God Save the Queen

Just wanted to break up the pace today and share a couple of links that I recently plucked from my inbox. Where it used to be just still images and portfolios that were sent my way by readers, it’s now often personal projects that engage a mixture of stills, moving images, and audio/music. And everyone knows I’m an advocate of personal projects… Without my intending, it seems that each of the three I posted below are from the Commonwealth – a Brit and a couple Canadians. God save the Queen.

This first piece is from a photo journalist mate o’ mine, Edmond Terakopian. Like so many great shorts films/videos these days, Edmond shot “Muse” with a video dSLR, in this case the Canon 5d. A moody piece about the solitude of London or any big city.


Two other projects–one epitomizing late summer nights as a young adult and the other about skateboarding–after the jump. Hit the ‘continue reading’ link below…

Multimedia from a project called We Are Sleeping Giants, by Brooks Reynolds. Reminds me of warm summer nights in high school and college.

And from skateboard photographer, Ryan Allan, this short-but-dreamy-vid likely conjures up warm fuzzy feelings in any photographer, regardless of genre, of a shoot gone well.

Thanks again for sending in your projects. Great to see photographers from all walks and all genres out shooting curious and interesting stuff, mixing media without pretense, and sharing it with the world.

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47 Responses to God Save the Queen

  1. Bruno Axhausen February 2, 2009 at 12:56 am #

    Thanks for the inspiring clips, I especially enjoyed the last one, it captures the athmosphere I love to shoot in so perfectly…

    Thanks for sharing!

    PS D90 question: I know you shot the campaign so I guess you can’t really complain about it, but did you have trouble shooting video without autofocus? I saw you shooting video of a biker while skateboarding and wondered how you managed that with manual focus… I read in some reviews that according to their experience, the video function was pretty useless with moving subjects. Is it something you just have to learn / get used to?!

    I think I’ll get the D90 anyway, just interested if I’ll be able to use it for short climbing clips and stuff like that…

  2. Avalos February 2, 2009 at 12:57 am #

    Chase, I love all of the projects. I notice that the new mark 2 is inspiring new personal projects that would have taken longer to complete in a better economy. The next few years will be interesting and full of creativity.

  3. danno February 2, 2009 at 1:08 am #

    @Avalos :
    that may be the case. though the skating video & the 'we are sleeping giants' weren't done with the 5d mkII.

    didn't know if that's what you were implying or not, but thought i'd say that :)

    @chase :
    thanks for posting these, both are great and have been available for a short time, glad you are recognizing them both. that skate video looks like it is a mix of styles, of nooma videos ( nooma.com ) & the spike jonze video that was done for lakai.

    all it needs is a little album leaf, m83, mogwai , or explosions in the sky for a sound track. heck any behind the scenes video could benefit from songs from those bands plus 50 others :D


  4. Anonymous February 2, 2009 at 2:49 am #

    great man!

  5. insk February 2, 2009 at 5:14 am #

    yeah, i love the project “we are sleeping giants”. really cool photographs! thanks for sharing

  6. Ghislain February 2, 2009 at 5:43 am #

    Amazing work, I really can,t wait to control the light as good as in Sleeping Giants.

    The work is superb! Wonderful actually and wow, lots of emotions in each pictures! Great work of art.

  7. Jon February 2, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    We are sleeping giants really epitomizes what personal work is all about… maybe even what photography is all about. I love that it’s a common theme, it’s carried out well, there’s a ton of variety, its highly appealing on so many levels… just a fantastic work of art.

    Ties right in with what you said in one of your speeches (photoshelter?)… we have to take time to do personal work that speaks to us. If I don’t shoot what I love in my spare time, I’ll never shoot what I love in my paid projects.

  8. Tanya Plonka February 2, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    I saw We Are Sleeping Giants a while ago and completely forgot about it, so thank you for sharing it! It’s inspiring every time.

    I feel like digging out my video camera now!

  9. Anonymous February 2, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Edmond’s piece is beautiful and simple. Thanks for sharing!

  10. JRS February 2, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    I cant get the music from We Are Sleeping Giants out of my head. Its a good reminder of how combining just the right media together can be transformational and elevate both to levels they would not reach on there own.

    Thanks for sharing this Chase.

  11. Ryan Marr February 2, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    Chase, there is another video project made by Canadians with a still camera. But it was made with a 30d shooting at 5fps and with the actors acting in slow motion. check it out.

    Took about 15 000 frames to make.


  12. Ryan Marr February 2, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    and it was made in 2006, way ahead of the curve.

  13. Shelby White February 2, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    I really like the music on We Are Sleeping Giants.

    The stop motion video reminded me of this one, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-5cJse8_Zk by Patryk Rebisz.

  14. throughHislens February 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    thanks for sharing!

    A friend of mine linked me to We Are Sleeping Giants a few weeks ago; pretty amazing!

    Jeremy Cowart just shot a music video using the 5d… really excited to see the results from that :)

  15. Anonymous March 7, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    Great videos. I was pretty confused though when I accidentally went to


    instead of

    http://www.ryanallan.com !!!

    A bit ironic how Ryan Allen is proof of the changing “industry” of the painter as well.

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