The last of our Italy Within The Frame team is now leaving in their different directions home and I’ve got a day off before beginning 4 full days of shooting my personal project here. Our last evening began with my friend Marco Ryan and I in a gondola with tripods and cameras and gelled speedlights (and you thought I had no idea how to use these things! 🙂 . Amazing neither of us landed in the canals and the gondolier we hired was really patient with us pointing our lenses at him for 90 minutes. And then we had a last meal as a team, more wine, more pasta, more laughs, and somehow we ended up in Piazza San Marco with masks (how did I get the pink one with glitter on it?) and more speedlights and laughter.
My new friends Eli Reinholdsten and Jeff Fielding.You’ll be hearing from me about Eli again soon, and Jeff and I became fast friends. He’s also gunning for a job as Chase Jarvis’ body double. Dude looks so much like Chase it was kind of weird.
I’m missing the team already. Jeffery Chapman and I have a couple last meals together and then he and his lovely wife are off to Milan and I’m staying here to chase my muse through the early morning and late evening streets to work an idea of mine into fruition. This is a personal project and I’m both excited and nervous. I’ve never chased a theme like this before, and with every new endeavour there’s the chance of failure. But art, like life, is about risk and digging deeper than is comfortable. So, with an umbrella, Pete Murray’s Summer At Eureka on my ipod, and a camera in hand, here we go.
I’ll be quiet for a couple days while I focus on things, but I’m bound to check in once in a while. Be good while I’m gone. Gotta go, the boat’s waiting…