the playlist experts here at Talk About Pop Music, I’ll curate a playlist that can be taken as the perfect partner for the book. Once again, of course this is purely subjective.

The first photo is titled “Loyal Mail”

‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ – Bee Gees

“The preacher talked to me and he smiled
Said, “Come and walk with me, come and walk one more mile
Now for once in your life you’re alone
But you ain’t got a dime, there’s no time for the phone”

I’ve just got to get a message to you, hold on, hold on
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on
I told him I’m in no hurry
But if I broke her heart, won’t you tell her I’m sorry
And for once in my life I’m alone,
And I’ve got to let her know just in time before I go
I’ve just go to get a message to you, hold on, hold on
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on
Well I laughed but that didn’t hurt
And it’s only her love that keeps me wearing this dirt
Now I’m crying but deep down inside
Well I did it to him, now it’s my turn to die
I’ve just got to get a message to you, hold on, hold on
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on
Hold on
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on
I’ve just got to get a message to her, hold on, hold on”

What do you think? What song would you choose to accompany this amazing image?

 

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