With summer in full swing, I have found myself photographing later in the day after my shifts at Faherty or after long days catching up with old friends. But with these later photo sessions I have found that these evenings have truly turned into something special for me. The colors have absolutely been incredible.. Sometimes even watercolor like. To me, these shots below capture the essence of my time at home and I will truly miss these beautiful evenings when I travel back to the southern skies of Georgia.
Black & White Film
During my time completing my studio art minor at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, I absolutely fell in love with shooting in film. Here you can find a collection of my shots taken on my Canon AE-1.
"Brother" cover by Justin Tucker
PKG 3 - Kilig Recordings
Matt Martin discusses his at home recording studio, Kilig Recordings, in Athens, Georgia.
Created for JOUR 5091 - Multiplatform Projects
A Year In Review: 2016
2016 was a year of many highs and lows and I needed to express these emotions through what I know best, with a camera.
PKG1 for Intro to Video Production
Ally Smith discusses her career in the fashion culture in Athens, GA.
Created for Ekkos Apparel.
PKG2 - JOUR 3280 - Intro to Video Production
Laurie Loftin talks about the 'Fire Up The Hydrants' campaign in downtown Athens.
A video collection of my Maymester abroad with Grady College.
While abroad, I took a travel journalism course.
Maudie: An Unlikely Love Story
“Maudie” made its debut at Ciné this week and at first glance the film seems to be a feel good story about an outsider. However, the depth of Maud Lewis’ (Sally Hawkins) life is more complex than what is expected by the viewer.
With Aisling Walsh directing and a script by Sherry White, the film begins with Maud Lewis struggling to become independent from her overbearing family. Her Aunt Ida (Gabrielle Rose) and brother Charles (Zachary Bennett) arrogantly and continually presume her arthritic affliction should be dealt with contempt. One immediately knows why they do so when you see Maud slowly limp her way down the road to get to the local grocery store. Clearly their arrogance is clouding their ability to see the fire that burns inside of her.
With Maud determined to prove her family wrong, she takes an opportunity when a local erratic fisherman (Ethan Hawke) walks into the grocery store to post an advertisement for a housekeeper. Without hesitation, Maud grabs the ad. But little did she know, she was not just applying for a job, she was grabbing her future and a marriage with the fisherman, Everett Lewis.
Unimpressed with Maud’s slow and quirky demeanor, Everett is hesitant to hire her when she shows up on his doorstep. But eventually, this unlikely pair slowly develop a strong relationship on the outer part of town.
Through Maud’s paintings of florals and birds with her arthritic hands, she and Everett’s lives surface from the darkness of their own previous existences. The two are an unforeseeable pair but between Hawkins’ and Hawke’s performances the movie excels despite its slow-paced timeline.
Hawkins’ beautiful portrayal of the eccentric Maud Lewis, makes the film seem as if you are watching the real Maud Lewis on screen. She truly becomes Maud and dives into her character with some very raw moments. From her subtle movements with her cripple hands and crooked walk, to her emotional moments with her family and Everett, Hawkins has you leaving the theater in awe.
Hawke was consistent in Everett’s rough nature and subtle growth in character, but his performance was occasionally overdone. His constant grunts and awkward silences at times unconvinced. However, his ability to portray Everett’s untraditional love towards Maud by never really expressing his feelings was especially good.
“Maudie” could have easily gone without score throughout the film. The cinematography was so magically done that emotions were easily exchanged to the viewers simply through the unique framing. The score seemed to always come in at odd and random times as if the emotions of the film were being forced upon you, with an unnecessary vocal song in the middle of the film. Towards the end of the film, the most successful scene was done with no sound at all. One could hear the quiescent hum of the theatre as your emotions settled in.
The depictions by Hawkins and Hawke and the cinematography by award-winning Guy Godfree, truly is what keeps your attention throughout the long and carried out storyline. Godfree’s ability to treat the cameras as magnifying glasses into Maud and Everett’s lives allowed you to easily see the growing unexpected love between the pair. The cameras also successfully contributed to the color scheme of the film. By using the creative framing to create a light and airy atmosphere, the film was able to mimic Maud’s growing independence with the colors. With every brush stroke of blues, reds and yellows, the increasing vibrance of Maud’s independence and love for Everett jumped out of the screen.
The historical timing is never directly given to the audience in a traditional manner, which adds confusion to those who are not familiar with Maud Lewis’ life. However, the character’s clothing helps you grasp a general idea of a timeline for the film. Maud’s simple wool coats and tasteful clothing consistently matched her humble and soft personality. While Everett, an eccentric and closed off man, was shown with dirty and torn clothes. But as he falls for Maud and their relationship grows, the more his clothing mimic that of Maud.
“Maudie” gives you an up-close and personal glimpse of the Lewis’ lives, with some brutal truths and joyous paintings. Like many biographies, you are given raw moments with the main character as well as moments where the script does not shy away from uncomfortable glimpses of the couple’s story. Despite the overdone score and a script that could have shaved off at least 20 minutes, Aisling Walsh directed a decent film that is worth seeing for its beautiful cinematography and portrayals from Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.
Maud Lewis was not given much in her life, but she gave such treasures to the world through her paintings.