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myExperiments

Image making using various analog and digital techniques that sometimes blurs design, art, and photography.

We Are the Selfish Ones

Type and Photo Experiment

8 x 12 inches

2017

Playing with perspective type overlaid on a close crop of a painterly looking photo of hands. I’m interested in the contrasting of type and how the dual messages play off each other. The message is abstract, poetic, and captures an existential viewpoint.

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Kunitachi

Photography + Digital Processing

8 x 12 inches

2014

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Tokyo

Photography and Digital Processing

16 x 8 inches

2014

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Totoyo

Digital Collage + Lettering

6 x 4 inches

2014

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Normal

Hand Lettering + Digital Coloring

12 x 6 inches

2015

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Depeche Mode Reimagined Tour Poster

Illustration

32 x 18 inches

2017

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Kyoto Night

Photography + Digital Processing

18 x 24 inches

2014

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Movement

Photography and Digital Processing

10 x 8 inches

2014

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Leaves

Photography + Digital Processing

10 x 10 inches

2012

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Leaves 2

Photography + Digital Processing

8 x 10 inches

2012

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Words

3D Collage

8 x 10 inches

2009

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Concrete Dreams

Photography + Digital Processing

8 x 20 inches

2002

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New Kyoto Music

Photography and Digital Processing

20 x 8 inches

2002

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A Day

Photography & Digital Processing

8 x 10 inches

2015

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Mat at Shinjuku Gyoen

Photography & Digital Processing

8 x 14 inches

2013

Image based on a photo of my buddy Mat when we visited Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo. I used various digital processing and painting techniques to create this style.

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Tokyo Subway

Photography & Digital Painting

8 x 12 inches

2013

This is a based on a photo I took in Tokyo, Japan in 2001 of a subway train. I imported the photo into various painting apps and used various techniques to create this particular style.

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Sandbag Lettering

Creating Letters from Found Objects

2017

My friend Louis and I set out to Ocean Beach in San Francisco with the goal of creating a lettering system from something we found on the beach. Initially I was thinking of washed-up debris that I had used in the past to make assemblages. This usually consisted of various petrified wood or other deteriorated manmade objects.

As we scouted the beach and came to the spot where debris was usually found the beach was unusually clean and debris free. Louis pointed to a pile of sandbags and I agreed that we should do something with those. The one constraint we had was to time-box the activity to two hours. It was late afternoon and the sun was setting so we got to work immediately.

Luckily as we formed the first letter “A” we noticed it happened to be right below a seawall on top of which was a pathway for runners, bicyclist, and sun gazers. It was built about 12 feet above and was ideal for photographing each letter. So we somewhat clumsily and painstakingly formed each letter and proceeded to photograph them one at a time.

As a design exercise what was immediately interesting was perspective. On the ground close to the sandbags the letter forms had detail and appeared orderly. When photographing them from 12 feet above I could see that they often needed minor adjustments, which I relayed to Louis. This reminded me of sitemaps and wireframes—two different views of a website or application that designers create to make design decisions.

A couple of other design processes came into play. Louis created a system to form the letters more efficiently. Instead of going in alphabetical order we formed letters that made sense based on the previous ones. This helped us move faster. I kept the order the way we did it in the documented photo seen here. The drawback was that we had to create another system to keep track and we had to double-check when we were finished that we had completed every letter. So with some efficiencies came some inefficiencies.

It was also interesting the way light was continually changing. It took us almost two hours to do all the letters and the sun was setting. Each photo has slightly different lighting. We don’t often consider this ambient factor in design, but there may be some possibilities of this to consider in design applications. For instance, how can the lighting of an interface change depending on the amount of time using it? How does the time of day alter it? Of course, there are apps that take this into consideration such as GPS apps that change interface color depending if it’s day or night. Or how most reading apps allow the user to change backgrounds and text color.

One last observation regarding this exercise was the physicality of it. Moving sandbags around for each letter and then climbing to the top of the retaining wall to take photos was a design workout.

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Alone At The

Digital Photography & Collage

8 x 12 inches

2013

Experimenting with digital photography, various textures, and collage. There is a loneliness or feeling of solitude amongst an atmosphere of kinetic debris as if it is all generated by the figure’s thoughts or emotions as he walks.

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Love Me

Digital Illustration

10 x 8 inches

2013

Digital Illustration using various techniques including photography and collage.

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Black Lotus

Digital Photography & Collage

8 x 12 inches

2013

An exploration using photography and digital collage.

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At the Station

Photography and Collage

6 x 14 inches

2002

This image is based on a photo I took of a train station platform during my first trip to Japan in 2001. That trip was hypnotic because I felt culture shock. I manipulated this photo to capture the internal feelings I experienced. My art and image making often seems to be this this two way projecting of internal and external feelings and experiences.

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Bowing

Digital Collage

8 x 12 inches

2004

In my early travels to Japan back in 2001 and 2002 I was very interested in the basic custom rituals. Bowing always impressed me a the most humble of gestures we could give another human being.

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