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The Films of My Father

When I was a kid my dad was a film maker. Not of the Hollyweird sort, he made educational films. I still remember one of his films being shown in my grade school and giggling when I saw myself used as an extra.

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Oxygen, Barr Films, 16mm Movie Film

Zoom forward and I’m working on documenting obsolete technology for an art project. I’d been photographing some reels and canisters I’d acquired by digging around junk shops.

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I was pretty happy with the direction the project was going when it occurred to me: … hey my dad made movies and must have some of them still! It would be more of a tie in.

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People-Who-Work-with-People, Barr Films

So that’s my ongoing personal project, still in progress.

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Oxygen, Barr Films, 16mm Movie Film

Prison Texture

Recently I got a quick most-expenses-paid trip to prison. I’m a pretty law abiding type of guy, so it’s not what you think. My brother and his wife purchased tickets to the Ai Weiwei exhibit on Alcatraz. Not a big surprise, but there’s some nice urban texture to be found there!

And it so happens that the Ai Weiwei exhibit was on at the time. That added a little color to the otherwise muted palette of the former prison.