“By My Side” by Kyser Coplen

The last leaf falls as I scan the grove

Never seen such beauty while I drove

The winds of winter they are coming

The winds of winter here they come

I felt the air change in the morning

I saw the sunrise in the distance

A sea of color fills the sky

See the color fill the sky 

All I see, it brings me back to you 

Oh and there’s nothing, there’s nothing I can do

Be by my side, while we see the change 

In the coming, the coming of the winds

Where did you go, why did you leave 

Seasons change but I didn’t see 

Like the sweat off my chest, you left me with no rest 

All I see, it brings me back to you 

Oh and there’s nothing, there’s nothing I can do

Be by my side, while we see the change 

In the coming, the coming of the winds

ARTIST STATEMENT:

This project was completed for a digital photographic exercises course at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I captured this series over the course of several weeks, and I attempted to capture the images touching a wide variety of composition. I also wanted to represent the handwritten digital text in a wide variety of ways in order to pair well with each individual image! For this work, I really wanted to portray the various emotions and thoughts and experiences from Kyser’s perspective that he encountered throughout his songwriting / performance process. It seems to me nowadays in contemporary music, photography, and art that creators and their work are looking for a wider-reaching way to display their creation to the world. The goal with this series was to represent Kyser’s lyrics, which emerged from a lengthy creative and meditative process, in a way that revealed all of the things he was thinking and feeling throughout. I want anyone who has creative bones in their bodies, who has musical inclination, or who appreciates art in any form to view this work and enjoy it for what it is! I long for every viewer to enjoy the visual representation of a typically auditory experience in a unique way. My hope is that these images can be paired with the music to cultivate a new media intake experience! Guys like Jeremy Cowart, and some of the photographic / digitally illustrative work he has done for artists like Lauren Daigle, were really big inspirations in me heading down the path I did for this series. I’m thankful for their creative minds! I really do believe that this body of work can touch a depth that serves the well-versed in photography, music, and art as a whole - as well as the lay-viewer who finds simple joy in viewing creative representations in art. I would like to think that I’m represented in a little bit of both of these camps! Here’s to new music, new photos, new art, and new ideas!