I’ve spent most of 2015 producing videos that build upon my photographic style while incorporating original music, graphic design and animation. Having my business name “David Miller Photoworks” isn’t relevant at this stage, and “David Miller” is a name so common I have had multiple times where I’m mixed up with another photographer. This brings us to Primordial Creative- a multimedia production studio focusing on video shorts, sound design, animations, and still photography with a surreal pop flavor.
In 2016, PC aims to open a physical studio space and bring on other local creatives. It’s been a lengthy transition from basic still photography of an indie artist to this monstrosity of production so I hope anyone following my work enjoys what’s next!
In the course of making some online tutorials about image transfer, I used shots from Mexico City that I wouldn’t exactly put alongside my creative portrait work; in this case, an iPhone shot of a statue. This was printed on heat transfer paper and transferred onto a travertine stone tile. What’s fun about using these non-portfolio images in a creative way is that it gives me some neat wall art for my house that reminds us of our adventures, truly unique vacation memorabilia. I have a video tutorial of this and other transfer techniques up on Skillshare– the great creative learning site that taught me typography, poster design, and how to use After Effects and Illustrator among many things.
While traveling in Mexico City I was struck by how many people were making out in public, particularly in a few extremely public areas where I would look in each direction and see a couple having a moment. Mexico City is a place where no one but the odd tourist (aka myself) has a camera so I stood around for a while, waged war with my inner demons as to whether it was okay to take photos or not, and went ahead and did it; here’s a couple of couples.
As a minimalist, I look for environments that are clean and open without chaotic elements. It doesn’t get any more open and less chaotic than the Great Salt Lake outside Salt Lake City. It’s one of those areas, like White Sands in New Mexico, where people frequently say how it feels like being on another planet. When leaving Salt Lake City, there is a pull off from I-80 with paid parking, and about 2 minutes further down a dirt road is a large tagged up rock with free parking and not much in the way of interference from other lookie-loos except for sunset time. A beautifully empty, if smelly, place.
I installed a photo show in Chicago on July 3rd but found it difficult to return to Phoenix on the holiday weekend using my wife’s nifty airline standby trick, so my son and I ended up spending a single day of adventure in Alaska. If you plan on driving you basically have one stretch of highway that runs north of Anchorage to Denali National Park, and one stretch that runs south to Seward. We took the Seward route, and came to one of the most magical locations I’ve ever been – Exit Glacier.
We were pretty beat up by the redeye flight, but the air was so clean that one doesn’t get the sweaty, scummy feel one gets by having to maneuver around subways and skyscrapers. Patrick especially had a great impression of Alaska, maybe because he got toys in Anchorage. If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it! For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.
This is one of the instax minis I’ve shot recently that I did pretty straight and was pleased with- no in-camera special effects. It’s a mesh of textures, from skin to kimono to metal, that I particularly liked. Original instax for sale on my etsy.