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an epic “skipping school” letter : 09/20/18

howdy friends!

sorry it’s been a while… been working on “Hot Wheels City” Season 2 and that’s been taking up most of my time. it’s coming together really well and I can’t wait to share all the episodes, plus some behind-the-scenes photos with you soon.

a week ago I was going through my hard drive, looking for an old essay I wrote and I stumbled upon this document. from what I can gather, I skipped a required “career day” for a powder day. then, using the criteria for “wellness” that the Health teacher taught us, I justified my absence.

here’s the letter I wrote:

Luke Guidici
hhp-60
2/16/99
career day

I did not go to career-day. You might be wondering why I did not go and why I am openly telling you. Well here is why.

In tenth grade I took a tv production class. I worked on videos, I edited, directed, worked camera, did graphics. It didn’t take long and I came to love filming. I bought a camera and began to shoot my friends snowboarding and skating. Being behind a camera is what I want to do in life. I feel at home there, it lets me be creative and shpw my thoughts feelings and emotions with others.
Both men and women have succeeded in the film industry and more and more women are directing and produce movies than ever before.

That wasn’t the only reason I didn’t go to career day. I did something for my spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and physical wellness. I hung out with friends and went snowboarding. How does this benifit my spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and physical wellness you may be wondering? I am going to tell you.

I will start with spiritual wellness. Snowboarding is almost a religiuos experience for me. To be in the mountains is. When I am in the mountains and look out at the snow on the trees and on the rocks and hear the silence, I know that this is not all one giant cosmic blunder. I see the Creators hand, the love that he has put into the Earth and the planning that has gone on. Being in the Mountains gives me an extra reminder to thank my Lord for all that he has given me and for how fortunate I am.

My emotional wellness was helped because I was able to go and do something that I love and push my limits by jumping off of rocks and riding fast. This helped my self esteem.

I was able to master new skills of new lines thanks to the 18″ of new powder. I have also able to use my creativity in building a jump at my friends house the night before and work on new tricks. These helped my Intellectual wellness.

My social wellness has nurtured by getting to hangout and party with friends. I usually pick school over socializing and this time I choose the other. It was fun to hangout and dance with girls. I have gotten a date as a result as the time I spent with them that night.

Shoveling snow for 3 hours is quite a workout. So is snowboarding for 7 hours. I did both and this was good for my physical wellness.

In conclusion, I weighed the options and decided that going snowboarding on an epic day was more important for me, on that day than going to school. This was for several reasons, first I already know what I want to do. And second it was better for my overall wellness than going to something that wouldn’t have done anything for me and that I wouldn’t have enjoyed.

how did things shake out? well, I’m not sure how bad I got docked in the class, but I know I got a 4.0 that year, so it must not have been bad.

also, I still: snowboard, work in the film industry, and am a contrarian. so I guess I didn’t need that career day after all =)

-Luke

The Intention of Attention : 07/26/18

howdy friends!

I’m happy to let you know that my TEDx talk, “The Intention of Attention” has been released! In the talk I discuss how a random thrift store find launched me into a multi-year quest exploring how we use photography to capture the moments of our lives, the importance of memory, and the beauty of everyday events.

for those of you that have been reading my blog, you’ll probably recognize that this is about “Found in Kitsap”. and while I’ve written a lot about the project, most of it has been the nuts & bolts of how the project came to be, and how I figured out what to do with all the photos I found. in the talk I discuss WHY I did it. if the “making of” blogs were the “practice” of the project, the TEDx talk is the theory behind it.

the themes that I discuss are ones that I’ve been exploring in my work since college. but when I started, I didn’t know that. I labored to find meaning behind this weird phenomenon of lost cameras and their photos, many of the ideas that had captured my attention in the past began to emerge again. things like: appreciating the beauty in the everyday, looking at the overlooked, and the basic humanity and worth in each of our own personal stories… no matter how big or how small they might seem. I was able to incorporate those into “Found in Kitsap” and through this talk, I was able to share them with the world.

giving the talk was a great experience. it was an exciting challenge to put together the talk and deliver it in front of an audience. as a filmmaker and writer, most of the work I do is crafted and refined before sharing with the public… so it was very exhilarating to step back in to the performance space. hopefully there will be more chances for this in the future.

anyhoo, that’s enough of a preamble. I hope you enjoy my first TEDx talk!

