Austin

Dream 3 (in the midst of my life) Music Video

I had the amazing pleasure of watching Max Richter perform his 8-hour Sleep composition at SXSW in 2018. One song in particular, “Dream 3 (in the midst of my life)”, stuck with me so much so that I wanted to make an unsolicited music video for it. The album is meant to be listened to while sleeping and the song, which is 10-minutes long, is a classical music meditation to be slept through more than something in need of a music video.

Undeterred and equipped with my incredible friend, dancer, and choreographer, Alexa Capareda, she was able to express an enormous range of emotion interpreting Dream 3.

In the video below, Alexa dances around a crowded overlook with the skyline of Austin blurred in the background. The video was always meant to be a dream sequence atop Doug Sahm Hill overlooking Ladybird Lake and the Long Center originally meant to symbolize the clarity and fuzziness around the edges of our dreams. However, while filming we realized that Alexa would begin her dancing atop a giant Texas carved into the ground.

Though the Texas map was a surprise, the imagery is ripe with symbolism in today’s Texas and the United States: the imagery of Alexa passing along the Texas borders, the blurred and unreachable skyline of affluent Austin, the promise of opportunity, coupled with the vulnerability of the immigrant/asylum seeker, the role of bystanders to suffering, and our responsibility to bear witness for what is being done in our name in today's United States of America.

I want to again express an enormous “thank you” to Alexa Capareda for lending her immense, immense talents to this project. She’s incredible and her dancing is truly a gift!

…And, thank you for watching!

Austin Bold Photography - First half of the 2019

Game time at the Circuit of the Americas

Game time at the Circuit of the Americas

This has been a truly exciting spring (thus the lack of posts)! My photography has gone from a weekly exercise to often multiple times a week. And, as a result, my wife has gotten more-and-more frustrated by the number of nights that I spend away from the house :).

Marital problems aside (we’re fine, I think) it’s simultaneously super exciting, anxiety-inducing, and overwhelming balancing everything on top of everything else.

One of my favorite gigs has been partnering with the great folks at the Austin Bold, Austin’s first professional soccer team. The team competes in the USL Championship league. Though it’s technically “under” the MLS in the US professional soccer hierarchy, the soccer being played is ridiculously good. These dudes are no joke and they come from all around the world to play in this wild, fast, super technical league. I am in no way hawking The Bold just because I’ve been working with them, they’re friggin’ fun and the games are a blast.

In no particular order I’m posting some of my favorite images from this first half of the season. I also want to give a huge shout out to the team and players for being so kind to and generous with me, an unknown photographer dude that just started taking pictures and then kept taking pictures :). Here’s to an amazing second half of the year!

Isaac Promise is friggin’ fast!

Isaac Promise is friggin’ fast!

Isaac and Sean McFarlane Jr. rocking per usual

Isaac and Sean McFarlane Jr. rocking per usual

Xavi Baez’s hair is always perfect and the dude is smooth as silk in midfield

Xavi Baez’s hair is always perfect and the dude is smooth as silk in midfield

The stadium is beautiful with awesome views of the farm land around it. Andm there’s tons of space for fans to chill and eat delicious fried food.

The stadium is beautiful with awesome views of the farm land around it. Andm there’s tons of space for fans to chill and eat delicious fried food.

…and there’s tons of space for fans to scream and wave noisemakers

…and there’s tons of space for fans to scream and wave noisemakers

Marcelo with that 10 star smile

Marcelo with that 10 star smile

Jorge Troncoso putting in a shift

Jorge Troncoso putting in a shift

Rainy night at the Circuit of the Americas

Rainy night at the Circuit of the Americas

Sean McFarlane Jr. getting a quick rest

Sean McFarlane Jr. getting a quick rest

Sean turning, and sprinting, and winning

Sean turning, and sprinting, and winning

André Lima lifting and Josué Soto getting lifted

André Lima lifting and Josué Soto getting lifted

Francis Atuahene with an insanely awesome strike into the top corner

Francis Atuahene with an insanely awesome strike into the top corner

Francis at your service

Francis at your service

Sonny Guadarrama with a million dollar smile

Sonny Guadarrama with a million dollar smile

Ryan Thompson and his awesome family!

Ryan Thompson and his awesome family!

Sean staying hydrated

Sean staying hydrated

Josué pre-match

Josué pre-match

The awesome Diego Restrepo basking in the sunset

The awesome Diego Restrepo basking in the sunset

This little girl was a rockstar!

This little girl was a rockstar!

André with another interesting celebration

André with another interesting celebration

<3

<3

Xavi, Isaac, and André post goal

Xavi, Isaac, and André post goal

Another gorgeous night at COTA

Another gorgeous night at COTA

All for one, one for all

All for one, one for all