This is my first ‘Sights & Sounds’ video. The aim of the video was to create a short video diary of some of the experiences I had during my trip to Japan using only the sights and sounds my camera recorded.
Most of the shots are from an old Cybershot (point-and-shoot), with a few shots coming from an iPhone 3GS.
I was inspired by the start of Andrea Allen’s Summer & FallZeits all in one, which mixes the sounds of one event with images of another to create a very surreal atmosphere.
Traveling back in time a bit: I was in Japan in late 2009, early 2010, and realised just recently that I’d never had a good look at the photos from the trip. Looking back now at the photos it was nice to re-experience aspects of the trip. Although I really wish I’d had a decent video camera with me. It would have been nice to capture some things in HD… Although, sometimes I can get too wrapped up in capturing the moment to actually experience it for myself… So maybe it was a good thing I only had a point-and-shoot on this trip. I think it encouraged me to mainly take photos and only occasionally record a low-res video.
I’ve been to NYC before, and this trip saw me in the city on only two occasions. Every time I’m there I’m held in awe by its magnificence. Sure, there are the towering buildings that line the streets and the crazy amount of traffic, but then there are the people. I’m not talking about the average New Yorker (if there is such a thing), I‘m talking about the characters that you just can’t take your eyes off. It might be a homeless person, a hot food vendor or someone who’s thoroughly misplaced their marbles. I guess wherever there’s a high concentration of people, you’re bound to come across some intriguing characters.
While in the States, this time around, I spent most of my time in Ridgefield, Connecticut – which is about an hour’s drive north east of New York. The primary reason for the trip was to spend time with my American family who I rarely get to see, so it was great being able to spend a decent amount of time with them.