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How To Make A Movie

I recently was asked to do some behind the scenes work on a short feature that's currently being made. I realized, a lot of people don't get to see what happens during set life. They just get to see the outcome. These stills were shot over the course of two days at separate locations. I love movies, and I love seeing how they are created, from concept to roll to wrap. If a movie has bonus material or a 'Making Of' video, I'll be the first to see it. I also have a personal affinity for drag queens, so this was a particularly great opportunity to witness creativity in action. This story involves a man, sudden parental responsibility, and a friend who helps him. I really can't wait to see how this one turns out.


Traveling Through Space + Time

Wow. 2014. I'm not sure just how it happened, but the year seemed to vanish with tremendous speed. I've been thinking about my goals for 2015 - where I want to go, what I would like to shoot, and in what context. My desire to combine art and humanitarian efforts needs to be fulfilled. There's a lot in the works that I'm really excited about. 

I took some time this morning to reflect on my past travels, before I had a "real" camera, and was too embarrassed to be seen with one for fear of looking like a tourist. If I could go back and tell  my younger self to calm down and stop trying to be so forcibly casual about things I actually wanted to take seriously, I would have started documenting the moments I experienced and people I met with a lot more clarity and focus. Lesson learned. The memories for me still remain strong, and I have plenty of places to return to and work closer with. These photos were all taken between 2008-2010. A lot can happen in such short periods of time. "The moment" can feel like forever when you're in the center of it, but always in retrospect the truth is made plain. There is an infinite span of time in a single second, if you take the time to tell the story of it. This is, in short, my greatest goal for 2015 and the years to follow. 

I look forward to it all. 

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