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jenniwelsh:

01/10/14
A photo metaphor: Sometimes you spend so much energy gazing at the horizon line that everything else becomes a blur. Incident leads to a shift in focus and in turn the foreground becomes the most vivid part of your perspective. What lay ahead will be, will be, will always be. And what you need to be truly happy has been infront of you the entire time.

I forgot to remember.

jenniwelsh:

01/10/14
A photo metaphor: Sometimes you spend so much energy gazing at the horizon line that everything else becomes a blur. Incident leads to a shift in focus and in turn the foreground becomes the most vivid part of your perspective. What lay ahead will be, will be, will always be. And what you need to be truly happy has been infront of you the entire time.

I forgot to remember.

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jenniwelsh:

Underneath the feet of others, is not a comfortable place from which to view the world, but sometimes it is completely necessary to gain that added perspective; it offers you a more well rounded view of the world around you and reignites your compassion.

As intellectuals, we have the ability…

Good advice, self.

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I digress

When I was fifteen years old, I was producing videos and public service announcements that focused on topics such as ‘crystal meth epidemics in rural communities’, ‘homelessness’, and ‘human rights violations’.

I was barely even conscious at this point in time, but yet, I had a stronger sense of self, and a stronger sense of purpose than I do now, almost twice the age. 

While I have certainly digressed from the initial path I set off on in the world of video production and digital story telling, I am happy to have made it through the last 13 years with the same amount of integrity and humility. 

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Over past few years, my work has been heavily focused on the production of ‘Live off the floor’ music videos, which is a very raw form of capturing music, and in this environment I always feel that I am in my natural habitat.

"Keep it grimy"

I have come to realize that documenting the process of creation is also one of my favourite ways to express myself through the art of video production. I really feel engaged in the energy that surrounds me in a way that makes me feel connected to the images in my viewfinder. 

With that being said, every so often I get the opportunity to spend a few days in the recording studio , like a fly on the wall, capturing the process of recording as I see it with my own eyes, and recently that time was spent with Cape Breton’s newest Celtic cessation, “Coig”

The people that make up this band, are not only some of the most talented Cape Breton based artists in their genre, but they are also delightful people to share common creative space with. 

Needless to say, I am very proud of how this piece came together, and it was simply a pleasure to spend some time at Lakewind Sound Studios, where the album was produced. 

Check out their website here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZDOB2x4NzM

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office ambience.

office ambience.

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Just wrapped up the editing of ‘Lament for the Land’, a documentary which focuses on climate change in Nunatsiavut and the impacts It has on mental and emotional Heath of the Labrador Inuit.
This experience has been life changing for me and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

Just wrapped up the editing of ‘Lament for the Land’, a documentary which focuses on climate change in Nunatsiavut and the impacts It has on mental and emotional Heath of the Labrador Inuit.
This experience has been life changing for me and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

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This is a little one minute video that I put together for my dear friend Breagh as support material for a grant that she is applying for. It was somewhat of a last minute production, but I am very happy with the way that it turned out!

I love working with artists and helping them develop their web content. Being of aid to people is honestly the most rewarding part of my work.

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it’s nice to see this face in my viewfinder again.

it’s nice to see this face in my viewfinder again.

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a spoken word video series in the works.

a spoken word video series in the works.

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The F-stop Blues

They say that if you sit in the dark for long enough, that your eyes will eventually adjust to the lighting and will begin to expose the images around you in their true form. 

The more you expose yourself to the dark, the stronger your vision becomes in that circumstance.

I wonder if this is true of the darkness that is felt when partnered with pain?

Do our hearts and minds become more capable of adjusting to living with pain when we expose ourselves to it for long periods of time? 

Are we able still, to adjust to the weight we carry around in our chests and experience the enlightenment that comes with feeling free of this pain?

Like the aperture of our eyes, do our bodies learn to adapt to the circumstance of the human condition and allow our hearts to reflect this in an honest light?

And on the contrary, if we do adjust to circumstance, a change in exposure, so to speak, do we then weaken our abilities to see clearly while absorbed in the warmth of the sunlight?

In the same way that we cling to a flashlight in the dark, does our instinct become to shade out eyes from the light in order to retain our now clear vision in the dark?

Do we subconsciously keep our hearts tangled and heavy in order to avoid having to adjust to the weightlessness that comes with feeling free of pain, at ease, content?

Do we hold on to our pain as an attempt to remain in a consistent state of emotion rather than feel the motions of healing?

And furthermore, is there the possibility of becoming adaptable to all measures of light, to all variances of emotion? 

Is there a balance between contrast of the cold chill of the midnight sky and the heat of the rising sun? 

Is there a twilight of emotion that passes with the blue skies as the clouds make way for the night?

Can we capture this, and stay perfectly exposed, or are our emotions simply variables that determine our exposure in life.

Autofocus, where art thou?

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Pioneer Video - A Three Song Demo and Bio.

This is a video that I put together a few weeks ago for Pioneer Video during a live recording session with my pal Matty. He and I have worked on numerous projects together, most of which are centred around Caper Radio. We have both found that our work has really melded together quite nicely over the last year, and this project was a new endeavour for us both. 

Pioneer video has been exploring grant opportunities to assist in the recording of much anticipated full length album, and this project was aimed to assist in that by strengthening their online presence in regards to ‘content’ and also to allow people to get to know the band and their music on a more personal level.

Our friends Keith, Kyle and Andrew make up the band, and they are such amazing people to share a creative space with. We had a blast, and look forward to working with them all again soon.

Check out their facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/pioneervideo

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGAjOmEiGNw

The winter has outstayed it’s welcome. But then again, haven’t we all?

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Nothing ever really leaves.

Even long after you have moved on, the impacts are still there, instilled into the fibres of you. It’s like a home that was built with strong hands, that slowly weakens, and over time falls apart. Each door swinging open and closed, open and closed again, the turn of the handle, the flick of the switch, the footsteps lightly sweeping down the hallways and out the front porch. The creeks in the floor boards from steady movements passing through hallways from room to room. Every movement creates impact and change.
Our bodies lying still at night, pressing their empty weight upon the cotton sheets, limbs sinking into the mattress, down through the box spring, to where the bed frame meets the floorboards beneath. Pressure exists in the stillest of places and simply existing comes with a great weight.

Nothing ever really leaves. 

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seep low

Underneath the feet of others, is not a comfortable place from which to view the world, but sometimes it is completely necessary to gain that added perspective; it offers you a more well rounded view of the world around you and reignites your compassion. 

As intellectuals, we have the ability to choose one channel of thought over the other, and that is a virtue that we should not take for granted. It is our responsibility to nurture our own perspective, because ultimately your attitude determines your altitude in life.