Hey guys if you are in the Birmingham, AL area this Saturday try and make an appearance at this event even if you are not going to race. Its going to be a fun evening with some cycling, live music and some great local brewed beer!
Trying to find inspiration can be hard at times, currently Im sitting in a cafe/coffee shop in Birmingham, AL called Urban Standard as I have done many times while back in the area in between gigs. Im surrounded by all types of people, some I know or recognize but most I dont.
There are business types, artists, college students and just the eclectic mix that is Birmingham, all are here for coffee, lunch, conversation and well who knows what else. In this melting pot of Southern atmosphere and randomness I spend time reading blogs, listening to random music, watching videos and generally trying to find inspiration to work on my own work instead of just pass the hours. Yesterday I was here for a few hours working on the Redemptive Cycles piece I posted earlier trying to mix the audio and find the right song by a friend of mine Ian Eubanks aka Poison Kitchen and the entire time just people watching.
All in all being in here almost pushes me to focus on my work but also be distracted by the art of life around me. I constantly overhear conversations about other artists, photographers and people going about their business and it amazes me to think how big our world is and how much goes on in it at every given moment. These times remind me that no matter how stuck I feel or how un-inspired I am that life still goes on and I just have to look somewhere else.
Now if only I could find a way to bottle all of that and sell it to other creatives out there…
Well the first version of the video is posted on Vimeo and ready for viewing. A longer more in depth version will be coming later after we get a chance to shoot some more footage and do another ride or two.
Thanks for checking it out and feel free to leave any comments, thoughts and Ill even take snyde remarks.
So lately I have been helping out with a local non-profit group called Redemptive Cycles here in Birmingham and its been a blast. They are a group of locals who promote bike riding and bike education by helping anyone get a bicycle. Through three different programs anyone can earn or purchase a bike to use for transportation and recreation.
You can come by and buy a bike at a reasonable used price, build one from donated parts or volunteer your time and earn a bicycle thats been rebuilt by the non profit crew.
I am in the process of making them a short video that sums up what they do, who they are and what their goals are but for now you can check out their website http://www.redemptivecycles.com/ and check out their program and how you can get involved. Also take a look at this video from our last group ride that we did back on Saturday Jan. 26th, 2013.
so I’ve been back in Birmingham, AL for a few days this month working on a new reality show that premieres next month on Investigation Discovery and in the downtime I have gone out and shot some photos. I figured that I would just post some up here to share. If you like them be sure to check out my Flickr page.