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Motion Photography in the Alley

March 19, 2011

Having been involved with the event twice before and even recently built their website, this past weekend saw me venture out to be a part of the latest Arts in the Alley, this time in Church Hill… though not as much as I’d have liked. Leading into the event I’d seen a number of late (4am) nights working on a variety of projects and even a (pretty darn amazing) wedding in Newport News, VA  on Saturday night. All told, whereas I’m usually an Arts in the Alley staple, I only got to be there for about a quarter of it this time out. Sad times.

So, with my good friend Jaime Patterson having been shooting still photography the entire time, I decided to use the hours I was able to attend to do something a bit different than i’d done before: namely, make a video. So it was with a dash of determination and a complete lack of steady-cam equipment that I set out and made what is posted above, and even though I debuted this on Facebook yesterday, I figured it was worth a blog post as well. Let me know what you think!


Arts in the Digital Alley

February 28, 2011
Arts in the Alley's new website!

Arts in the Alley's new website!

Since 2008, I’ve been partnering with Offering, a Richmond, VA based non-profit band, to capture their amazing Arts in the Alley (AITA) initiative in photos. Through two iterations, AITA has literally taken me around the world and back, with the first being held right here in downtown Richmond and the second in a migrant worker neighborhood in Beijing, China. The events’ focus is to take a normal run-down alley, spend a day cleaning it up, and then a second day painting beautiful murals; all while throwing a vibrant arts festival with music and visual art. The idea is that this will not only serve as a fun, creative weekend for those in attendance, but also crime rates have been proven to decline when an urban area is revitalized, so there’s a lasting positive effect as well.

The newest AITA is coming up on March 12-13, and in preparation for the next event, Offering’s band leader, Jeanine Guidry, asked me to design a new website that could operate as a great place to showcase the work that’s been done before, but also serve as a digital staging ground for volunteers at new AITA events; all while trying to capture the vibrant spirit of the events themselves in the design. (read more…)

Africa in December

January 14, 2011
Rwandan Street Child

Rwandan Street Child

The first four days I headed back to Mudzini Kwetu (One Home Many Hopes) where I spent time in March and April earlier in the year, and the rest of the time I spent in Rwanda working primarily with New Hope Homes, but taking an afternoon to collaborate a little with Hope For Life Ministries as well. The adventure all wrapped up with a four day stint in Brussels, Belgium when my flight home was rescheduled due to a lack of aircraft deicing fluid. Fun.

All airline shenanigans aside, It was a really great trip and I had to opportunity to meet and interact with some truly incredible people. The focus when visiting each home was the development of video collaterals for fundraising back here in the states. That said, I took a few still shots of many of the faces I came in contact with and a couple of the gorgeous Rwandan countryside as well.

I’m planning on doing a separate entry profiling each home in the near future to showcase some completed video work as well as a few stories time spent at each, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some of these stills I managed to pick up along the way. Take a look below (or after the break) and let me know what you think!

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OHMH | Be Unreasonable 2010 Video

September 8, 2010

Yep, here it is. Five months after staying at and working with orphanage Mudzini Kwetu in Kikambala, Kenya, One Home Many Hopes‘ (OHMH) fall drive to raise funding for building a school is about to begin, and with that comes the first fruits of the cinematographic labor of Graham Marley and myself. Thus, it’s with great excitement that I share the three and a half minute promotional video that will be one of the centerpieces of this year’s campaign. Take a look! (read more…)

One Home. Many Hopes.

May 26, 2010

Education is key.

If you haven’t caught up thus far, I encourage you to read the three previous entries to this (The Masai and the Mara, Kenyan Life and Infrastructure, and The Girls of Mudzini Kwetu) for context.

Oh, you’re already caught up? Awesome. Then you know all about the work that the Kenyan orphanage, Mudzini Kwetu, is doing to combat the cycles of poverty that exist in Kenya today. This orphanage for girls houses thirty-four of the brightest, most beautiful young ladies and sees to the care and education of each and every one of them; filling their lives with love, support, a family structure, and the tools needed to transform Kenya for the better. (read more…)

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