Month: March 2014

File Sharing Portfolio

https://www.behance.net/gallery/Primary/15447015

This portfolio was done as a project to kill two birds with one stone. My friend needed some photos for modelling, and I needed to do the project, so it only made sense to do them together. I got the idea to connect them thematically by removing the saturation on anything that wasn’t a primary colour.

The three primary colours are meant to evoke a more raw feeling within the photos, as the primary colours are the base of all colour combinations. I was trying to mix the human with the technology. I believe the integration of human with technology is an interesting idea that is important to explore as a human.

The work was really quick and easy. We just shot a good 40 or so images, I brought the ones for this project into photoshop and made adjustments. Overall it was a fun bit of work, and I feel like a better photographer for completing it.

Dark Souls II


This is a podcast my classmate Brandan and I did on the new fantasy RPG Dark Souls II. Brandan recently purchased the new edition of one of my favourite RPG series of recent memory. Dark Souls is a JRPG with a heavy western influence for its design philosophy. The game has little exposition, but a rich and detailed lore. I get Brandan to hint at a little of what he has experienced so far. The detail of the game sounds just as exciting as it did several years ago. All aboard the hype train!

We recorded the audio using Audition, and just exported it to Premiere to just upload it to Youtube for the masses to hear. The experience was fun, but just a regular occurrence. Pretty much everyday we discuss whatever fantasy related media we indulged in the night before. The assignment was fairly easy, but it was a decent experience.

Bright Bite

The preceding video is a viral ad my partner Brandan and I made for class. The idea came from a product my friends and I created for business management and marketing in high school. I wanted to be able to make some cheesy super hero related thing in the program. I have a strong affinity with hammy over-the-top media, since I grew up surrounded by it almost constantly, and still indulge in it to this day. Power Rangers and Hong Kong cinema were the main influences on this particular project, with the transformation, inconsistent placement and poor dubbing being the obvious give aways.

I had great fun shooting this project, since I’ve always wanted to do something this silly, so it will hold a special place in my heart. I had no particular problems with the creation of this project, and had a blast from start to finish. If I were to do this again, I would probably go even more over-the-top with the performances, but I still like how they came out.

My next video project I plan to take a bit more seriously, since I don’t want it to seem like I’m hiding behind a shield of anti-criticism with the “it’s meant to be bad” approach. Maybe I’ll go with a more punk influenced style in the next one.

Instagram

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Instagram is a very consumer friendly photo sharing site. Sign-up is quick, easy, and free. The site is designed to be as intuitive as possible for the consumer photographer. Just snap and upload to the site. The site also host a magnitude of sharing options, including facebook, twitter, tumblr, and more.

Instagram has this funny assumption that we all own smartphones, and won’t allow one to actually use the service unless they want to shell out for an up-to-date phone. Once you’ve caved in though it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Instagram’s userbase is so large, every image upload is like throwing a rusty needle in an ocean of other rusty needles. If for some reason you end up being the infected needle to spread your plague onto the world, then there are millions of people who will follow in your footsteps.

Instagram’s interface is so chaotic, you would to be a made man to want to use it for your main portfolio. The only way it could be useful is to upload to the site for free advertising. One needle I found on Instagram that didn’t give me a filtered disease was Joey Lawrence. Lawrence has a really strong sense of style with the way he uses very brightly exposed images with high contrast, giving off a very unique look to his work.

Overall I wouldn’t recommend Instagram unless you’re a young kid who wants to show off selfies to your friends.

http://www.joeyl.com/