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Room #4 Baghdad Photo Series Published In Fraction Magazine

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I’m honored to present selections from my photo series Room #4 Iraq in the Dec 2013 edition of Fraction Magazine.

Fraction Magazine features the best of contemporary photography, bringing together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe. Each monthly on-line issue focuses on a central theme, creating an implicit dialogue between differing photographic perspectives.

I met Fraction’s editor David Bram during the Medium Festival of Photography portfolio reviews here in San Diego last month – an event I would strongly recommend to other photographers.

San Diego Studies: Final Shoot At Green Elementary School

Many thanks to Craig Wilsie and the after-school-care team at Green Elementary School for working with us on this. We lucked out and got just the right weather to eliminate the shadow issues we had on the test shoot. A sincere thanks to Alex Graham and Oscar Velasquez who helped me grip this thing. The video below shows the set-up.


This project is being supported by the San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Fund and MOPA San Diego.

When the series is complete I want it to work like a mural. This piece will show the number of kindergarteners who ride the swings in a day. Broadly speaking, I’m interested in creating images of this city in our time. I can only imagine what this will look like to these kids once they’re grown up.

San Diego Studies: Test Shoot At Green Elementary School

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There’s a saying in film to never make anything with kids or animals but I disagree. I had a blast yesterday with a few kindergarteners who showed us how it’s done on a swing set. We were at Green Elementary School in Del Cerro (a San Diego neighborhood) to run through the set up for a new San Diego Studies video. The idea is to show the number of kids that use the swings over a period of days in a few seconds. I’ve started calling this idea/effect a Time Collapse Video. The picture above is a frame grab from a hasty post prod run to look at the various challenges. The shadows are really stretched out this time of year – that’s the dark blob you see on the right side of the frame. I have to solve that still.

I had no idea kindergarteners could get swings going so well. A big thanks to Mr. Wilsie for having us out to the school.

A quick look at the set up:

This project is being supported by the San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Fund and MOPA San Diego.

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Today felt like June in San Diego, just with a much lower sun. I’m making progress on the 3rd SD Study video, which reorganizes auto traffic on 163 according to car color. The abstract art above is my mouse path from three hours of After Effects work I did this afternoon. These are fun to look at – I’m always surprised  by the shear quantity of movement at a task the FEELS like it has no movement at all. A blow-up below:

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Green Elementary School Collaboration

I’m working hard this week to move my new San Diego Study vid forward. The new one will reorganized traffic on the 163 freeway according to car color to reveal the city’s preference. I’m still very surprised that so many people drive silver/gray cars in San Diego. It’s such a sunny town you’d expect a little more color. I’m in my fifth week of editing with a few to go. When I’m done will someone please throw a bucket of Gatorade on me?

I’m also excited to move forward with a new community collaborator: Green Elementary School. We’re just starting to work the details out but what I hope to do with the school is show the total number of kids that use a swing set over the period of five days. I visited a class recently and was blown away by the kids. They’re a savvy crew with big ambitions. There are a couple of girls who want to be pro football players, which is incredible. The princess narrative that’s laid on young girls is so unbelievably lame and limiting, it was really neat to hear these girls talk about their ambitions without limits.

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Documentary Master Class with Scott Hamilton Kennedy

Scott Hamilton Kennedy whose film The Garden was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 will be in San Diego this Saturday November 2 to give a 3 hour master class at the Media Arts Center (10am-1pm). The event costs $50.00, which is a steal. Below is the trailer for The Garden. Click here for MORE INFO. Click here to REGISTER.

San Diego Asian Film Festival Artist Alley Exhibition

The Asian Film Festival in San Diego is fast approaching. Tag your Instagram vids with #SDAFFartistalley2013 #SDAFF #SDAsianFilmFestival and they may screen your work during the fest. Here’s one I made…wizard.


From the organizer:
“Participate in #NOFILTER the San Diego Asian Film Festival Artist Alley Exhibition. Join Pacific Arts Movement and use moving pictures to move minds! Follow @pacartsmovement on Instagram and tag your photo and video entries with #SDAFFartistalley2013 #SDAFF #SDAsianFilmFestival Selected entries will be displayed at SDAFF 2013 from 11/7-11/16 at Digiplex Mission Valley.

The Positive on Negatives

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I’ve spent the last several days preparing for a photo review, something I’ve never done before. I needed to re-scan a few negatives, which inevitably turned into me doing a complete inventory of every picture I’ve made on film in the last six years. Many of my strongest pictures I took in Baghdad. I was amazed to discover that in the 16 months I was there I only took 250 pictures on film. Considering the number of images I like, I can’t believe the shot ratio. It’s a testament to analog. Yes, the quality of medium format is incredible but the value of being slowed down to a near stop and paying for every shot may be the real factor.

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Working late putting a photo portfolio together for the Medium Fest of Photography, which is fast approaching. It’s a nice break from all After Effects work for the vid series.