For the second year in a row, I have the privilege of being a screener for the experimental category for the Chicago Underground Film Festival. The diversity of storytelling methods is impressive. Experimental films have always evoked a strange sense of wonder in me, and right now I'm having fun.
Excited to have several photos from Project Verschwinden: Bank of America featured in the online magazine Slag Glass City. The property of the former bank is still in limbo, waiting for development.
Excited to announce that this weekend my photos will be on display at the North Park Art Walk. Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 - 6:00 pm I'll be at 3217 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. Stop by, say hi, and see some of my work in person. More info here.
The joys of summer bring shifts in schedules where time alternately accelerates and stops. It is a season that highlights the ephemeral nature of time, best evidenced by the changes of a garden. Below is one sample, a quick snapshot from sitting in our yard this past weekend. The garden has already changed in the few days since the photo and will change again.
In the meantime, here are a few updates:
- Two photo projects wrapping up, one starting. Completed photography for Essential Acupuncture and was hired to be set photographer for an independent film directed by Tom Fratterigo and produced by Kevin and De Cooper. Had my first day of shooting for a local gluten free cafe. Three more shoot days scheduled in the coming weeks.
- We are visiting our daughter in Costa Rica later this month to help her celebrate her birthday. Hoping to sneak away to shoot for a half day while there. Here are photos from a project I worked on a few years back in her town of Nosara.
- I attended the NCDA Conference here in Chicago in June. So many great people and such intriguing information. My biggest takeaway is about the importance of career development. Since the global markets have expanded more rapidly than the safety nets, individuals have been left out of the equation. It is crucial to support people in career pursuits to help them remain valued members of society.
- I also attended the Face, Body and Image Symposium at Northwestern University in Evanston. Pure bliss hearing a full day of cinema study papers.
Nothing like breakfast for dinner, or an April update in early May. Hard to believe how quickly the past month has gone by. A few updates from April:
- We were able to get away for a week to Colorado. Partial connecting with family, partial relaxation in the mountains. Photo below is the view from our room at Breckenridge.
- Some exciting projects at work: partnerships with IFP Chicago, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and Full Spectrum Features.
- Finalizing creation of our professional outreach database for the college.
- Nearing the end of the Global Career Development Facilitator Training and ramping up research for my final project.
- Just this morning learned that my paper was accepted into the Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference this October in Chicago. The paper Healing Tragedy: Marketing 9/11-related Films to a Traumatized Nation focuses on how imagery in post 9/11 films directly and indirectly addressed the tragedy.
- And, the winter beard has migrated north for the summer. Stubble to return late 2016.
Needless to say, it has been a quiet month for photography.
Today was a sad but exciting day. Sadness revolves around the demolition of the Bank of America buiding at Six Corners. I had the honor to take hundreds of photos of the interior of the bank in the months prior to today. There's a small sample of them on my site.
On a brighter note, I spent the day participating in the final review of the DCASE Artist's Grant Panel. Long, exhausting, and rewarding process. It truly was an honor to review so many talented artists and their applications.
I'm into my second week of training for my CDF certificate. (Career Development Facilitator). This will better prepare me for the new challenges of my job and to understand how I can better help individuals and organizations.
These days, I'm:
- Still growing my winter beard.
- Excited to be serving on the DCASE Grants Panel.
- Wrapping up printing my photos of the interior of a neighborhood bank for the Six Corner's Association. The association will keep these for historic purposes.
- Signing up for a Career Development Facilitator Training. This will allow me to begin a consulting business to work with artists and filmmakers supporting their career development.
- At work, we are creating an industry outreach plan strategizing the best method for connecting our students to the professional communities.
- After watching the movie Love & Mercy, I can't stop listening to Pet Sounds and the multiple versions of Smile.
- Finishing up watching the IFP Spirit Award screeners. Almost time to vote.
And here's a bonus photo from my morning commute.