Caprice No. 24, as played by the absolutely incomparable Jasha Heifetz.
I decided this would be more fun if I did a monthly post, rather than a weekly one. Less to clog your feeds, more to look at when you do look, yeah?
(That’s not true at all. Actually, I got real busy with work and apartment hunting and food poisoning and, while I took pictures, I pretty much didn’t take them off my camera for a month. But it sounds nicer the first way, doesn’t it?)
For those new to the concept, a 52 week project is a lightened-up version of the 365 project: I take a picture a week, for the whole year. Now, I take a lot more pictures than that, but most of them aren’t very good. My goal was to take a picture a week that I liked.
That’s a much higher hill to climb.
So here’s January:
Week 1: Lanterns at the Denver Zoo’s holiday light event.
Week 2: A feather. Experimenting with deliberate overexposure in an attempt to convey softness.
Week 3: This is not a chameleon. For one thing, look at the feet.
The reptile house at the zoo is my favorite on cold days. Indeed, my favorite picture of 2012 came out of there.
Week 4: This is why I get no sewing done. Could’t possibly wake him up, you know. He’s too cute for that.
And some experiments which have not matured into quality pictures yet, but which I hope to play with more this year:
Long exposure of myself, playin’ on my violin. I like the effect, though I want to hold the actual instrument steadier, so all the blur is in the bowing arm. Which might require I not actually play a song, and where’s the fun in that?
It’d be interesting to do different songs in front of a neutral background (and with an expensive lighting studio- sigh, I dream). Does Bach look different from, say, Gassoc? Is Paganini anything more than a giant fuzzy blur?
Look, I made a GIF! This is a toadfish, and he makes me want to play with stop motion animation. And use a tripod next time. Maybe I can just claim it’s a toadfish in an earthquake?
What’s your favorite picture you took this month?
Heard here backing a fantastic little animation, “the Maker”.
It’s funny, because at the beginning you think the rabbitbeastie is trying to manufacture a girlfriend, because that’s how these stories go; insert Bride-of-Frankenstein pseudoromance here and maybe that’ll make it seem meaningful. Romance, while awesome, is also like refined sugar: the fastest way to make a story tasty without necessarily adding anything more nutritious than empty calories.
I sound cynical, sure, but romance really hasn’t been doing it for me lately in storytelling- a lot of the time, it’s used as a shortcut for character development or individual motivation or, y’know, plot. Boy gets girl (heteronormative much?), or slays dragon to get girl, or overcomes challenges to get girl, or makes girl. Girl is reward. Story is simple. Zzzzz.
But that’s not what our bunnymonster doing. It can’t do that. It doesn’t have the time, and it knows it. All it’s trying to do is make something that will continue on after it. And that? I get that.
You can download the track on Paul Halley’s webpage.
I commented asking for the score and he e-mailed it to me. I am weirdly ecstatic and in love with both the composer and the internet, because seriously, that’s awesome.
My schedule has changed (rejoice!), and now Sundays are my Mondays. Still, they deserve songs.
What have you been listening to?
Because this is what amateur photographers do for New Year’s, right?
I’m gonna go after a 52 weeks sort of deal. One picture a week. 52 total. I take more than that a week, of course, but I want to take one I really like. So here we go my dears, with week 1:
I went to the Denver Zoo Lights with a few friends and my camera, and played with the dark. The lanterns they hung in the Elephant Passage exhibit were particularly beautiful.