Monday, February 1, 2010

The Rush of Water

For years I've enjoyed putting together slide shows upon returning from overseas travels. My friends and family found them entertaining and it was a fun way of sharing in my experiences and my photography. Originally the shows were shown on a single Kodak Carousel Projector and later they evolved to where I was using multiple projectors with synchronized sounds for a true multimedia experience. The one constant I always incorporated in my shows was a kick-ass sound track; there might have been a few critical comments about the images but never about the music!

Today of course the world has been digitized and with that so have my shows. Everything is basically still the same however now I work with digital files and not slides and I use a DVD player attached to a digital projector instead of the carousel trays. Naturally the music is still there. However now I can add captions, recorded sounds and in the future I will add motion videos.

The digital shows that I've produced up to now have been on the average of 30 minutes, which are way too long to post online. Thus I decided it would be fun to try creating a short version specifically to place on YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet. I had recently recorded some sounds of waves breaking upon the beach and that gave me the idea of using 'water' as a theme. The photographs are not cohesive in any manner other than water and the idea was just to have some fun and give this a try. I used several shots of my son at the beach setting off balloons for his deceased mother on Mothers Day only to ground the show and give it a bit of spirituality, something I tend to do on many of my productions even though I never intend to from the onset. I guess there's more to life than meets the eye! Anyway, I hope to create many more for both the Internet and for public showings as I truly enjoy this manner of sharing.

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