-Luke

p.s. here is the photo I took on stage!

the Flag and the Moon : 06/15/18

hey friends,

sheesh. I feel like most of my mosts start off with “sorry I haven’t been posting more”… but, well, sorry I haven’t been posting more. in case you’re dying to know what I’ve been up to, I’ve been keeping up posting on twitter and instagram.

today I wanted to share a quick story about photography.

a couple weeks ago my sister was in town visiting. we did all sorts of fun stuff, travelled all around the city, ate lots of tasty food, etc. one afternoon when walking home we looked up and saw the full Moon perfectly aligned with the top of the Capitol Records building. it was a beautiful, blue-skied spring afternoon with just enough wind to make the American flag unfurl. in other words, a perfect photo opportunity. I took a shot on my iPhone… but it wasn’t that great. this needed a telephoto lens.

since we were only a couple blocks from home, I went and grabbed my Canon AE-1. now, normally I use my 50mm lens… and occasionally I use the 85mm one for portraits, but I have have a 70-210 telephoto. it’s a heavy lens, bulky, and requires a lot of light, so I rarely take it out. however, this was the perfect time to use it.

I headed back down and took a photo. and I do mean “A” photo. there was only one frame left on the roll. sometimes the last frame will only end up being a 1/2 frame. or will have a bad flare, or some other damage. it’s always a tossup if that last image is going to turn out and I really wanted to get a picture of this.

so I ran back home and changed the roll of film. by the time I got back to the street, the moon was still in a good position. I snapped off several more photos, confident I’d gotten a good shot. for the rest of Teal’s trip I shot the remainder of the film. we went to Malibu, we went to Universal City… somewhere along the line I passed 36 exposures… then I got to 38. my heart dropped.

this had happened once before… and it’d turned out I hadn’t properly wound the film. NONE of that other roll had been taken. I put the camera into my changing bag (a light proof nylon sack with sleeves) to check. and my fear was confirmed. all those photos I’d thought I’d taken… well, I hadn’t taken any of them. in my haste to get back to the shot, I hadn’t properly loaded the film.

this really, really bummed me out.

part of the mystery and joy of film is that you never know how exactly the film will turn out. but you always hope for SOME sort of picture. now I had none. the cute photos I’d taken of Teal and Xavier at Universal, the fun wildflowers in Malibu, the shots of the moon… all gone.

but maybe, just maybe there was that last photo. that one on the roll. maybe that one came out.

I sent the film off to the lab and waited.

while I waited I thought about why I was upset. was I mad at my technical blunder? was I disappointed about not being able to share that moment with my friends? was I afraid that the moment, which seemed so vivid and important, would slowly fade from my memories?

probably all of those things are true. but I had to let it go. there was nothing I could do to get those photos back. those moments were gone. all I could do was try to do better moving forward. to check and make sure that I’d loaded the film correctly. I realized that if I did have it loaded correctly, when advancing the film with lever on right, the “film rewind” on the left would turn. I probably should have already known this… but hey, I’m still figuring out this film photography thing.

then, a couple of days ago the film arrived. I was headed out to meet some friends for a beer, but I couldn’t wait. I had to know. I ripped open the envelope and looked at the proof sheets…

and there it was.

the Flag and the Moon. the one chance had worked.

I was flooded with relief, happy that the moment had been saved. I’m not sure that I’ve gotten to the bottom of why the incident affected me so strongly. there’s definitely more there to examine. but for now, I leave you with the photo.

Capitol Records and Moon

-Luke