A big part of getting into photography, I think, is understanding the weight behind a moment. Not just the moments where you’re staring out at something that just demands to be shot, edited, and retained, but the quieter moments where your camera’s sitting on the bedside stand instead of securely around your neck. Where you’re going on your third hour in bed on a lazy evening with your girlfriend, and she’s giggling and getting quietly exasperated at the bottle flip game on your phone she can’t seem to get more than three points on.
You’re not always going to be able to catch that kind of moment of your camera. A photograph’s probably going to be the last thing on your mind in that instant. But if you can sort of grasp the kind of weight behind all time, all space, all memory – from the luckiest moments we burn into an SD card at the push of a button, to the simplest things that we don’t – I think that maybe, just maybe, you’d be good at this.
Well, I’m well into the semester and more or less settled into my schedule. Despite our current project’s progress taking a bit of a hit in the face of the good ‘ol academic grind, our to-do list is pretty clear. Pat’s got a handle on collecting clips, I’m in the process of recording some audio, and the video is crawling, but making its way along – little by little.
That aside, the intention never really was to just leave this blog out in the open, waiting for pertinent news from our end to crop up. I talked about Fernway being something beyond just the video content we produce – how it’s made up of our entire body of work. This blog should really be a showcase of that, and since I’ve got a better handle of my time now, I really think I should start putting things out there.
I’ve been thinking about a sort of series that I can put up on a weekly basis – something inspired by Patrick’s most recent work for the Rutgers media team. Right now, he’s in charge of a weekly feature called “At a Glance”, where he takes clips of things around campus that the typical Rutgers student might take for granted, and he strings them together into brilliant, artsy, fifteen second snippets.
I want to try something in a similar vein – taking any particular moment from the events of the past week and turning it into a short narrative piece. Something short, sweet, and evocative in a bite sized sort of way. Maybe I’ll call it “The Narrative Moment”? I’ll have a post up soon as a bit of a trial run. Stay tuned.