Thursday, February 9, 2017

My friends' RESIST signs - In Another Minute (Week 354)

Over the last few weeks, I have seen a lot of the resist signs my friends held up at protests and marches around the world. This week's 1-minute video is a collection of photos my friends (and their friends) have provided of their resist signs and beautiful faces. THANK YOU!

My friends' RESIST signs - In Another Minute (Week 354)

In the almost 7 years I've been making these weekly videos, I've never published a video I didn't shoot - except the 2 videos my dog filmed (and at least I assisted). But these few weeks have been very different, and it was time for me to take a stand with this video series. And my perspective of the protests has been through the eyes of my friends. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to march with them in New York City, DC, Berlin or anywhere really. I wish I had been there.

There is so much I love about these pictures and signs. I love the people, I love their messages, I love their energy and commitment, their spontaneity and cleverness. And I love to think that we are all free elves (no matter what package we come in).

I made this video to spread these messages and to give a kind of permanence to the actions.

While I got the permission of everyone I named in the video, I failed to get permission for every face in the video. If you take offense to being in the video, please let me know, and I'll do some editing magic.

When contemplating the title, I deliberately chose "resist signs" - not "protest signs". For one, because some signs are actually "support" signs. But more importantly, I strongly believe in the term "resist" for these days and times. It's a time when we should not just sit quietly and take what is happening in this country and the world. We don't and can't all resist in the same way. My way this week, was to resist making another pretty nature video. That's what I thought I could do this week.

But I couldn't have done it without YOU. Thank you to everyone, who took photos, sent me photos, allowed me to show a photo featuring them or their sign and an extra special thank you to everyone who has been going out on the streets on behalf of humanity!

The photos were all taken in January and February 2017 at various marches, protests and rallies in NYC, DC, LA, ABQ and Berlin, including the Women's Marches, anti-Trump protests and rallies against the "Muslim ban".

The song in this video is “Whats It To Ya Punk” by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He has made a very diverse collection of songs available via a Creative Commons license. Thank you very much, Jason; and I hope you don't mind having one of your songs used for this video!

Ebe and her sign under a grey sky in Berlin

I highly encourage any of you to share YOUR PHOTOS of resist signs (as a link, as an embed, as an upload) in the comments. It would be so nice to see even more of your messages to the president, to patriarchy, to the world....

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Portrait of Zoë Noble (photographer, retoucher) and James Glazebrook (writer, helper of humans)

Photographer Zoë Noble and writer James Glazebrook are a couple of talented, hard-working, adventurous, caring, funny, interesting and interested (!) friends living in Berlin. Recently, I featured the charming expat couple in my In A Minute Portrait video series: Meet Zoë Noble (photographer) + James Glazebrook (writer) – In A Minute Portrait (352)

One minute is hardly long enough when it's an interview with one person. But with two people, it became clear almost immediately that I would need to publish an extended version of our interview as well. And now here it is...

In the post for the 1-minute video, I already wrote quite a bit about Zoë and James. But here are a few quick facts about content in this video and several links to more information:

All the stunning photographs in the video were taken by Zoë Noble. You can see more of her work as a photographer and retoucher on her website (A quick note about how the photos are displayed in the video: Zoë's original photos were taken in the 3:2 aspect ratio. Since the video is in 16:9, I took the liberty to crop the top and bottom of the images.)

The pictures of all the Geordies were probably taken by other Geordies. Thanks for capturing the moments.

The "silent movie era footage" of Berlin is from my video “1920s Silent Movie – In A Berlin Minute (Week 67)” – shot in 2011.

A special thank you to Kate Wirth of the Sole Satisfaction blog for allowing me to use her Childfree Portrait photos in the videos.

To learn more about Zoë Noble's Childfree Portrait project and apply to participate, check out this post: Childfree Portrait Project — Call For Subjects.

James Glazebrook's medium blog features intriguing posts about their travels, tips on writing, and views from a British expat living in Berlin, among other thoughts.

Currently dormant, but certainly not forgotten: Zoë and James' uberlin blog. There you will find great articles and photographs featuring Berlin, expats, creators and dogs. Check it!

James Glazebrook and Zoë Noble
Berlin, Germany
Random thoughts about the company James works for: Basecamp. I recently read the post "Employee benefits at Basecamp" written by the company's CEO Jason Fried. I was very impressed and even moved by the benefits themselves and by the presumed ethics and values of the company's owners. Having myself worked location-independently for the company simpleshow for several years, I appreciate the benefit of working remotely. But all the other benefits that Basecamp offers in addition make me think that this must be one of the best companies to work for. It also gives me hope that there are business owners that don't just focus on the financial bottom line, but also care to make life and the world better for other people. Well done, Jason Fried and company!

Last thought: Newcastle Brown Ale was my favorite beer in film school. It was one of the few import beers you could get in Tallahassee, Florida. For my 25th birthday party, we had a Newcastle keg - making it one of the fanciest parties of the era. Cheers!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Photos from Whiskey's video shoot at Arapaho Bend

This past week, Whiskey Dog wore a GoPro camera and shot the weekly Moving Postcard video from her back: A Day in the Life of a Dog – In A Colorado Minute (Whiskey Business 5)

At the same time, I took photos of Whiskey Dog at work and of the beautiful nature around us at Arapaho Bend Natural Area in Fort Collins, Colorado. For this post, I'm also including a few photos from the day before of the same location when Whiskey, GJ and Talulah went for a sunny afternoon walk. 

To see Whiskey's perspective of her day and the Natural Area, you'll have to check out her A Day in the Life of a Dog video.  

