Windows & Doors

 

Today’s windows and doors are brought to you by the lovely town of Oaxaca, Mexico, where I spent a week admiring the graceful colonial architecture and shimmering colors, and showcasing my inability to take a photograph with a level horizon.

Some fun links for your Thursday….

Over the holidays I went to Florida to visit family, and for the second year in a row I was able to go snorkeling with the manatees at the Homasassa River. I went with these fine folks, who are very knowledgeable and also very careful of the manatee’s safety and wellbeing; I highly recommend them. I also highly recommend this Cressi dive mask; I snorkel whenever possible and I am always being driven crazy by leaky masks. Is my face a weird shape? Am I Max Headroom? Who knows. But this mask is the only one I’ve found that doesn’t leak on me and I think it was only about 50 bucks.

On the subject of safely snorkeling with manatees, and manta rays, and alligators – well, maybe those you just observe from a distance – my amazing friends Claire and Jeremiah have the first episode of their kick-ass webseries, Kickass Animal Encounters, up and running, and you should totally check it out, because it is – wait for it – kickass. You can also see more coolness on their blog! Go! Right now!

(And at the risk of blowing my own horn, if you watch the “Update” video, the huge map that Claire is pointing to is totally MY map, on the wall of MY den, so I feel I should get at least 12% of the credit for the awesomeness of that segment.)

(Although an argument could be made for 15)

If you need to chill out this chilly Thursday, I recommend Watership Song by User’s Atmosphere, which you’ll sadly have to listen to only on youtube because I can’t find a purchase link to it anywhere; or Clubbed to Death by Rob Dougan, which IS available on Amazon, and is the best thing about the third Blade movie, besides Ryan Reynolds’ abs.

If you’re into movies check out the Reel Snobs podcast! Sassy Chicks discussing Flicks. I love it. Reel Snob Kalena even got on CNN this week!

Finally, a quick shout out to my favorite instagrams of the week: @egzgiozcan, who I think is Turkish and fills her instagram with her quirky illustrations, which I love, and @javie.33, one of my favorite underwater/wildlife photographers on insta. His boat photo from yesterday is particularly gorgeous.

Enjoy! And have a great, safe weekend of adventures…

Oh, good grief, I almost forgot – I’ve written an ebook! As many of you know I work in film and television, and I wrote an ebook on How To Be A Movie Location, for anyone who’s interested in renting out their home/office/property to a film production. Money! Excitement! Craft Services! It’s all in there and it’s only $1.99 as a download so check it out!

 

 

New Projects: The Palette Series, and Compact

I’ve just started a new photo project (because I don’t have enough half-finished projects laying around, including my documentary At The Edge Of The Sea, which is half-way thru post and may put me in my grave before it’s done). I did a shoot last week that involved photographing an art class doing oil paintings, and my friend Phillip (the actual photographer on this job) mentioned how cool the mixing pallets for each of the students were.

And BANG, just like that I’m obsessed and have a new project:

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I love them because they are sort of textural and abstract at the same time. And the colors! Meow.

In the interest of my sanity, I am going to abandon (har) my “Abandonded Buildings” project, largely because I can’t compete with the incredible stuff that’s being done in that area – really, go hit up Instagram and look up @abandoned_world and some of the other photographers doing stuff in that vein, it’ll blow your mind – and replace it with this new Palette series.

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Also on the new (sob) project front, I’m planning to start a web series called “Compact” which is all about small-space living – tiny houses (I’m obsessed with tiny houses), living on boats, RV living, cool studio conversions, you name it. I think it’ll be really fun. I’m constantly trying to downsize/simplify my own life so this gives me an outlet for that particular obsession.

Projects! I just listened to a Tim Ferriss podcast where he talked to musician/artist/all around cool babe Amanda Palmer, and at one point she talked about constantly having like 97 projects going at once, and I swear my reaction was, thank god it’s not just me. Hopefully you’ll enjoy some of my nonsense as it gets out there…

Urgent Post: Kickass Animal Encounters!

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I don’t usually post on Sundays, but this is kinda important: The photo above is of my friend Claire Christie, who along with her partner Jeremiah Prescott is in the midst of fundraising for their epic webseries, Kickass Animal Encounters, which is an idea so awesome that if they weren’t good friends of mine I would have to kill them and steal it. Basically, Claire and Jeremiah take us on a journey all over the world, showing places you can see and interact with some of the most amazing animals on the planet, safely, responsibly, and most importantly sustainably. (No cuddling baby tigers that will then be discarded when they get too big, and wind up in an animal sanctuary!) They have a Kickstarter going and are in their last week of fundraising, so if anyone can find a few pennies to donate, that would be amazing. They have some truly outstanding donor gifts, too!

You can check out their Kickstarter here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kickassanimals/kickass-animal-encounters-an-original-series

or peep them on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/kickassanimalencounters

And if you donate, send me confirmation and I’ll send you a special gifty: a 5×7 print from my Edge of the Sea movie, signed by my director and DP! You can pick from any of the stills we’ve published on Instagram, and I’ll make a selection of images available directly to donors as well. That is how strongly I want Kickass Animal Encounters to make it. I made my movie with the support of Kickstarter and I am a huge fan of the program and what it makes possible.

Thanks, and happy Sunday! Another still from Edge of the Sea, while we’re on it:

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Photo of the Week: JB

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Screencap from footage shot by Phillip Spears and Orlando Thompson II for Edge of the Sea, of shrimper JB who kindly took us out on his boat the Agnes Marie. JB is one of the last independent shrimpers in the Tybee area, and his day starts well before dawn, as the Agnes Marie chugs out of her marina to patrol the local shrimping grounds, and ends with him selling his day’s catch to local restaurants. “People ask me what kind of shrimp I sell – I tell ’em, FRESH!”

Photo of the Week: Wilmington Island, from At the Edge of the Sea

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Heavily, heavily into editing my short film At the Edge of the Sea this week – my rough cut is due to my editor early next week – and my brain, it explodes. I can’t wait to make all this random footage tell an amazing story.

This is a still pulled from some shots on Wilmington Island, one of the barrier islands between Savannah and Tybee Island, where I usually stay when I go to Tybee. The sun is setting and the marsh is at it’s most beautiful at that time of day…

Photo of the Week: Les Invalides

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I had such, such high hopes about writing a comprehensive update on my film, At the Edge of the Sea, this week. Alas, I got pulled into a work trip that will cover 3200 miles in 11 days and currently has me in Lansing, Michigan for the next 12 hours before driving to Toronto, and then Toronto to Virginia on Monday. I forsee a trip to the chiropractor after this week from all the time locked in the driver’s seat.

I’ve been to Chicago, Madison, and now Lansing in the last three days, and as a (nearly) lifelong Southerner, I have to say: you people who live through the winter here, you are a strong, strong breed. My hat is off to you. But then back on again very quickly because it is so damned cold.

Don’t get me wrong, it gets down into the 20’s in Atlanta, but it does it for like 4 hours in the middle of the night. And when it snows it snows an inch and it lasts just long enough for everyone to go, “OOOOOH SNOW” and cancel school, and then poof! gone. How do y’all resist the urge to just eat macaroni and cheese for two weeks and then hibernate til spring? Because that is what I want to do and I’ve only been here since Tuesday.

Anyway, while I am lame and shivery, I will work on my movie update, and in the meantime enjoy this photo of sunset over Les Invalides in Paris. Ironically taken on a snowy day, but you can’t see that, so you’ll just have to imagine me shivering and complaining there.