Reactive Audio | Idea

For some time now I’ve been trying to create a way to add audio
to some of the subjects I shoot, as a way to enhance the storytelling
of a series of photographs in the digital environment.
Reactive audio to what someone is seeing.

The primary issue I found with single audio tracks playing
over the top of a series of photographs is everyone views
the images at different speeds. The result is audio that doesn't fit
exactly with what you're seeing and therefore distracts
instead of enhances. Using music is a nice addition but it still
lacks a certain connection.

I asked a genius friend of mine Rowan Hogan (
for some coding and design wizardry that would create reactive audio
to what a person was seeing on a webpage, whilst remaining discrete. 

Changing audio every image would really fucking distract
at higher scrolling speeds. However having general ambient sounds
that change at key moments in a story could be that
little cream on top of the buckwheat pancakes.

I’m happy to say that the first version of this experiment is complete. 
We decided the initial exploration should be done with
Stephanie & Matthew’s four day wedding in France.
Alongside photographing, I recorded audio to break into seven
ambient soundtracks that fade in and out depending
where you are in the story. 

During this first experiment I’ve learnt a lot about what sounds
work best and what starts to distract from the photographs.
From here it will become an exploration of improving and pushing this
idea further.

You can see our first attempt here.

Grown & Gathered | Book

At the end of 2015 I found myself on a farm outside Melbourne, Australia
photographing a book called Grown & Gathered by Matt & Lentil.
The book focuses on the techniques for planting, growing and harvesting
your own food as well as creating tasty recipes from all that you
grow and gather.

The book is set to be released in October 2016 through Pan Macmillan publishing.

The Combination | Idea

A speech can have many intentions, some of them hidden, others in plain view.

I would like to work on a project which explores tangling words from well known speeches
by people such as Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Hitler etc, to create other meaning.

I find it interesting to think that the difference of a speech being aggressive or playful, dark
or light, motivational or degrading can simply be the sequence in which the words are written.
The individual words themselves are innocent and without bias. Hitler used the word "great" as did Martin Luther King.

The Combination.

It might be a stretch of the imagination to say a word is influenced by the words
surrounding it, just like a person is influenced by the physical environment
or people that are around them.

New York City | Description

The temptation to endeavour to describe New York City, runs through
any person who visits the city or views it from afar.
Over the years I have read endless attempts to summarise this place, the diversity of
experiences flooding into every possible realm of human interest.
Somehow each description fell short of retelling the whole
narrative, because it failed to encompass the account of someone else.

 That in itself is how I would describe New York City, a place that never
holds a singular description.