I'm not a college kid, but this year the family and I took a Spring Break trip to Destin, FL - more specifically, Miramar Beach. "Toes in the sand" rarely applies to me, but it was a nice change of pace. The weather was fantastic, the gulf was COLD and the sunsets were incredible. And of course, I had to chase the sun and grab the last slivers of light as they fell across the waves. For me, the endless horizon was the main focus. It's humbling to feel so small in such a great expanse.
Back in the summer, I received a text from an old friend. We really hadn't talked in the past year, and it was time to catch up. Between talks of politics, religion and the general welfare of humanity Tom says that he and his brother Hebron have more music coming out and they need some new imagery to fit with it.
Tom & Hebron have been featured on my site for a while, as they've always been great guys to collaborate with and have given me challenges to work toward. Instead of a complete idea of "here's what we want to showcase," they left it up to me to figure out how to show a duality that will be spread across two EPs. Part One is a feature of Hebron, Part Two is Tom's. So my job was to have them both on the cover but highlight one of the brothers.
We started with simple portraits on white, moving to more complex images with movement and shadow, and finally just playing around with color and motion and...well, just throwing stuff to see what would stick.
In the end, for Part One at least, simplicity won out. But I'm sure we'll see a few these others creep in eventually.
In October, I challenged myself to make a short film. I've been working with video since 2009, but I had never shot a strictly narrative piece. The guys over at Film Riot came up with a contest for a 60-second short, and that was just the deadline I needed to try my hand at it.
No, I didn't win anything, but that didn't matter. I loved having a deadline and working with some great people to make an idea become a tangible video.
A short film is definitely a team effort, and I thank Gary James and Jonathan Godsey for their graciousness to be on screen, Derek Osborn and Nathan Knight for the grip help, and T.J. Thompson for the '55 Buick.
I'd love to start making one or two of these a year, but we'll see what happens.
I had the opportunity to travel to southern Florida for a work trip this week. Sadly, my x100S has been defunct for the last few weeks, and I've been without the trusty carry-around camera. But as the saying goes, "The best camera is the one that's with you." And that camera was my iPhone 6.
Needless to say, using just the iPhone was more challenging than using a proper camera, but I still felt I was able to get some shots. All images were processed in-phone with the VSCOCam app using primarily C8 and C9 presets with tweaks.
But, for a bit of extra good news - I did receive my new x100F after I got back from the trip.
All is well with the world.