So I turned 27 last week. And I’m doing that thing where you do a write-up of your year. Orta’s idea, and I really like it. I started last year and found the exercise to be cathartic and helpful.
The other day I posed this (somewhat cryptic) question to Twitter...
Alan Rickman, one of the most talented actors alive today, often plays villains: Professor Snape, Hans Gruber, Tybalt, etc. What I admire about his portrayals is the gravitas with which he approaches these characters. He understands that no one is one-dimensional or "just evil." Instead, people are complex creatures with histories and beliefs and motivations that sometimes make them do evil things.
I was browsing through Youtube when I saw this amazing video from 1940 explaining the “modern marvel” of black and white motion picture production. The video covers the complete production of a motion picture, from capture in the camera to projection onto the silver screen, and describes not only the machines used to facilitate this process, but the actual chemistry by which photography is accomplished. It’s a wonderful watch and I highly recommend it.
I’ve done a lot of photography over the Christmas holiday – and I don’t mean that I’ve taken lots of photos. My wife and I have spent a lot of time walking all over Amsterdam, discussing plans for photos we wanted to make, visiting galleries, and developing film. It was just the kind of relaxing time-off that I needed to start off the new year fresh and ready-to-go. It was all kind of kicked off by a really awesome Youtube series discussing the history of photography.
In 2014, the photography community is in turmoil. Instagram is destroying photography as we know it and professional photographers struggle to differentiate themselves from amateurs. It’s a dire time for anyone in the photography industry – artist or professional.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve travelled a lot this year, and I’ve just returned home with my wife from our last trip of 2014. It was a whopper of a two-week jaunt starting and ending in Amsterdam and stretching through three other countries. It started a bit over two weeks ago when I left for New York and my wife Ashley left for Nova Scotia to visit her family. We met up a week later in Halifax, drove to my hometown in New Brunswick for a few days’ visit with my family, then back to Halifax for a flight to Reykjavik for a three-day vacation in Iceland. Phew!
About a month ago, I wrote about transitioning from Squarespace to my own maintained site. A month has passed, and I thought that I would describe the technical aspects of the site: its migration, what went well, and what you should be on the lookout for if you decide to host on S3.