On Saturday, I made an unplanned trip to Hallettsville to visit a cousin who has fallen upon some hard times. Hallettsville is only about 1.5 hours away from my house, almost all but a mile of it traveled on the same highway. I-90 is road I travel quite often to get from point A to point B in my neighborhood, and I never gave any consideration to how far it might stretch across the state and what all I might find if I ever took it out of town. Not being the adventurous sort, it’s probably not something I ever would have done without a reason, but I noticed pretty early into the trip that there were a lot of little interesting stops that could be made along the way – only I hadn’t brought my camera as I didn’t think it appropriate at the time (turned out my aunt and cousin both asked me why I didn’t bring it, so I guess I could have and it would have been fine).
Anyway, I did have my iPhone with me of course, but I didn’t want to slow the trip down by taking pictures, so I decided to film video of the journey instead, both to remind me of places I’d like to get back to later with a camera in hand, as well as entertain myself while driving. I ended up with about 20 minutes of footage, but knowing I could never subject people to that much shaky iPhone video taken through a bug-splattered windshield, I narrowed it down to four minutes and added a pretty song to make it more entertaining. I worked on this video for hours Sunday when I got home, so please – ENJOY, dammit! It’s only four minutes! And if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive across Texas, here you go (even though really this is only 1.5 hours of driving across it. Still).
I also took photos with my phone once I got to Hallettsville; here’s a few I’ve had time to process.
Hallettsville courthouse – also taken with the iPhone through a car window and edited with Snapseed on my phone. Not bad huh?
One of my cousin’s dogs had puppies, and this is the only one they have left to give away. He’s adorable, but already spoken for, and he’s going to get big so I couldn’t have taken him anyway.
each January the silver maple hums
with bees, as soon as the new
buds of leaves are opening
This is the video portion only of a new videopoem I’m working on. In full form, with the spoken word, it will be about 4 minutes long.The footage is from two public domain films I found at the Internet Archives; the dancing, believe it or not, was filmed as supplemental footage for a movie called “Blood Bath,” and all the other footage is from a film called “Romance Sentimentale” by Sergei Eisenstein. The song is “Good Friday,” by CocoRosie.
I noticed after uploading that the “colors,” such as they are, are different. I’ll be sure to correct that before completing the spoken word version.
I did a photoshoot the other day that was full-on Dynasty in appearance if not in scale (photos taken in my office with a white wall for a backdrop, as usual) but it got me thinking about the fabulousness that was the ongoing deathmatch between Krystle and Alexis Carrington throughout the show’s run. Yes, these are the feminist touchstones of my generation. I am so proud *sniff*.
This is a sped-up version of the visuals for the Over the Tracks poem. I just took that track out and let the video tell its own story. It’s still an interesting companion to the videopoem version.
Recently discovered footage! I’d heard Melies was ahead of his time creatively, but I had no idea he was THIS far ahead!
More fun with my iPhone. Apparently I am only inspired to film when there’s food around. That is not intentional. Oh, and the creepy spoken audio is from a CD of meditations for pregnant women. The music you can barely hear is by CocoRosie.
If I’m going to bore you with my iPhone experiments, the least I can do is keep them brief.
This is totally silly, and I am most likely way too old for such behavior. Which was all the more reason to do it. And yes, I am wearing a bad wig, because why not?
A friend of mine has a DVD player that has always been stuck in closed-captioning mode – but the closed-captioning spits out nothing but gibberish. I have always found this riotously funny. One day my friend suggested I photograph it, but I shot some (terribly shaky) video instead. Here’s the result.
And technically, yes, it should be “Closed-Captioning BY the Cruel,” but that doesn’t sound nearly as amusing.