Facebook Jail

 Added to May 21, 2021
May 212021
 

This might be more personal that art related, but I was banned from Facebook, so I am posting it here, lol… I was just sentenced to 30 days in “Facebook Jail” because of a typo. Yes, a typo. I was writing a kind comment and meant to say HOW but my finger slipped and hit the wrong key: HOE… Just like that I was immediately restricted for a month. Worst part is that I argued the situation and won, Facebook apologized and allowed my comment back online – but never took away my 30 days.

I understand we need policing in social media, but if Artificial Intelligence is not quite there yet, maybe we should hire and pay some human beings to actually be the brain behind the decisions… Oh yea, and I found a bunch of shark’s teeth on the beach tonight!

Timelapse

 Added to May 18, 2021
May 182021
 

While I was at work, I set up a camera to record the sky for 10 hours. I figured, if I was busy, I might as well automate creation. Now, I wouldn’t call this art, but it is a step in some direction. I’m sure I will take this idea somewhere in the near future, especially because I like the way clouds look when you speed up the clock. Stay tuned.

Stretching Out

 Added to May 6, 2021
May 062021
 

While I love to stretch photos into colorful minimal compositions, sometimes it is nice to see the process in action. Here is a photograph I took on the beach. I then created an action that would stretch the image bit by bit, saving out a frame for each step. When combined in Adobe Premiere, you get to see the image evolve.

Manipulation Ain’t New

 Added to May 2, 2021
May 022021
 

Half of this photograph is from tonight, the other half is from years ago – because the sky tonight sucked. Gustave Le Gray, a photographer from the 1800’s, was one of the first to cut and combine two different negatives, the ground and the sky, to create more of an impact for the viewer. Manipulation ain’t new… That said, please don’t use “stock” skies, or do it to make all of your awful photographs look okay!

Vaccinated and Happy

 Added to April 28, 2021
Apr 282021
 

Today was wonderful… I’m fully vaccinated (got my Bill Gates 5G mind control nano bots), and for the first time in what feels like forever, I went to a bar show. I thought it was going to be weird, awkward, uncomfortable – but I instantly felt like I was back in 2019 again (subtle laugh). Seeing everyone’s smiling faces, hearing music, and dancing… it was just perfect.

Feeding Turtles

 Added to April 23, 2021
Apr 232021
 

Sometimes you just need to take a break from everything, step outside, and feed kale to a turtle. I’ll be honest, most of them didn’t care to eat it, which is odd, but this little guy crawled up out of the water for a bite!

Melting Photographs

 Added to April 11, 2021
Apr 112021
 

Every so often I get sick of taking photographs, and I decide to melt them instead. I basically warp an image into itself in really small ways, then do it over and over hundreds of times. I created a process that saves each step as a frame, then when combined you get a very strange “melting” effect.

Over And Over

 Added to April 5, 2021
Apr 052021
 

A new body of work seems to be in progress, but I am mostly just experimenting and playing around, and hoping a collection forms. I developed a process in Photoshop where I manipulate an image into itself over and over, in a loop, until the pixels melt apart. I then combined that back with the original image. I like that strange balance between abstract and photographic.

Tree Textures

 Added to April 4, 2021
Apr 042021
 

Went for a nice walk today and found a really cool tree. Here is a small piece of it. That’s all.

A Laundry Story

 Added to March 26, 2021
Mar 262021
 

Our dryer stopped working, so I was stuck with a bunch of wet laundry. So frustrating. I loaded up the car, grabbed a bunch of quarters, and headed to a Laundromat down the road… Inside I met an old Asian woman who, though she couldn’t speak English too well, showed me around and gave recommendations.

On my way back to pick up the clean laundry, I stopped and bought a bunch of colorful flowers. I loaded my laundry into the car, went back inside, and handed the lady the flowers. “My dryer broke and you saved the day by helping me out, so these are for you.” I knew she was smiling even though we were both wearing masks. She then showed me a vase with old perishing flowers in her office, and said how great these will look… I am not looking for praise. I do stuff like this and never tell anyone. I mostly wanted to share this story because we need more “community” or small random acts of kindness… It sickens me that Asian folks are being targeted with hate crimes because of this virus, but it’s also nice to just spread positivity instead of being mean or ignoring one another. I know it won’t change the world, but it probably changed her day.