For as long as I can remember, I have been creating media in one form or another…
I used to draw a comic strip in elementary school (the main character’s name was Earmuffs, in case you were wondering).
In junior high I would construct miniature sets and photograph He-Man and G.I. Joe action figures in front of them to create slide shows, before video cameras existed and back when slides were actually single 35mm film frames projected from a carousel.
Friends of mine and I produced a ‘zine in high school, where I was also on the newspaper staff and co-editor of the yearbook.
I went to Syracuse University on a gymnastics scholarship where I studied photography and got a job, first at a weekly newspaper as staff photographer in between semesters, and then as a photo assistant at a local studio downtown. Before I had even graduated I was photographing and designing posters for our varsity sports teams, and the University hired me for several years after to return to campus to create them.
Today I work as a broadcast motion graphics artist where every day I use cameras and computers to bring images and typography to life. Looking back, I guess I really shouldn’t be surprised that I ended up the Art Director at a television station. But you know what they say about hindsight.
Connecting the Dots…
If I look at the connection between all of these things, the common thread is the merger of art and technology, and how I combine them to create new, exciting or meaningful things. To this day, every time I buy a new device, read about new software or download a new app, I try to figure out how I can incorporate it into my life to somehow benefit me, my family or others. It’s a natural curiosity that drives me – as if my life is a big puzzle and I’m trying to decide if the pieces I’m picking up along the way belong in the BIGGER picture. (P.S. I still haven’t figured out what the bigger picture IS. If you know, please…, I’m all ears.)
It’s a natural curiosity that drives me – as if my life is a big puzzle and I’m trying to decide if the pieces I’m picking up along the way belong IN the BIGGER picture.
This blog is meant to be a place where I share the tips, the tricks, the software and the services that I have discovered that make my life – and hopefully the lives of those around me – better. I’ll share projects I’m working on, different ways my family and I use technology, and the occasional inspirational quote. I hope you find the information helpful.
I’m constantly learning about new things too, so please feel free to share. I’d love to hear from you.