Friday, February 03, 2006

theory : practice

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music: kane brothers (used with permission)

30comments:

Blogger Anthony said...

I caught this video for the first time over on momentshowing. I thought this was a beautiful post. The creativity, the message, the sincerity. Thank you for sharing it. Thank you for reminding me that my vlog is mine and that what others say about it isn't as important as what it means as my personal expression, story, voice and journey.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good use of naptime. I was moved, and moved that my vlogger child very much wanted me to see this.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Verdi said...

Fantastic. Good points. Cute baby.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous adam said...

yes very very good and direct.

and yeah, Kane brothers, superb rocktastic tune.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

That was amazing. To be able to express an aesthetic, method and approach in pictures, words and sound, each complimenting and enhancing the other, underlining pictures with text, enhancing visual contrast with music. I stand (okay sit) in equal parts awed and inspired. I cried. Thanks.

6:00 PM  
Blogger A Nuyorican said...

This is one of those posts that touches me to the core. I am new to vlogging and have seen and heard from other vloggers their theory of what a vlog is. From their definition, I am not a vlogger. Today, your post taught me something. Am I doing this for them or for me?

Thank you for the reminder that my vlog is mine. I will continue to post and be heard. You have been an inspiration.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous lesley said...

hard to tell what causes the "oh yes" response i feel.
it is partly the transparency you offer us.
the raw sensibility, the journey shared so openly, the intellect and use of such an organic approach. it feels as if we share your world, with your perspective. more than seeing what you see, but getting to interpret it through you.
We weeped and watched again... thanks!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Steve Garfield said...

I really enjoyed watching this and want to share it with others.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

thanks for this, on multiple levels.

as a fan of Understanding Comics i love when an artist engages in media critique from within the medium in question.

as a videoblogger who's about to cross over into on-camera direct address posts--and who's unsure whether it's because it's a natural evolution or whether I'm just succumbing to peer pressure--I feel validated in my ambivalence.

as a parent i genuflect before your commitment to carving out opportunities for your art (as well as "mookie's")

(myself, my fallback is to employ my boy as my "subject"--some would say "object"; i'd be curious to have that discussion with you some day.)

1:35 AM  
Blogger Adam & Vik said...

very charming and great lessons in thinking with images

many thanks from the UK

Adam

7:54 AM  
Blogger missbhavens said...

THANK YOU, DANIEL!!!!

Thanks for the insight, thanks for writing on a candy wrapper, thanks for letting us all in a little more (whether you intended to or not), and thanks for not letting the sometimes restrictive and frequently ridiculous myriad definitions of "vlogging" get in the way of doing what you do. You do it because it's what you do. It's not what I do, it's not what anyone else does. It's yours!

And you do it really, really well.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Mortaine said...

Awesome post, and not in the "totally tubular" sense of "awesome." It was very thought-provoking, without being overly pretentious.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous bottomunion said...

been meaning to leave a comment on this for a while.
It's definitely one of those rare videos that hit you,
because it's very direct and true, a personal narrative,
something I've been trying to make for a while, though
always fail to follow through with.

I think what is so enjoyable about this, is that you're taking advantage of this precious time as a parent, the kid is asleep, how can I put something together from these two moments? and you arrive at this amazing solution, showing us images and revealing thoughts from that time taken, and it might be as close as we're ever going to get to being inside your melon.

Really enjoyed this video.

10:34 AM  
Blogger gman said...

Thank you for such a reflective post. I find your vlogs to be far more meaningful to watch than drivel like RocketBoom. Her stuff is a group of people desperately trying to be funny, pithy, or entertaining. Your vlogs evoke the idea of someone just trying to be. And in that attempt to be, as you document bits of your life, you highlight the simplicity and profundity of life itself: the existential gift that God has given all of us. You needn't defend yourself against critics who claim your vlogs aren't real vlogs. On the contrary, I think you have most succinctly defined the genre in demonstrating the essence of what the content should be: life and the existenstial struggles. If it happens to be artsy, creative or has music it seems to me that, like writing a journal entry in pen or pencil or crayon or fingerpaint, is purely incidental.

Also, I remember feeling a heightened sense of wonder about life when my daughter was that same age as your daughter. Thanks for reminding me of that in your videos. I have hours of footage similar to yours of her explorations, machinations, mumblings, and the like that I have never edited. I am inspired to look at these "bits-o-life" in a new way now. Thank you.

3:10 AM  
Blogger Michael W said...

I'm probably seeing this later than anyone... all I can say is "wow!" The naration, the writing, and the shots are all amazing.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Braveheart said...

good shtuff,
thank you for sharing

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for showing us this moving picture

3:58 PM  
Blogger the warrior said...

Daniel,

You've got it! In such a raw but contrite form, you've got IT. Stand tall man, what you share is not for every mind for you are above that and I thank you for sharing. Keep vlogging.

eric

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for your honesty. Truth kicks you in the gut. My stomach hurts.

11:02 PM  
Blogger biNy said...

your blogs make me wanna curl up and die of shame of my own pathetic scribblings. keep inspiring me, please.

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe these comments. I agree that the video was artistic, but where is the substance? The chocolate bar seemed to hold more of your interest than your baby. It wasn't "real". Nice work, though.

3:51 AM  
Blogger Vivified Visage said...

Awesome...I'm linking you in my own blog, I hope you don't mind!

Keep up the great work...

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your work is incredible. poignant, introspective and tender. what are you shooting these wonderful pieces with?

9:27 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

What luck that I came across this beautiful introduction. The video, narration and background music were inspiring. There was a sense of natural substance that lead to great creativity. Hope to see more.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Your work rings of a calm engaged civility...the human becomes outright humane..lovely, thank you.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked. I'm gonna be checking back.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

U seem cool come check me out im new so maybe we could be friends?

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The visuals and audio are very cool but the content is so goddamn pretentious that I can't stand watching more than a minute.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Kattia said...

You're inspiring!
Like the rythm, the visuals and the whole feeling of your videos. I knew about you thanks to the last month Wired magazine.
Now I made a post on you in my blog.
keep the work.
Hasta pronto.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

Powerful man

10:12 PM  

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