Every Picture Tells a Story – Illustration of Lyrics

One of our earliest contributors here on Sea and be Scene is one of the biggest fans of this part of the world and while she may live in another country, on another continent (Hausham, Germany) - her heart often wanders back to this corner of the globe.  A kindred spirit for sure, Judith Weber has merged her love for the Atlantic Provinces with her incredible photography to create a beautiful website Illustration of Lyrics.  You’ve got to check it out but first – the story behind the site from the creator herself…

Judith Weber Photography 4 PEISABS: How did your passion and skill for photography start?

JW: I always enjoyed shooting around, but I actually got more and more interested in photography with taking pictures at concerts. I was getting annoyed by photos of blurry artists and non-atmospheric flash shots, so I started buying better equipment and improving my skills - the beginning of a passion.

SABS: When was your first trip to the Atlantic Provinces and why?

JW: I came across Canadian East Coast Music through the lead singer of the Scottish folk rock band Runrig, Bruce Guthro. So I discovered gems like Dave Gunning, Dave Carroll and JP Cormier and wanted to get to know the place, where all that brilliant music comes from. Finally I made my first trip to Atlantic Canada to the Celtic Colours Festival in 2005. I was absolutely hooked by the people, the landscape and the music and had to come back year by year.

SABS: How did you come up with the idea for Illustration of Lyrics?

JW: It actually combines my two favourite passions – music and photography. I wanted to create an exhibition with a music topic, but a different approach than ‘just’ capturing the artist during his performance. It’s more about feeling – feeling and choosing a ‘theme music’ for a place.

Judith Weber Photography 3SABS: How did you choose the songs & photographs to showcase - what was the process?

JW: There are different approaches. Let’s take an example. As I hiked the Skyline Trail in 2009 I was listening to “The Place That I Call Home”, my favourite song by Dave Carroll, while taking the pictures. Then if you take the ‘sundown picture’ in the Peggy’s Cove area, I was getting ready for a Jessica Rhaye concert at the Carleton downtown Halifax while enjoying the setting sun. There is always a personal connection between the picture and the song.Judith Weber Photography 1

SABS: Will there be more photos and songs added in the future?

JW: I really intend to add more pictures as I want to include more songs and also more artists, by example Thom Swift. I also hope that I will be able to do a real exhibition with the photos - ideally on both sides of the ocean.

To view Illustration of Lyrics for yourself visit http://www.come-to-life.com/start.html

SABS And furthermore…

Check out Judith Weber’s Cool People Profile and her photo journal on Stanfest Come Gather and Listen


  1. This is such a wonderful story. You are a inspiration for us to share our music, landscapes and people. And you are an exceptional friend on social media. You messages always bring a smile to our face and a lift in our heart. Thank you! Doug at the Authentic Seacoast

    Comment by Authentic Seacoast Resorts — January 11, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

  2. Wonderful photographs.

    Comment by Barbara — May 9, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

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