Basically, I shot these as a sharpness test for my trusty 50mm f/1.8, and I was a bit disappointed with the results. I was hoping to get a little wider on the portrait shot to show a little more of my dad’s “Garden in the woods,” just to show the wooded area behind the house. But the damn thing won’t focus unless you’re within 10 feet, or it’s backfocus city. Either way, my dad’s a ham — which is clearly both a good thing and a bad thing.
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”: