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Playtime at the Hill House

    So here it is.  A project that had many transformations.  Originally the plan was to make a promotional video up at Dorris Ranch, set in the 1800’s.  And it worked.  But as I toured the property, on such a dark day.  My mind wandered with gloomy fantasies.  The scent of old tar covered wood, creaking boards, and dark abandoned houses gave a recipe for a horror.

     It was great when this idea came to me on the ranch.  Then all my filming followed suit.  I would really try to get close to surfaces, so its age would show thru.  Giving the viewers a much more interactive experience, that they were there too.  Driving home the creepness thru texture and light.  Ironically  Dorris Ranch is a  place that is set for families, weddings, and field trips. Too then flip that notion it on its ear, was the fun part.

 That is the beauty of this class.  Our assignments are very vague with small parameters. Giving us the opportunity to dream and create.  Your imagination should never have restraints and I am happy that our projects didn’t either.  Coming to Lane initially I had photography on my mind, but after this class and my first experience with Premier, it’s videography that really inspires me.

Craigslist Guy

http://www.colinhouckphotography.com

A month or so ago, I had responded to an ad that had a nice Nikon camera for sale.  The advertisement was bright and well written.  Pictures of the camera were very nice, and absolutely didn’t look like a normal thrown together add.  It was weeks later after the purchase that I realized this craigslist guy was a perfect candidate for my professional practice.I had contacted him, and asked for an interview over the internet. Setting aside a few questions that I personally wanted to know, and that also would be helpful for anyone in the Multimedia design world.

His name is Colin Houck.  A current student at LCC studying political science, also studing marketing and photo journalism at the University of Oregon.  Currently he owns and runs his own photography business from home, and goes on specific shoots for various clients.  My first question for him was; When did you fall for photography? “At about 9 years old, in my grandparents garage,” Colin replied.  His love for photography unfolded literally within a collection of National Geographic magazines.  These images and stories had opened up a whole new world for him and was the initial spark that remains to light his passion today.

Next I wanted a simple follow-up from the first question. Why do you love it?  “Well?” Colin contemplated.  “I love story telling, and the way we can captivate in a visual method.”  He explained that this was especially true in still imagery.  We discussed how video is very similar, yet so much different then photography.  That video does seem to dominate most of our media, but photography still holds something special.  “It offers us a frozen moment of time, where a viewer creates their own space, for a more meditative experience, ” he explained.  That quote in itself took me back, and I truly knew I was talking with an artist.

Who inspires you? I asked.  “People inspire me.”  He describes the articles from various magazines are what stand out the most.  It was their documentation and experiences of the world that drew him in further.  Specifically in the seventies and eighties, National Geographic had published a lot of articles and stories of rural america.  Those articles, and especially the images, really stuck with him.   “I can’t really put my finger on why, but salt of the earth types fascinate me to this day.”

At this point in our conversation, I had been transcended by the way he views what I thought was just a job.  It was and is, so much more!  He really loves it by the way he articulates every word.  I feel so much more inspired by our conversation, to truly push that harder in my own work. How about traveling and living abroad?  “I spent all of my late teens and twenties living a carefree life, galavanting around the country and half the world.” We both shared a similar upbringing and by our early adulthood, I suppose you could say, we just wanted to travel and live on the breaths of wind.   Floating around the world and back.  The only difference between our dreams of this lifestyle is, Colin, actually did!  But settling and establishing strong roots is the path he is taking now.  “Right now, I am focused on finishing my degree, and growing my business.” Colin said.

I wanted to finish this conversation with a very open and vague question.  Advice for people who want to become a photographer?  “As for advice all I can say is to keep at it.”  Don’t get discouraged when photo editors or clients don’t come beating down your door.  Keep putting yourself out there, network, attend workshops and conferences, apply for grants, scholarships, internships, competitions etc.  The more you put yourself out there, the more you’ll get back.  It was all this advice that really stuck with me from talking with Colin.  Of course I have heard all this advice many times, and from many different people.  But this time it actually stuck, I had seen his work, could feel the passion thru his words, and mostly he was actually, LIVING IT!  Letting his photography speak for him, and never stopping.  That relentless spirit is something I have always admired.  I am forever thankful for finding him thru craigslist, and stars do seem to align in the strangest ways.  His advice will stick with me forever, and inspire me to always push forward in life.

Perpetual Trails

 

Well project 5 is complete, and if nothing else it was a huge learning experience.  For myself I tend to dream very big, and the hardest part of those dreams is bringing them to reality, or something tangible.  My overall goal for this project was to take a beautiful day hike at the coast from Haceta Lighthouse to Cape Perpetua, with 5 points of interest in mind.

The adventure started early and ended pretty late. With minimal food, water, and a little hitch hiking. While on the journey there were so many beautiful sights along the way.  Blooming flowers, streams, muddy bogs, coastal raging winds, beautiful sun rays, and an amazing friend to experience this with.  My friend Laura was my talent, so to speak, for this adventure. And my directing skills were honestly off the seat of my pants, and with a fairly over exceeding coffee buzz in tow.  Perhaps next time I will preplan a little better,  let my talent know what my intentions are before we break trail.

