Some past and current images from the library.
Video production by my Halfway There Productions company. This is a promo video for a fashion/music event occurring on April 28, 2013 @ Revival Lounge in Toronto. I played cameraman at the initial Mystic Effect Event in 2012.
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This project was for a start-up fashion line called ‘Honey Matthews’, was a fun editing and post production job — mainly fun because the video was short, but still took some time to find the right look.
I also worked on some of the visual layout for the branding of some of the images on the blog.
For more info on the line, visit www.honeymatthews.com
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Art of the Picture Persuasion
Some interesting propaganda posters from the world wars, and to modern politics. Essentially, propaganda were the first original ‘Memes’ – meant to convey emotion and thoughts.
Some powerful imagery ahead.
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How much F#ck to give Compass
I’m sure all of us are at work/school and we are faced with conversations with people describing something – and we have all had that feeling of ‘I couldn’t really care less’ in regards to what they were saying. But because we are decent people, we ‘nod and smile’ to show that we are listening. So, anyhow here is a compass to actually help you determine how much of a ‘f#ck to give’ when people are unloading their problems/concerns with you.
Charts about Graphs, Graphs about Charts
Came across this article after roaming the Internet and thought that the idea was a bit too ingenious not to mention and give credit: especially nowadays where every day a shitload of articles are produced with a bunch of charts and graphs – all in an attempt to persuade us to do something.
So on that note, here are some of Ben Grossman’s ‘Charts about Graphs and Graphs about Charts’
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Finding the motivation to keep on keeping on
It is such a simple utterance, yet we complex its meaning by uprooting real & mental obstacles. If you’re passionate about something – the thing that brings a smile to your face, the thing that gives you a tingly feeling throughout your body, the worst thing you can do is just stop following your passion. And we stop for many reasons, or find excuses to stop. Sometimes we become deterred, find ourselves uninspired, or get consumed with other life issues. Being in the entrepreneurial creative digital field, I run into people all the time that said that they stopped their passion for reason A through Z, but wish they had continued, even in a limited scope – and they all feel some sort of remorse or regret. And I usually see myself in them (pause), as I am guilty of it too, when I get frustrated, I deter and avoid the passion activity; and I think afterwards, “damn, why didn’t I just continue?”. Part of the reason why we just ‘stop’ is because we feel some friction or we are not seeing any financial reward, and let’s face it, the financial reward can be a huge source of motivation, but there exists a weird relationship between ‘passion’ and ‘money’. Like yes, following your passion in order to receive financial rewards is cool, but the money shouldn’t be the ultimate motivation – because it would confound your passion and art. As we all know, once you get money involved, you get other filters and variables involved, making your art and passion diluted with money.
Excuse the little money/motivation/passion rant, and let’s get back to the initial intent of this post, which I think it was to ‘just’ continue your passion. Don’t mind the haters, the nay-sayers: if you are getting some sense of fulfillment from your passion, continue it (**Disclaimer: lawful passions in your geographical jurisdictions).
So consider this post as self-medication for me to help me ‘just continue writing’, and the fruits of my labor will be realised in time – and if the fruit turns rotten, I still had a blast farming …. Ya digg?
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If you haven’t been to the West Indies, you should visit one of the many islands; it is truly a beautiful geographic area filled with lush agriculture, warm weather, and rich culture. No, I don’t work for any Tourism board, but was inspired to do a post of various Tourism posters from West Indies nations. Mostly, I was inspired by the iconic Jamaica tourism poster from the 70’s (in the main image for this post); though, logically, that woman must be in her 60’s now, one can’t help but wonder how she would look now …
Snoop, Marlo, Avon Quotes
I don’t know what is the exact term for these types of pictures/quotes; you’ve seen them before – always talking about inspiration, or making a popular culture reference joke. Anyhow, the great pseudo docu drama TV series ‘The Wire’ (2002-2008) on HBO is known as a critically acclaimed series that never really got is props for telling a real story about the socio-economics and ganglife of inner-city Baltimore.
Came across some classic Wire quotes from classic characters such as Marlo, Snoop, McNulty, and Avon Barksdale.
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Dream Girl Kinetics
This is a Hip-Hop Kinetic Typography Music Video I produced for some independent artists out of Toronto. I was inspired by the Cee-Lo Green video ‘F— You’ and other Kinetic typography videos. A funny story accompanies this video, or tragic, I was like 80% done with the video, but then my power went out; which corrupted the file, so I had to spend another 10-12 hours re-creating everything. That was a lesson in saving multiple drafts of all video projects – especially in the Wonderful, yet buggy, Adobe After Effects, lol.
And of course with anything that is abstract, comes politics – especially when dealing with different people (which now, I really understand why most artists want to work for themselves and not deal with bullshit from other clients, collectives, etc.) … but thats for another chapter in my book, I’ll just say that when sampling a population, make sure your sample is representative of the target audience of your works.
Video Produced, Directed by d dot b (moi).
Also check out this artwork I did too: