music video to help support "Stand up for cancer"

A new music video to help support “Stand up to cancer”

I’m working on a new music video to help support “Stand up to cancer“.

The song named “Jenny make ‘em clap” is a fun love letter to Venice, California and free spirits everywhere, and is a part of the “If we live project”.

We have only one more shooting day to complete the remaining shots and then finish editing, I’m very exited.

All of the participants in this project volunteer their time and talent with the hope of helping others.

Until the video’s release, here’s a behind the scenes video, Shot by Mungai Nguku

Credits:
Lyrics: Jenny Moller
Vocals: Jenny Moller
Bass: Karl Leiker
Percussion: Al Keith; James Alibe;
Production, Guitar, bgd vocals and keys: Kevin T. Williams

Buy “Jenny make ‘em clap”, the full album or any song on it on iTunes, and help “Stand up to cancer” by clicking Here.

Read my earlier post about the “if we live” project here

All proceeds go to “stand up to cancer.
Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

A wonderful lecture about creativity by John Cleese

Creativity and creative thinking is a subject I’m always exploring.

I was happy to hear Cleese mentioning Edward de Bono in this video, I began to find interest in his writings when I was still a photographer’s assistant in training.

I didn’t count them, but I think this presentation has the most versions of “How many _______ it takes to screw a light bulb” told in a single event, Enjoy…

My latest instagram entries

How I learned to stop worrying and love Instagram

These are the latest 30 images on my Instagram stream, If you like them, you’re invited to follow me

I like Instagram. I think it sends me back to the days I was listening to records, holding these colorful album covers and admiring the artwork, these covers allured me into the field of commercial photography. As much, it reminds me using Hasselblad cameras, that square window to the world that looking through it, made everything look beautiful.

Today, I don’t really need the camera to have a square frame, I crop to measure and it’s all good, I still use 1:1 frames when I see fit, but since the music business changed a lot, the commercial use of a square frame became more rare, until Instagram came and gave it a renewed breath of life.

Growing up into being a professional photographer, I trained myself to capture interesting frames, I could see them all around me, and went through many (many!) rolls of film, until I developed the “eye” for a good composition, slowly assembling a worthy portfolio, I wish I had Instagram back then…

Not many professionals are as “obsessed” about their work, enough to practice it in their free time, I can’t think of an accountant making calculations for fun, or a farmer plowing a field just because he likes it.
When you’re a photographer, that’s a different deal, at least for me, I just can’t help it, I need to be ready to click at all times.

I used to carry a compact camera with me wherever I went, when I found anything frame worthy, I’d snap it.

When Nokia came out with their Lumia 920, the platform was ripe enough for me to try, they also promised an excellent camera, promised and delivered.

Soon enough many photography apps became available, allowing some serious ways to manipulate images, many Instagram like apps too, but not THE Instagram, the one many people were on. I started worrying, I got the Lumia 920 for its camera, and I wanted to share it and Instagram wasn’t in site, until a month ago (*Nov. 2013). As soon as it was available I installed it, and it became my new composition playground.

Instagram is extremely limited, almost like a pinhole camera, but that’s why I like it.
I do miss some more options in the app, so I can make some mild adjustments, but, I like it anyhow, I shoot, I post, all done.

Instagram selfie in an elevator

 

I shot Tommy Mars in studio playing the Hammond

Tommy Mars in studio playing a Hammond organ
As a part of the If We Live project, I joined Kevin T. Williams when he recorded Tommy Mars. There are many famous musicians I met but Tommy Mars is one of my favorites, I’ve spent many hours listening to him on Frank Zappa’s albums, but being in the same room with him while he was playing a Hammond was a very unique experience.

All proceeds go to “stand up to cancer.
Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

A nesting sparrow in an abandoned truck

sparrow nesting

Hiking in the Malibu area, a nesting sparrow was pointed to me by one of the group, it was in an abandoned truck’s frame and was very hard to spot.
This sparrow built its nest in a very narrow part of the frame, right above the wind shield, I couldn’t capture this image using my SLR because it wouldn’t fit in the crack, my smart phone on the other hand went right through.

A blog and fine art prints store by photographer Gilad Koriski

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