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film & photography

this is a little space i've created to call attention to visual arts projects i've done and am doing. like what you see? please feel free to email me.

conversion :: people look at me funny when i tell them that dom and i made a movie. i think a lot of them believe i'm telling them that we made a sex tape and are probably wondering why i want to share that information, but that's not it at all. i mean that we made a goddamned movie. technology being what it is, it's become much easier for amateurs to enter the world of film-making without looking like amateurs. so yes, with the help of a lot of friends and kindly strangers, but no funding whatsoever, we made a feature film.

you can stream or download it here and watch it in the privacy of your own home.

you can read about the process of making the film [including my shooting diary] on this blog.

here's the trailer:



short films :: after shooting conversion and watching dom create his own short pieces like magic [you can see his page on vimeo here], i decided to give it a try myself. i'm not terribly prolific with this, but it is something i turn to when trying to write proves too frustrating. there is something about being able to watch something come together that appeals to me when i get frustrated with just see words unravel before me. you can always see all of them on the official more like space vimeo page, or you can watch them from the safety of the blog:

a sense of longing [oblivious]
coming storm
guilty guilty guilty
they were dancers in their dreams


photography :: i'm also an extremely amateur photographer and sometimes do blog posts of shots i take. i'll update the links below as more posts are added.

in search of halloween, part 6
in search of halloween, part 5
in search of halloween, part 4
in search of halloween, part 3
in search of halloween, part 2
in search of halloween, part 1

resting places [graveyard photography]
resting places 2

the montreal metro project, part 1 
the montreal metro project, part 2
the montreal metro project, part 3
the montreal metro project, part 4 
the montreal metro project, part 5
the montreal metro project, part 6
the montreal metro project, part 7 
the montreal metro project, part 8


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