ZOO LEGACY AT MCGILL OPEN AIR PUB

The boys from Zoo Legacy are on "The Flight Risk" tour and stopped at the McGill Open Air Pub. Here are some photos of the evening.

I've worked with the guys on couple of visual projects and tonight was the first time that I had the chance to witness them perform LIVE! These guys know how to engage with the crowd and rattle them! After a long time, I actually enjoyed a show with my eyes instead of through a viewfinder.

Check out their music video CRWD shot by yours truly here. Make sure to grab their EP "City Lights Glow" here.


SAMANTHA

This time I was commissioned by Samantha for an editorial shoot for her upcoming website and music album. She came up with a full nude concept but at the end settled with implied nudity. These photos are posted with her permission. Click here for the first her album cover shoot.

MIAMI HEAT

I was digging through my phone and found these photos. They were taken after a music video wrap up. See the trailer here. We had about six hours to kill before departing so off to South Beach! Hopefully, I get to go back on a project with a bit more personal time to spend.

" Things get emotional, moves get messy. Moves get messy and the wrong people die. " - Lieutenant Castillo.

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Recently, I've been interacting with a lot of shadows in my personal life. Things are there but for some reason I can't seem to hold on to the moment. It's simply unfair for those who cares about me deeply as I'm not able to enjoy a simple moment of joy with them. Hell, I can't even enjoy a moment for myself if it has no visuals attached to it. I'm simply not present in the reality. Instead, I'm sleeping around and having fun in the paradox.

Every minute I spend doing what I love, I lose sixty seconds of my presence with those whom I'm in love with. I'm also in a state of creative poverty. I used to blame on that for a while and play the victim role. And of course, the custody battle of my daughter is like the cherry on a sundae.

Until, a week ago. I was thinking about all of the above sitting on a park bench. Just me, the bench and nature. After a good hour of just breathing air and staring into my eye floaters - not sure where it came from but I realized right there and then that I needed to do something. Something I should have done a long time ago. In fact, I should have done that whenever I felt like it. I know my ego is strong enough in order for me to ground myself. I rushed home and opened the door and my mom was sitting on the couch with the ipad on her laps.

As soon as she made eye contact with me and once again I'm not sure where it came from - I started to cry like a newborn's first exchange with oxygen. I'm a 31 year old guy weeping on his mother's laps. I thought about everything while crying. The shitty relationship of my past, the manipulation of l[ie]awyers, the custody battle, the uncooperative mother of my child, the parental alienation of my child, the creative poverty, abandonment by my father, cutting off a very good, loving, warm and genuinely caring relationship and the list goes on.

I think with everything that is happening in my life I forgot to breathe a little. Most importantly, I think it's the involuntary pressure attached to the transition stage of becoming a man.

Does this mean that I'm cured and I'm now able to live and savor the moment? Absolutely not. But, I'm very glad that I've discovered another better and stronger version of myself.  It's at a pre-alpha stage.

This simply means that I came to a self-awareness stage to realize that I'm done blaming on a court date to move on with whatever I was stuck with. I'm done crying that I'm in creative poverty and blame it on my lawyer fees or child support has to be paid. This means I blame everything on myself. This means instead of creating a story in my head that will steer me towards positivity, I was aiming more towards the negativity.

This also means, I have to start disciplining myself in the paradoxical world which will help me to breakeven sixty seconds to appreciate those who cares about me for a minute in reality. If not I'll be the perfect example of the line - 'I know nobody to blame, Kurt Cobain, I did it to myself.'

About the short clip - Most of the shots are intentionally filmed in the dark as I tried to play with shadows and highlights. In other words, the darkness makes most of the shots. Track is by the ever inspiring Mr.Cash. That man figured it all out. Scanned with Ilford 3200 ISO film negative. Graded with Colorista ll.

NXNE 2014 WITH THE POSTERZ

Here are some photos I took during my three day stay documenting The Posterz at the North By NorthEast music and art festival in Toronto. I was commissioned to document the whole trip and present it as an Episode #2 of their ongoing Poster Porn video series. Day one was at The Vice Island to which we took a water taxi to get there. Day two was on land at Tattoo rock parlour. Day three was on water inside the Bruise Cruise. Click here to read my post on Episode #1 of Poster Porn and keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates on Episode #2.

TEST GRADE WITH DAVINCI RESOLVE

On my ongoing quest to finding the most comfortable color grading software, I finally had the chance to confront Davinci Resolve Lite and I must say...it had me at workflow! I'm still getting used to it as it's my very first night with the grader. I have an upcoming shoot and DaVinci will be my official color grader. I will post my thoughts as an avid Colorista ll user switching to DaVinci.

Below are some quick graded shots.  Native footage on the top. Graded footage on the bottom. Shot with T2i with Cinestyle flat picture style.