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4. ‘Tis The Damn Season – “๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜โ€™๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜โ€™๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ”

โ€œโ€˜tis the damn seasonโ€ is the fourth track on evermore.

In the post prior to the release of the album, Taylor wrote that one of the song storylines on evermore was about โ€œwhat happens when (Dorothea) comes back [from Hollywood] for the holidays and rediscovers an old flame.โ€ This likely refers to โ€œโ€˜tis the damn seasonโ€ given the lyrical mentions of both Los Angeles and the winter holidays. Notably, evermore was released two weeks prior to Christmas.

I wanted to get the imagery of the Los Angeles skyline juxtaposed to an illustration of a warm cosy bed previously featured in my lockdown work 3:06 am, a similar work to Taylor releasing music during the lockdown. ๐ŸŒƒ

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5. Tolerate It – “๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต”

โ€œTolerate Itโ€ is the fifth and most vulnerable song from evermore. This song is about the continuous struggle of wanting love from someone who isnโ€™t even paying attention to anything you do for them. Again, this song lyrically is stunning and one of the songs I have on repeat. I used film photography for this piece as I wanted to get across an old feeling of an image, like an image which has been stuck in the drawer and forgotten about since the first date and now the people in the story are just โ€œtoleratingโ€ each other and one wants it to work and try recreates the old love they used to have. ๐Ÿฅ‚

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6. No Body, No Crime – “๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต, ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต “

โ€œnobody, no crimeโ€ is an imaginative take on Swiftโ€™s part on a true crime story, featuring HAIM band member Este Haim as the centre of a missing person case after being cheated on by her husband.

For this work, I took inspiration from postal censorship used during the world wars with key parts of the texts removed and only leaving the lyrics and words which mirror the song. I scanned and removed all the lettering and images from an article found in my local newspaper.

How can they prove it with nothing to back it up? ๐Ÿ“ฐ

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7. Happiness – โ€œ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅโ€

Despite its name, โ€œhappinessโ€ has a deceptive title. Itโ€™s a track about moving on from a decaying relationship, but acknowledging the bits of joy that existed within a more destructive, hurtful context.

Behind the image I wanted to play with the context of acid rain but I just didnโ€™t know how to execute it properly and after lots of brainstorming I wanted to have a figure crying, the acid rain tears as acid rain decays statues which is a metaphor for the relationship described in the song. I think this has to be one of my favourite pieces from the series, simple but so effective.

What do you think? ๐ŸŒง

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8.Dorothea – “๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ”

โ€œDorotheaโ€ is the eighth song on evermore, as well as the first song that Taylor Swift wrote for this album. Taylor referred to the character as a โ€œgirl who left her small town to chase down Hollywood dreams.โ€ โ€œtis the damn seasonโ€ is likely the story of her return back home for the holidays. โ€œDorotheaโ€ itself seems to be told from the point of view of an old hometown lover.

The song mirrors โ€œThe Lucky Oneโ€ from Taylorโ€™s Red album too, I got the imagery of a retro American shop front covered in small televisions for the tiny screens, this could also be referring to FaceTime and video chatting with the lockdown or busy schedules. ๐Ÿ“บ

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9. Coney Island – “๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ?”

โ€œconey islandโ€ is Taylorโ€™s first collaboration with The National after working heavily with band member Aaron Dessner on both the writing and production of evermore and folklore. Through the use of back-and-forth conversational lyrics littered with imagery that is rich with bygone experiences, it evokes a heavy feeling of loss and nostalgia for a past relationship where effort was not equal from both sides.

The lyrics contrast the imagery of Coney Island which is known for the theme park but the melancholy lyrics and dark imagery of dark greys and lonely on a busy New York beach. ๐ŸŽก

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10. Ivy – “๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜โ€™๐˜ฎ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ”

โ€œivyโ€, the tenth track from evermore, tells the story of a married woman falling in love with a person who is not her husband, leading to an affair.

The use of ivy is interesting as ivy plants can stick so firmly that they remove paint, damaged siding, and can even grow through window casings into the inside of the building. These plants are toxic and destructive, which is an interesting juxtaposition to the relationship.๐Ÿชด

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11. Cowboy Like Me – “๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ”

โ€œcowboy like meโ€ is a country-style song reminiscent of Taylorโ€™s early days. It tells the story of two swindlers who fall in love through a cat-and-mouse fling. This was one of the difficult songs to get imagery and feeling without stating the obvious and using cowboys. I used film photography in the same was I did for โ€œtolerate itโ€ to get the old fashioned feeling and how previous things and can remind you of a loved one. ๐Ÿฅพ

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12. Long Story Short – “๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ด, ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜บ”

โ€œlong story shortโ€ is an ode to her lovers and the drama surrounding them in tabloids and her in the papers. I come across some old photos of myself and remembered the feelings I was going through at the time of a bad break up and what people said about me.

Long story short, it was a bad time

Long story short, I survived ๐Ÿซ€

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