For today's post, I thought it would be a fun idea to try my hand at mood boarding, and since many of the images I've made available in the catalog are ragtime-era sheet music covers, I thought I'd start with a ragtime mood board.
But first, for those of you who are unfamiliar with what a mood board is, here's a definition I found on Wikipedia: "A mood board is a type of collage consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition. It can be based upon a set topic or can be any material chosen at random. A mood board can be used to convey a general idea or feel about a particular topic. They may be physical or digital, and can be effective presentation tools." (Wikipedia: Mood board)
As you can see, the mood board I put together doesn't just have ragtime-specific images, but there are a few that evoke the general feel of the ragtime era. (For instance, the picture of the two women with the straw hats towards the top hasn't got anything to do with ragtime, but one can easily think of ragtime when looking at it.) I also added some color tiles here and there, harmonizing the colors with the rest of the piece by extracting them from some of the images.
Much of the emphasis of the music related imagery is on Scott Joplin, mainly because he is quite possibly the best known of all the ragtime composers. Aside from this, I've also added a few patriotic images, including half of Teddy Roosevelt's face at right and the Statue of Liberty at upper left, because there was a strong sense of patriotism at that time in history.
I have quite a few other ideas for mood boards down the line, and will post these at intervals. In the meantime, please let me know what you think of this one.
Until next time...