The Friday Project Part 2: Wednesday Edition

Well, guess I blew that one! Said I’d post this on Saturday, and well…it’s Wednesday. Missed it by that much.

That said, I did mess around a little bit and make something during my Friday afternoon: The second stop motion video of my April Stop Motion Video Challenge. I’ve been in awe of the spring weather, so I went outside and shot a weird little stop-motion video of it all:

Not only that, but I’ve been shooting a bunch of Instax lately:


Also, it’s my birthday. Here’s a retrospective of my photography career over the past 10 years that I wrote a few weeks ago.

My journey as a photographer started on my 17th birthday, and I’ve never looked back. Photography and all things related to it is still about the only thing I’ve been totally obsessed with over the past decade. I’ve never found any other medium I’ve connected with to such an extent, and I’m even more passionate about it with each passing day.

Moving to South Carolina really represents a step in a new, challenging direction. I’m really pushing and challenging myself to take my photography career to the next level, but more importantly, I’m working tirelessly to make better work than ever. That’s what it’s all about: Making a living with photography is nice, but more than anything I want to make the best work I can possibly make. The best is yet to come.

BTW Last week’s episode of the podcast was weak due to me running around all over the place for work. This week, I’m going to rectify that by starting a 2 or 3 episode podcast series about “endings”. We are living in a unique year where long-term series’ are ending, such as The Avengers, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars, just to name some major ones. I don’t want this to only be about movies, but rather the art of “ending” something. It’s something I’ve struggled with with my long-term photo projects like the 365. Endings feel somewhat unnatural, and they are difficult to pull off. One could argue that very few people are even capable of ending something well.

It’s a topic I’m into and I think it would be cool to have a “series” of podcast episodes. Excited to see what comes of it.

Fake People, The End Times, and The War on Christmas (Ep. 8 of Out of Focus)

Hey guys! It’s the last Out of Focus of 2018! (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app!)

Next week you’ll get mine and my wife’s annual Christmas Carol podcast called You, Me, and Carol, which is gonna be pretty great this year. We watched The Man Who Invented Christmas AKA the origin story of The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It was a really fun film that I recommend you watch before the podcast.

In this episode, I talk to Aaron Fortune who came all the way from Switzerland just to come on the podcast. We talk about Fake Photos of People created by AI, how technology will usher in the End Times, and of course, The War on Christmas that we are all fighting every waking hour.

It’s short but sweet, and Aaron graces us with the lecture series that he has prepared for his students. He’s got some interesting stuff to say concerning how we see tools and how technology fits into religion and the human experience as a whole. Should we take a negative or positive view about where technology is taking us? You’ll hear all this and more in this episode.

As far as the material for this podcast, here’s the article we refer to in the beginning of the episode about fake photos being created by AI. It’s disturbing stuff.

The next canonical episode in the Out of Focus Universe will be out in 2019! Seeya on the flip side!