Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year, New Me

Well actually, New Year, New Blog [same me].

In 2015 I recorded a one second video [almost] everyday. I had this idea a few years ago but have ran into some problems along the way. In 2013 I made it all the way to September and while on tour, our van was broken into and all my gear was stolen. My laptop and hard drive contained almost all my video clips, so my project didn't quite work out. In 2014, I made it to the end of summer and my MacBook decided to take a dump. Seriously? Well it's a good thing I keep a backup right? Or at least that's what I thought. During the restore from backup process, backup hard drive also decided to take a dump. Oof! Goodbye iTunes library. Goodbye cell phone pictures (I keep all my images on external hard drives so I didn't lose any of my 'real' work, just a lot of personal things and music. Lotsa music). Goodbye daily one second video project number two [insert frustrated emoji here]. Fast forward to 2015. I made this graphic to set as my wallpaper on my iPhone to remind me everyday to make sure I get my video clip. At the beginning of the year I was recording 3, 4, 5 different clips a day because I wasn't sure what I wanted to have recorded to represent that day or I wanted to make sure I captured 'action' in my video. As the year went along I got better at recording just one clip and just leaving it at that, not worrying too much if I captured the decisive moment or not. And a few days, I completely forgot to record what I was doing because I was so involved in whatever activity I was up to and would forget to take my phone out of my pocket. In retrospect I'm okay with missing those days because I was focused more on participating rather than documenting. Those days you'll either see an 'oops' graphic on screen or you'll see a clip of Friends, Seinfeld, or The Office.

It's already been a few days into 2016 and I feel like I'm missing out on a part of my daily process by not recording my one second clips anymore, but I am relieved and happy to have finally completed a project I started nearly 3 years ago. Without further ado, here's the finished project:



For 2016, I'll be doing a project where I photograph a new person every week for all 52 weeks of the year, but more on that later-- that deserves a post of its own.

Thanks for looking.

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