Whiskey Dog wearing the GoPro camera on the GoPro Fetch harness

To see these pictures larger, just click on any of them. If you'd like to see even more photos of Colorado animals and nature, head on over to the In A Colorado Minute 2017 Flickr album.  

Reflection in the Cache la Poudre River
Arapaho Bend Natural Area, Colorado

Whiskey Dog with the tools of the trade: ball, camera, iced-over lake

In-between storms
Arapaho Bend Natural Area, Colorado

Abandoned farm and Longs Peak
Fort Collins, Colorado

Natural arc over path along the Cache la Poudre River
Arapaho Bend Natural Area, Colorado

Arapaho Bend Natural Area, Colorado

Whiskey on ice
Arapaho Bend Natural Area, Colorado

Colorado winter colors along the Cache la Poudre River
Arapaho Bend Natural Area, Colorado

Bark - not related to dogs

Winter wildflower
Root reflection

Shadows, reflections and the real thing.

Scott and Whiskey Dog capturing images


That's a wrap! Whiskey, now without camera, is still not done playing. Let's go!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Day in the Life of a Dog - In A Colorado Minute (Whiskey Business 5)

One day this week, Whiskey Dog wore a GoPro camera to show you what a day in the life of a dog looks like: from getting up in the morning to an afternoon in the Arapaho Bend Natural Area and eventually back to bed, with lots of adventures and routine in-between.

A Day in the Life of a Dog - In A Colorado Minute (Whiskey Business 5)

I was inspired to have her shoot such a video this week because with all the unsettling turmoil in the world, like terrorists attacks and the ridiculous, but frightening new US president, I was feeling envy towards her simple life. With all the stress surrounding so many of us, don't you wish you could spend a day in the life of a dog?

One minute makes for a very short day. I tried to include all the highlights (getting up, breakfast, checking on the yard, getting dressed, driving around, fetching a ball, jumping in the Poudre River, walking on ice, running some more, swimming, doing tricks to entertain the humans, walking home, waiting for dinner, steak (!) dinner and going back to bed. But all the highlights are naturally very short in this version.

Please let me know in the comments if you would like to see a longer, slower version of A Day in the Life of a Dog... or if you'd like to see a (longer) Whiskey Guide to Arapaho Bend Natural Area (with lots of more running, jumping, swimming, fetching...).

The song in this video is the instrumental version of "Goodbye To Spring" by Josh Woodward. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Thank you, Josh!

Check out more videos featuring Whiskey Dog in her sub-series Whiskey Business.

Whiskey Dog shooting A Day in the Life of a Dog with a GoPro Fetch

I’ll be posting a few photos of Whiskey Dog's shoot throughout this week to the In A Colorado Minute 2017 Flickr album, on Google+ and Facebook and there will be a picture post on my blog...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Meet Zoë Noble (photographer) + James Glazebrook (writer) - In A Minute Portrait (352)

If you were an expat in Berlin during the early 2010s, you probably know British expats Zoë Noble and James Glazebrook through their popular überlin blog or maybe because of their co-working space of the same name. By now, Zoë Noble is known internationally as a commercial photographer and retoucher and James Glazebrook has expanded his work as a thoughtful and witty writer and helper of humans through his work at basecamp and his blog on Medium. They also provide a home to Olive, who was unfortunately not available for an interview that day.

Meet Zoë Noble (photographer) + James Glazebrook (writer) - In A Minute Portrait (352)

I highly encourage you to check out their current websites: Zoë Noble Photography and James Glazebrook on medium.

A special thank you to Kate Wirth of the Sole Satisfaction blog for allowing me to use her Childfree Portrait photo in the video - photographed by Zoë, of course.

To learn more about Zoë's Childfree Portrait project and apply to participate, check out this post: Childfree Portrait Project — Call For Subjects

Meeting Zoë and James remains one of the most special human connections I made during my Berlin years. You immediately get a sense of how open-minded, intelligent, funny, creative, dedicated, focused, talented and adventurous they are. I get so invigorated when I'm around their dynamic duo energy. And I certainly appreciate their style when it comes to visuals and music.

As with everyone I've featured in the In A Minute Portrait series, I find them incredibly inspiring; in this case both as a couple and as individuals. I'd like to point out two aspects specifically that I hope you find aspiring as well:

Even though, Zoë had worked as a digital designer and an art director in the fashion industry for a few years, it wasn't until she moved to Berlin in 2011 that she followed her passion to become a professional photographer. And look at her now, making a living as a photographer for companies like Vogue, Elle and L'Oreal Paris! Big YAY for following your passion!!!

What especially moved me in the interview was when James spoke about his "I don't really have a philosophy but..." - which can stand both in tandem and in opposition to Zoë's recent professional trajectory - but most definitely resonates with what I have recently embraced: to not worry so much about where you're headed, but do what brings you joy and not do wrong by other people... and things may just align. Beautiful!

Look, I'm aware that a 1-minute portrait tells you hardly anything about a person. Try to squeeze two people into one minute and all you're given is a glimpse... and three more alternate cuts with different and more complete answers. Later this week, I will release an extended version of the portrait, which will answer questions like: why is Zoë a photographer, what's her philosophy, what's James' dream destination, where are they from, what's Geordie Shore like and where would they send me to shoot a 1-minute Moving Postcard? It will also include more of Zoë Noble's excellent photography.

James Glazebrook and Zoë Noble

In case you're curious, the black and white footage showing Berlin is from my video "1920s Silent Movie – In A Berlin Minute (Week 67)" - shot in 2011.