I spent the weekend in Ventura, Calif., at the Brooks Institute of Photography at the VJ Multimedia Workshop, which was a tuition-free workshop for recently laid-off photojournalists and students. Along with finally getting around to learning Final Cut Pro (I got the TriFecta now — Premiere, Avid, FCP!), it was a wonderful opportunity to re-train my brain in how I go about planning a story. To quote my team leader, Léo Kim, “You got to f**k with people’s minds!”

Here’s my project. Nothing too fancy, just an audio slideshow. The structure of the story is definitely different than how I would have done it in the past, but I’m proud of the way it turned out. I spent the day with a homeless street musician named Travis Burns, picking his brain on why he does what he does and about life in general.

Without further ado, I present “Confirm My Existence”:

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