Anyways, I think that was the hardest part for me.  Just to spend such a great day out with a friend, but also be able to get dynamic shots. Running ahead on the trail to see other view points, stop  the marching, and make her walk back to do it again.    That part I believe was the hardest for me and especially for her.  She started out with such a bright spirit and beautiful smiles complimented by our environment, but by the 10th mile I could smell the resentment and bitterness building.  Her tolerance to my creativity and relentless spew of ideas were taking its toll, and her trust of  our future endeavors were wearing thin.  But hey, she is a trooper and in the end I feel proud of this project, as its my first video ever, and really can’t wait to do more!

Song Credit: “Her” by Vincent

Passages Tally-Ho

I had a few things I was trying to accomplish from this blog.  One was to demonstrate the anxiety and rage I feel when the Passages Malibu drug rehab commercial would come on every fifteen seconds while watching tv.  Along with that I planned to demonstrate a moment in my every day addiction to this food thru, “sound.”

From the beginning it has noise of me in the kitchen, grabbing a knife and chopping up some broccoli.  A gentle pause as I flick on the TV.  From there the rest of the story unfolds.  I am truly grateful of how close the soundtrack I found, emulates such an exactness to the original commercial.  Anyone who has heard this track will have an out of body experience.  Close your eyes and breath deep.  Relive the smooth sounds from the passages commercial, clinch your fists, bite your tongue, and enjoy my spin on it.

It truly does feel good, that I could take a personal addiction of mine and blend it with an every day real life issue, without really stepping on anyones toes and feelings. I hope. Anyways, the main message thru this ,from me to my viewers, is to allow yourself to be humorous and light with our everyday addictions, we all have our vices.  And we must take that first step that recovery suggests.  Admitting oneself powerless, and that our lives have become unmanageable.  So get out there, and get some.

 

Expert Vagabond

http://expertvagabond.com/travel-blog

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“In the fall of 2010 I quit my job, left my girlfriend, sold everything I owned, and bought a plane ticket to Guatemala.”- Matthew Karsten   

     This blog tells the story of an Expert Vagabond traveling the world.  His name is Matthew Karsten, a professional photographer, blogger, adventurer, and all around living legend.  I found this guy thru the grapevine of Facebook.  Just from liking outdoor equipment pages, mutual friending, traveling junkie posts, and Poof! His page popped up.  

Initially I was drawn in because of his title,”Vagabond.”  This was a nickname given to me from my grandmother at the ripe age of 14.  Due to how I was always on vacation, physically or mentally, or out to lunch as she would put it..  But anyways, that is what attracted me to Matthew’s site initiallly. And from there I fell into his world, head over heels into the bright rabbit hole of this, “Expert Vagabond.”

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” ~ Alan Keightley Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 3.29.42 PM.png
“My itinerary? Your guess is as good as mine! The plan is to plan as little as possible, and let fate take me on a roller-coaster ride of discovery & adventure.” Matthew Karsten

 

This blog truly slows down my world, and gives me a chance to breathe.  It is the few moments in my life where I allow myself to live vicariously thru someone else’s. I absolutely admire his attitude about life, and truly living in the moment attitude. Not talking about it, but being about it.  We must surround ourselves around more people like this.  To be present in every moment, and live like tomorrow will never come.

“Wrap yourself in what you Love.”

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Hello there my name is Joey Hart. I am a LCC student and majoring in Multimedia design.  I have really been all over the place as far as figuring out what I want out of this life.  But now I realize its more important to chase your passion, not the money.  For me I need to express myself creatively, work around other like minded individuals, and cherish every moment of time we have on this earth.  I like to spend any free time I have, digging in bins at second hand stores. I mean  who knows what treasure may be uncovered next?  Photography and adventuring are very important to me, as I aspire to one day travel, advertise, and be able to produce images for companies, as well as myself.  Hiking, biking, exercising is a new found love for me too.  I have spent many years riding the couch, and not getting anywhere.  Yes it took time to realize the benefits of sweating and working out, but once I started to see myself smile for no reason, laugh at nothing, and do whatever it took to sweat again, I was hooked.  On a more serious note, I have a real addiction to burritos.  For the past 6 months, a vegetable burrito has been  a staple in my daily intake.  It started simply with rice and beans, and now has evolved to kale, mushrooms, squash, eggs, broccoli, and much much more.   When I first came across this device of a tortilla, magic happened.  It was a chance to put all amazing ingredients together, wrap it up in a warm blanket, hose down in sauce of my choice (peanut butter, Saracha, mayo and curry powder) and enjoy. Unfortunately my obsession for this classic has got out of hand,  my burritos don’t wrap up by any means.  They have become a slop of steamed veg and rice, layered deeply with an open faced tortilla, lost in all the giblets, served lazily in a large Tupperware container.  But that’s ok, I love the phases of my addiction equally, and am excited to see what the next chapter of burritos can bring.   Basically my daily goal in life, is to live in the moment, never judge, and always create.  If i stick with these simple aspirations, the bigger things of life will fall into place naturally.

By: Joey Hart