I've always loved the art of filming, movies, and videos. In fact, my adolescent dream was to direct music videos. You have no idea how many hours I spent throughout my childhood and teen years just consuming all the music videos I could (it was a shit ton). And don't get me started on that old MTV relic "Making the Video".
This visual obsession of mine led me to spend a couple of years studying film and cinematography in school, but for some reason, my visions of videos faded into the background as I followed other creative pursuits like illustration and photography, that is, until now.
I didn't film anything for this, it's just the same picture (in case you couldn't tell). As I was working my usual magic in Photoshop, I couldn't decide which version I liked better.
I liked both, but nothing was really sticking to me. As I turned the layers on and off I realized what a cool effect they had when combined as one. Both versions work together to create the perfect illusion: a broken neon light flashing in the night creating a sense of nostalgia and loneliness while remaining hopelessly optimistic.
This video might only be 15 seconds long (it was made for IG), but it has inspired me to continue blending more videos into my overall body of work. I'm even thinking of ways to display these videos during art shows like through digital frames or old technology (does anyone have an old apple computer I can have? Pretty please? 🙏🏽).
That's the beautiful thing about art and creative expression. I'm always discovering new mediums to express myself creatively, and each new direction just builds onto everything I've already done.
My next goal is to incorporate more movement through actual filming 🤣 but I also want to incorporate some illustrations into both videos and my photography. I'm excited to continue on this visual path and share my new creations with you in the near future.
Stay tuned! 😁