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Here I am with the 5th episode of the IAMLAKEWORTH podcast uploaded this morning. You can listen to this week's interview with Jose Mendez here. I am amazed by several things. This first one should not surprise me by now, but the willingness of my Lake Worth neighbors to be involved in this part of the project and their overwhelming response to it makes me happy. The other thing that surprises me is how much I enjoy doing the actual interviews. Now that I have learned enough to be comfortable and do a decent job with the recordings I have really gotten into the conversations. I have to take a moment to thank Jerry Kornbluth for his assistance and patience while I learned how to use Reaper which is an incredibly powerful digital audio workstation. I now know exactly enough to be dangerous, but am comfortable enough in the program to edit my interviews and assemble the podcast for production. Thanks Jerry for the daily emails of new shortcuts and tricks. They have been invaluable. I also have to thank Wendy. The notes I got back from the first few interviews were not technical, but style instead. Wendy's notes made me realize that my being prepared by having lists of questions was actually taking away from the podcast. I was not fully engaged in the conversation. Instead I was waiting for my subject to finish talking and then I'd jump into the next question. I still do a little planning but I threw out the list of questions so I could have a real conversation and I feel like with Jerry and Wendy's help the podcast has improved by leaps and bounds over just five episodes. Anyone from the first 36 IAMLAKEWORTH portraits who would like to be interviewed please let me know. If you don't volunteer I'll be asking you soon enough anyway! While I am on that subject it is time to start photographing IAMLAKEWORTH II. Anyone interested in being part of the project please contact me by email or with a comment here and I will get the shoot scheduled.
Jerris 'Quick the Poet' Evans
Portrait shoot Fort Lauderdale, FL
Busy week this week. the latest podcast interview with Mary Lindsey went live this morning. You can listen to the podcast here or on iTunes. I had a portrait shoot with Quick the Poet in Fort Lauderdale last night and tomorrow I am recording the next interview for the podcast. City Manager Mike Bornstein is the next subject.
On another front I sat down yesterday with my friend, film maker James Venable at Common Grounds for a cup of coffee. We met to talk about the possibility of a movie project for IAMLAKEWORTH. James helped me so much by asking me the right questions to get me thinking about what I want the future of IAMLAKEWORTH to be. I will be spending the next few days working out the answers to those questions. Thanks James for the incredible conversation.
Sometimes to get the shot you just have to get into the swamp.
Photo by Robert Sypnier
Riverbend Park - Jupiter Florida
My Brother in Law Robbie and I decided Saturday night to go out Sunday AM and photograph up at Riverbend. We planned to leave the house at 6:30. At 5:30 it started poring and I thought we would be washed out, but by 6:30 the rain had stopped. We had 2 hours in the park and it was nice and cloudy so the directional morning light was nice and soft. It really brought out the colors and helped keep the contrast in check. It turned out to be a very productive morning. We really did thread the needle with timing. It started raining on the way home and rained for a good chunk of the day, but that was ok. I had wonderful images to edit. Today it is back to work on IAMLAKEWORTH. I'll post an update on that tomorrow.
Jerry teaching me to edit and produce audio for the podcast
This week with the show down and stored I am taking my foot off the gas just a little bit. Wendy's sister Judy and her husband Rob are coming to day for a visit to explore Lake Worth. We are really looking forward to spending time with them. My foot is not fully off the gas though, my friend and sound engineer extraordinaire Jerry Kornbluth worked with me assembling the finished version of Jen Walls interview. It is now up on ITUNES . We spent about four hours yesterday using Reaper (digital audio workstation) software. We ended the session with a template we both like for me to use with the interviews. I will ad this bit of professional polish to the photographer's roundtable and Jerris Evans' interviews before heading out with my recorder to do short interviews with the people photographed in IAMLAKEWORTH I. My goal and one I will try to stick to is release an new episode of the podcast every Thursday, while also shooting for IAMLAKEWORTH II.
Speaking of IAMLAKEWORTH II. I want to get back to doing some of the images on film so look for me to be shooting my Pentax 645 and maybe even the Crown Graphic 4x5" camera I shot at the 4th of July parade. There will be plenty of digital from my Canon as well as the results were great and the turn around very fast. Enjoy your week! I will drop those re-edited interviews and look for the first new podcast episode to be out on Thursday, August 2nd.
I spent the day Monday taking down the IAMLAKEWORTH show. It was over so quickly, but what a great experience. Thank you Lake Worth! Normally at the end of a show I am blue for a bit until the next thing starts. Not this time. There is so much more that IAMLAKEWORTH will become that I will continue to be busy, photographing the folks for IAMLAKEWORTH II, recording interviews for the podcast and making plans for some other things related to the show I can't talk about yet. I promise as soon as there is something to announce I'll shout it from the rooftops.
When Jen walls was at the gallery for her interview she talked about the 80-20 rule for artists trying to make a living. Which is 20% creating and 80% marketing, business and administrative stuff. All of the stuff around the show has been amazing, but the creator in me also needs some me time now. There will be some scheduled time for painting and photographing nature. So, as I move forward with the next phases of IAMLAKEWORTH and make plans for other shows in other venues as well don't be surprised if I slip off to the swamps with my 4x5 camera for a day or stay off line and work on some painting. After all it is all about balance. I am going to continue to try to post 5x a week about my artistic journey in this small South Florida city. I had forgotten how much writing helps me clarify my goals and keep me on track. It really is a wonderful tool for goal setting and tracking. I will continue to share posts on the IAMLW facebook page that are about the project in some way, which may be most posts. You will just have to read to find out.
Keep Makin' Art!