Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The "Lakewood" exhibit is winding down, and soon I will need to return to typical life. It's been a lot of work and a wild ride, but now I have to figure out how to make money at what I love to do. It's never been easy for me to learn a living at this, yet somehow I must not allow the hindrances of the past inhibit the future. Perhaps the key is to stay in the present. Cliché but true. I must make work, and make sure people see it. So, how do I write, read the classics, remain atop of technology, create, earn a living, and love my wife. Ahaa, not a moment to waste. Let's make tomorrow the most efficient day ever.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My "Lakewood" Video

In my show "Lakewood" accompanying my photographs is a video I recorded using the Canon 5d Mark II. I created it to supplement the photographs and add a second dimension to the show. It is my first project. After spending hours editing it- I now know why directors do not edit their films-I was kind of sick of it. The amateur flaws and the harsh sound the 5D recorded made it difficult for me to repeatedly watch it. However, I have been encouraged and heartened by the number of compliments I've received, especially from those with experience in cinema. It's inspired me to shoot more and expand upon what little I know about film making. Perhaps I am on to something. Ain't naivité great?

Monday, July 12, 2010

A few thoughts on my opening

I am still reveling from the opening of my exhibit, "Lakewood" last Saturday. It was a nice beginning. Some very neat people came and were very kind with their comments. For the last 6 months I have been busting my butt preparing for the show and in the process I sort of lost all sense of self. Preparing for a show is an exhausting and stressful endeavor. I told myself not to freak out but of course I did. And at times I embarrassingly took out my anxiety on my wife, until she told me she would stop if I didn't stop. I stopped. One thing I have learned, or reinforced what I had learned before, is rarely are things going to be as you planned them. And it always takes longer than you imagine: you never consider lost hours due to mistakes. But, you're level of craft reaches new heights because when forced to make something better you find a way. And I don't recommend including images that are recently captured because even though they are fresh they haven't gone through grinder of time and objectivity. Will you love it 6 months from now.