I'm going thru rough times with child custody battle issues. I simply don't understand why someone would take vengeance by using a child as a pawn. Anyways, generally my nights are long and with winter around the corner, they seem even longer. That day, I was simply awake. Not that I could not sleep or something, but I was just - awake. Like The Narrator. To brush off the insomniac feel I headed out to Old Port around 5 in the morning and wandered around the streets for a self soothing session. Couple of days later, I met up with Sam to discuss an upcoming video project. These photos which I took during my wanderlust will be serving as primary shooting spots.
I travelled to NYC for a creative meet up. The bus arrived at 4:30 am at Port Authority. From there I took the subway to 125th/Lexington in Harlem. The following photos were taken at dawn between 5-7.
Tech: Nikon D5000 - 35mm 1.8 / ISO 2000 - descending / Available lights
Literally a day prior to the event, I was told to make a slideshow of my photo work which will be projected at the event based on Wine, Winemakers, Food and good old vinyl spun music.
I quickly threw a mixture of stills and motion ranging from the birth photos of my daughter to the recent Macklemore video project.
I knew the piece will be looped and projected. Therefore, I filmed the final edit's playback thru the iPhone with the 8mm app to give an outdated look. I was watching The Conjuring on the other screen; hence the idea.
Ultimately, the final projection was exactly how I anticipated in my head. It was such a warm feeling to watch my work being exhibited for hundreds to dig. Many guests grabbed the projection via their phone and took photos. From one phone to many! Not sure if I call this creative recycling or irony.
One thing I learned from this project is to just let it go! I don't recall nitpicking for composition or pixel counts nor quality. Do what you feel like. Just make something! If you fail, you fail. If you succeed, you have absolutely nothing but gains! Period.
A huge thanks to Terrell for the hook up.
Below are some photos covering the event and my exhibited piece. Tech: Nikon D5000 - 35mm 1.8 - ISO 1600-3200 - Available lights.