Archives for April 2012

Norman Chichester, Poet (Reworked)

I revised this multimedia “portrait” of Norman Chichester, the poet that I introduced several posts ago. I think I’ve improved the storyline by restructuring some elements and introducing an opening question: how did this man overcome his physical impediment to write poetry?

I’m also testing out embedding video from YouTube instead of Vimeo.

Put the Gear Down

I’ve been focused recently on some outside projects – one of which was a trip with my son and some other boys in his Boy Scout troop to Moab, Utah for a canyoneering trip. As I was packing for the trip, I thought how wonderful this experience would be to capture in multimedia. It has all the attributes of a great multimedia story: characters, amazing location, exciting action, drama, etc.

There are times when doing multimedia can get in the way of the experience itself. This trip was really about exposing some boys to a great experience. To clutter that up with audio recorders, microphones, too many cameras, etc. would detract from the primary experience which was to … experience the canyons, not record the experience of the canyons. Even just taking photos I had to restrain myself and find that balance between memorializing the activity and disrupting the activity.

Once in awhile you have to put all the gear down. Just enjoy.

More Interesting Stuff

As Joe McNally says in his book The Moment It Clicks, “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”


There’s no reason that McNally’s advice shouldn’t equally apply to multimedia.

I took this photo of Ian Robert McKown, a Denver-based tattoo artist. Ian is a very… interesting guy.

Go out there and find some unique stories. There are plenty.