This week I was excited to write about my planned trip to Nashville for a regional PBS conference and talking about the future of TV. Then it was postponed til March due to weather. Which ended up not being bad, because the girl was sick and had to stay home almost all week, and I got to record Dominique Wilkins’ interview at WABE.
That was fun, and he even gave me an on-air mention, as “your camera man”, to the hosts. Happy now my current injury was due to basketball. (Three more weeks in this boot — no, two weeks, six days!)
Anyway, I’m tired and preoccupied with other things, like everybody I guess. My thoughts are jumbled because I keep waking up at 4:30 in the morning. So I’m phoning it in this week. Still counts though. I’ll fall back on pictures. I can always talk about pictures.
Photography’s ability to manipulate our perception of time has always been one of its greatest appeals to me. Originally I wanted to go to college for film. That didn’t work out, and it’s taken me this long to focus, or come back around. I’m less interested in a picture as a painting, but more as a scene. Something happened before that moment, and something happens after. There’s that one instant that is golden, that you get to keep. But why just an instant?
I’ve become hooked on time lapse, ever since they became so easy to create. It’s difficult to consistently get that “decisive moment”. Why not put all the moments on film and figure out which was decisive later? (Editing!) Or better yet, use them all. I love my beautiful moments and all, but how about when the “moment” is an hour long, the way the sky changes at dawn or sunset, or kids playing, or fishing? Add in some sound, and there’s a tiny movie about a beautiful day, or a space princess.
Last year I began experimenting with long portraits. The camera clicks away while the subject just is. So rather than 1/60 of a second, it’s several seconds long, compressed in time. I love it. Now I want to perfect this work and figure out how to display it, and get my words together enough to talk about it. And then maybe I have another show.
Don’t even get me started on slow motion.
Here’s the girl (all better now, thanks), and she wants to play Dungeon, so that’s all I’ve got today.
By the way, we are making room for baby and I’m trying to raise some funds to resurrect Art Relish as something a little different. So I’m selling some of my MFA work. It’s just been taking up space since 2011.
There’s got to be someone out there in the Internet who wants to purchase it. Know anyone who’d like to own some mildly amusing/frightening/wtf, weird for the sake of weird, pictures? Send them to eBay, here first, and I’ll be adding more as I work up the nerve.