World of One: Reflection

It feels like I’ve been waiting all summer to take this picture. Unlike the previous images in the world of one series, this was shot on 35mm kodak color film. Of course the film is scanned and manipulated digitally after. But actually shooting with film again, reminded me of how I’d completely forgotten the feeling of fear that came with it. The big difference is this, when you’re shooting with film, you’re bleeding money every time you press the button. I hear dollar signs in my head for each click of the shutter on my old Minolta. But film has …

World of One: Diffusion

I’m celebrating today. Today I have reached my goal of 8-10 World of One pictures by the end of the summer. I’m pretty happy with the way that the project has turned out. Although I still have some ideas to go along with this theme, I think I’m ready to start playing with some new ideas for a while. This image is titled “Diffusion.” Currently it is number 8/8 in the series. It looks a bit more complicated than some of the previous images in the series, but this one actually has less layers than a lot of the others …

World of One: Ninja

I started this body of work around this time last year with “Dichotomy.” At the time, I had no real intentions of making it into a series, I just wanted to see if I could do it. One of my best friends had suddenly up and died on me, and I was grieving. In my state, I wanted to create something just for the hell of it. Not because I thought it was clever or meaningful or anything like that, but because I knew it would look cool. In short, I wanted to make something I knew my friend would …

World of One: Paradox 2.0

I thought I could do better, and I believe I have. This is “Paradox 2.0.” You could say the image I shared in my last post was like the prototype for this one. I meant to show this earlier this week but it took me a lot longer to put this together than I thought it would. When I went back to the drawing board after making the first “Paradox,” I realized I what I thought was missing was the movement/drama in my composition that you see in the other World of One pictures. The day that we went to …

On Failure

The road to success is paved in failure. These are words that I firmly believe in. Pretty much all my heroes these days attribute epic failures as an integral part of their successes. For me, this image was a complete fail. But as a result, I learned much more about myself from this image, than any of the others I’ve created in this series. I put close to three days worth of work into this picture, and when I was finished, it was the most complicated image I had ever put together. But for one reason or another I was …

World of One: Focus

We don’t all look the same!!! Except when we all look the same… My ideas for these projects are starting to build off one another. At first I wanted to just mess with the configurations of the different figures (for some reason I never think of the guys in these images as myself) but I think I will start to do more of these imaginary instillations in other areas now too. I’ve started using the term “imaginary instillations” probably because people look at me like I’m crazy when I’m shooting them, and also because they don’t really exist except in …

World of One: Salvo

Just as I promised, a new “World of One” piece! I present to you friends and random readers/followers “World of One: Salvo.” From a technical standpoint, this picture is far superior to my “Dichotomy” piece I posted in August of last year. It feels good to be making some cool looking shit again. Not that I think my other pictures don’t look cool (otherwise I wouldn’t be posting them on here) but I think this series tends to have a stronger immediate visual impact than the others. I’m totally going to send this to all my friends (mental note, noted). …

World of One

I guess you know you’ve made something cool when you want to share it with all your friends. I have been taking a rather long and lazy break from actually shooting work since about the beginning of this summer. Instead I have focused most of my time on making paper cranes for my senzaburu project (where I’m trying to make 1000 paper cranes so I can get my wish!) and trying to find a goddamn day job (this would be my wish). The big problem with this project has been, quite simply, it’s really un-fun. Every so often I will …