There’s a massive group of pigeons that live on granville, just out side of the train station. I see them every morning on my way to work. I’ve been thinking about this picture for months now. Saturday was the first time I took a moment to go capture the scene.
At first I thought i could just rustle the buggers up and they would fly away, but they’ve gotten so used to humans my presence did nothing to phase them, when i stomped around in the group of them, they just simply walked away.
I stood there waiting for something to happen, out of the blue an ambulance fired up it sirens and the birds took off in unison. snippy snap!
watch out for the poop.
Our fingertips got a whole lot more intelligent. HD DSLR’s have revolutionized and the film industry and flipped the page to a new chapter. Videographers exist now. Affordable high quality product is at the hands of the consumer. Film no longer seems to be so elite…(that was probably an illusion in the first place.) Someone with a keen interest, a macbook, and some digital glass, can now thread together some amazing works.
It’s the same with the internet. Our generation can almost be defined by it. At the tips of our finging appendages and a choice of some key words, we can dive in the the digital depths of the human consensus. The individual voice just jumped in volume, connection and expression has met a new exposure medium.
I had a good talk with a buddy of mine Greg Melanson. He made a good point, with the recent economic, and financial turmoil, people seem all the more willing to live the way they want to live. When the idea of “security” is shattered in the reality of immanent change, safety net jobs don’t seem to catch so well. And this is seen, in so many of the short films floating around out there. With web sites like Vimeo, Youtube, Facebook and the endless blogs, it’s impossible to miss. Generation Y/Z are aiming to live by their own means… so I gotta ask myself, what am I doing, working in a camera store?
The single frame is romantic. It’s intimate. there’s one snap to tell the story. As for film, photography is it’s roots.
Photography let’s you slow down, it’s the practice and a great place to understand composition, light cast and the gradient flow. To understand film and cinematography, it was obvious. Much like anything worth understanding in life, I had to find the roots, it’s origin, the single frame. For me it seems, you must master one, before you can master 24 a second.
A final film shot in my days at school. As stoked as I am on the way it looks, this film, and film making in general has really taught me how to be creative with people. It’s such a processes and a huge collaborative effort. That’s probably why I love film so much, It’s ridiculous, the knowledge given back when you give your idea’s to your friends. It can be fuckin frustrating… but that just adds to the spice.
“In pursuit” is an abstract look at the pursuit of happiness through the use of semi pro downhill long boarder Jeff Radomsky.
a project that came into fruition, as a side project from the life consuming lifestyle that presents itself in the learnings of film at vfs.
the concept was formed by myself, and the talented director/cinematographer Johnny Erwin, it started a few months ago in a small convo about the interests in local boarders up at whistler. naturally the attraction to the subject was the cinematic possibilities the mountains and snowboarding provide. that idea evolved into the curiosity about the passion behind the sport, we wanted to explore why these dude’s do what they do, what’s the driving force behind it? and if anything we wanted to question the idea of success.
over time the project didn’t change much, it just turned into an exploration of happiness. what is it? how do you get it? are people happy? we couldn’t think of a better way to peep the subject, then to ask a man who’s chasing what he wants. Jeff one most solid human beings i’ve been blessed to spend time with, shares his story with us.
happiness, how do you say it? maybe its just a feeling…