Clowns vs. Cowboys

I found these slides at an antique store the other day and thought they were too great to pass up. Seriously, I wish I had taken them.

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Dear Holga,

My previous/first attempt at medium format included a 45 minute drive just to drop the film off. I then had to pay my dues plus $8 shipping since my photo lab didn’t do the developing in house. I then had to return a week later just to pick up some photos that may or may not have turned out (because, you know, it’s a Holga – the back might have popped open or something). Three hours worth of driving and a weeks worth of waiting and shipping costs made the simplistic freedom of my Holga camera nonexistent. I don’t mind if my photos turn out like crap, that is part of the toy camera fun but this was seriously not much fun.

Ah, but now! There is one place I’ve started going to in Berkeley that is 20 minutes away that can develop medium format film and get it done in the same day. There is also another in Oakland that I haven’t tried out yet but it is even closer. I’m seriously so excited! Making crappy photos has never been so convenient!

Alameda!

I know I’ve been away from this blog for a while and I’m hoping to be more productive so I can start posting more. These last two months have been pretty crazy because of a big out of state move to Alameda, California. I just got a job in Oakland so things are starting to sink in and become a little more normalized and this means I can spend less time figuring shit out and more time making stuff. There is a little bit of culture shock but in general there is just so much going on all of the time that I often feel like I just can’t keep up. The experience so far has been truly inspiring but also extremely overwhelming which makes it a little hard to process.

Here are some random photos I took just from messing around.

1000 Frames of Plaid

The video itself is pretty self explanatory but I would like to say a few things about it before you watch it:

1. Please watch it at the 720p HD setting! Although it might take a little bit of time to load for such a short video, the lower quality settings really don’t do it justice. I tried uploading to vimeo and I was really unsatisfied with the quality that came out. For some reason their system re-encodes my video to a really low quality even in HD. The simple text introduction at the beginning of the video was blocky and downright ugly and I won’t even mention how bad the rest of the video was… Perhaps I have to buy a Plus account if I don’t want it to look like shit?

2. If you can, please listen to it with headphones on. I made the audio with headphones on and I didn’t listen to it without them until I uploaded it and I was surprised (but not too surprised) to find the sound quite horrible. I think it might be obvious but I am NOT a musician! I was completely out of my comfort zone with this aspect so I have to say that it is also a little embarrassing. But honestly, I’ve been interested in creating my own sound for a while now and so I gave it a shot and it was fun! I can also say that I now have a shit ton of respect for people who make music.

3. Just in case you’re interested, I made the audio with LMMS and the video with Blender which has a video editor but is not the greatest if you are new to the program. There is a huge learning curve and it is used mostly for creating 3d content so it ended up being more of a struggle than I thought it would be for such a simple video. Although I do have the adobe CS4 suite I’ve been interested in free and open source software a lot lately and this is the result!

Enter the Machine

In my last post I said I would explain the images I had shown and *TADAA!* here is my explanation!

Basically I have been messing around in Processing (an especially fitting name for the work that I have been doing lately) to create what I call “image machines.” I wanted to create a program that could take an image, put it through an equation that included some random variables, and then spit out a new image. But I also wanted to automate the process so I made the program import the resulting image and put it through the machine again and again (as many times as I wanted) to see what would come out. The result was a kind of evolutionary progression that ended up making some really cool patterns, each one derived from the previous image.

I’m kind of addicted to making these but here are just a few that I thought were really cool (please click on them to see the super awesome hi-res versions):

If you didn’t notice, that last image was made from the previous one as it’s source image.

Aaaand just for kicks, here’s a Tumblr I just started with more of these plates put in order so you can see the progression. Each flat color plate (so far there is only a black one and a white one) is the original starting plate for each specific set.

http://img-dot-frm.tumblr.com/

I thought it would be cool to have this program work online and regularly update itself but I don’t have my own site set up (and I’m not even sure how to do what I want yet) so for now I thought this would be the next best thing. I plan on having the Tumblr post daily as a kind of journal that documents each projects’ progress. I have more ideas and projects involving Processing with most of them producing a lot of images and I don’t want to flood this blog so I might just post an update every now and again when a new project has been started.

Up next: video!

more.PRRROOOOCCEEESSSSSSS

I think I’ll explain more about this later, but I’ve been working in Processing and kind of stumbled onto this! I just thought they were too cool not to post.

A Town on the Mountain?

This one has been in my pocket for the last few days…