When I first got here I found an old TV on the sidewalk. The kind where you have to get up and turn a knob to change the channel. I managed to rig cable from my neighbors upstairs, but the TV was so old, the only two stations I was able to get were the Food Network and the IFC channel.
As a result I accidentally became a photographer because I discovered a love for cinematic imagery and music, and thought I had a pretty good eye. Eventually I went to school for documentary photography, all the while working in the service industry starting off cooking and eventually bartending.
Somewhere recently I realized that I'm more interested in learning to make films than photos, so now I'm starting back down that road. I also remembered that I've always loved martial arts so I'm back at that too.
So I work a few nights a week at a pretty classic NY late night restaurant. I'm learning some Kung Fu a few nights a week as well, because I've always loved it (but forgot for awhile).
I'm changing from photography to film so I'm editing together a few big photo projects as books and publishing them. But I'm also making room to learn cinema.
And then there's this droney space rock project I've been juggling as well... I get to it when I can.
Basically I want to do it all.
Yes I said friend.
(Kidding... I have two.)
Solaris, Illusions, Anastasia, Richard Dolan, books on water by Masaru Emoto, Geek Love, A Beginners Guide To Constructing The Universe, Enders Game, Solzhenitsyn, Salinger, Sex At Dawn, The Futurological Congress, Eckhart Tolle, The Tao of Health Sex and Longevity
Blade Runner, Eternal Sunshine, THEY LIVE and most things Carpenter, Lebowski and Fargo, My Dinner With Andre, Rocky, Grey Gardens, Repo Man, Tarantino flicks, Chinatown, Kurosawa, Tarkovsky, The Cable Guy, Zoolander, Before Sunrise, Hitchcock, Secretary, Wong Kar Wai, Herzog, La Jetée, Safe Men, Dr Strangelove, Cool Hand Luke, Alien/Aliens I'm a bit of a sci-fi nerd.
Louie, Arrested Development, Kids In The Hall, Twin Peaks, Battlestar, Cosmos, Archer, The Ben Stiller Show, Mr Show, Monty Python, The Office (preferably British)... recently, Stranger Things is pretty much the perfect show.
I've got a soft spot for oldies and Do-Wop and I always will. The Flamingos Cash, Patsy Cline, Nat King Cole (especially the stuff he sings in Spanish), Love Big band music. I grew up listening to classical and opera. Most Debussy and La Traviata are up on my list. I like the experimental stuff on the radio in the middle of the day lately.
But really.. I love ROCK.
Queens of the Stone Age, Tame Impala, The Black Angels, Medicine, Failure, Electrogroup, CAN, Shiner, My Bloody Valentine, Vaz, Autolux, The Breeders, Oxes, Elliott Smith, Bowie, Deftones, Television, Nirvana, Hendrix, Helmet, Faith No More, El-P, The Melvins, Chuck Berry, Augustines, Zeppelin, King Crimson, Sabbath, Sleep, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Pharaoh Overlörd, Om, The Life And Times.
A stringed instrument
A good book somewhere
A camera of some sort