I made my public debut as a video artist on Saturday, April 4th, 2009, at the CreateHere gallery on Main Street, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’ve titled the piece “The Wide Canvas of Faces.” I built an 8-foot by 2-foot canvas from wood strips, canvas dropcloth, and white paint, and projected onto it from a strategically-placed video projector. Here’s an example of roughly how it looked. I enjoyed the entire experience, from concept to execution, and learned a lot about the logistics of Relief Projection. Thanks to everyone for their help!
When I’m visiting the Bay Area, I find their public transportation system to be very, very useful. San Francisco is an easy city to get around in, without a car. What’s it like, you wonder, to ride a MUNI bus, in January of 2009? Well, now, have yourself a look, as I ride back to Haight Street on the 37-Corbett:
Kofi Mawuko has a fun band of musicians with the name Ogya. They performed live at Nightfall a couple weeks ago, and I videotaped their show. Here’s an excerpt of Ogya!
This week’s video clip is a blast from the past. Way back in September, 2006, my friend Kim held a living room concert in her, well, living room, featuring Steve Poltz. Here’s one of the songs from that 3-hour concert, “Once Again.” Thanks again to Kim and Steve for letting me shoot that show. Check out stevepoltz.com for his tour & CDs.
This week’s video clip features Lumbar Five, a local band that played at the Mudpie last Thursday night. Note the wonderful African drumming solo by Kofi Mawuko. Thanks to Lumbar Five & the Mudpie for letting me capture this event.
On Saturday night I went to the contra dance (held by Contranooga) at Ringgold United Methodist Church, and I videotaped some good dulcimer/guitar/dancing action, featuring Butch Ross on gee-tar and Christie Burns on hammer dulcimer.
People sometimes ask what it is I do during the day, for my “day job” as an editor at Atomic Films. Well, um, I edit videos for clients — ranging from TV commercials to corporate videos to documentaries. That’s just about when their eyes start to glaze over from my answer, so here’s an actual example: it’s a video I edited today, featuring the beautiful footage shot by Atomic Films.
I’ve been taking some timelapse movies and other videos with my new Canon 870IS (in addition to photos, of course).
Here’s a tenuous goal of mine: chop up some of the interesting musical performances I’ve shot and upload them to YouTube. Sure, I’ve been doing some of that already, but the goal involves doing much, much more. (Perhaps a new song every week? Every day? Every hour? Ok, ok, once a week is probably within the realm of reality.) With that in mind, here’s a snippet from an outdoor performance I shot last September (back in 2006), featuring Dan Landrum flailing away on his hammer dulcimer in the shadow of the Tennessee Aquarium, and involving his electro-magical gear.
I done saw a building get all blowed up. The demolition of an old factory in Chattanooga (at base of Lookout Mountain).
Last night at the Tivoli Theatre here in Chattanooga, Dan Landrum was rehearsing for the 2006 Singing Christmas Tree. Here’s one of his original songs, accompanied by ballet dancers, that I videotaped for him:
Last night I went to a concert at Charles & Myrtle’s Coffeehouse (McBrien Road in Chattanooga) featuring Irish musician John Carty. Good show! Some fiddling, some banjoing, accompanied by guitar. Here’s a brief glimpse:
What with Halloween quickly approaching, I’ve uploaded another Steve Poltz song from his Barking Legs concert. This one is named “Sewing Machine,” and it’ll keep you in stitches. Well, I won’t leave you hanging by a thread; here’s the link:
Well, I made it to Day #13,880! Thanks to everyone who helped me reach that milestone. I put together a little video (one of my first forays into the world of high definition) of a related get-together; you can find it here or click on the thumbnail picture.
Here’s looking forward to 13,881! Or, dare I say, 13,923? The days follow in lock-step, one after another, as if climbing up or down a flight of stairs, or following a path that leads somewhere surprising. Each day has its own value: its own level of appreciation, amortization, joy, and loss. I hope that I may continue to improve in how I encounter each individual day.