THE PHOTO VIBES PROJECT: Apocalypse

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: I have a new creative project! Woohoo! Bring on the party popper emojis! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

So, I’ve been contemplating on having a creative block/creative crisis lately as well as an anxiety on how to go back to my creative life after this pandemic, and it really made me feeling demotivated, creatively-speaking.

For more than a year, I’ve been trying to make use of my old travel photos to create something out of them, but merely posting them on Instagram and writing something about it is starting to feel pointless from my end.

I’ve been trying to come up with short films filmed from inside my condo and in my family’s house from time to time, but I always find myself asking, “So after this, what now? What am I going to film next?”. I’ve been trying to aimlessly learn more about filmmaking during my spare time over the internet, but I feel like if I don’t practice what I learned, I won’t even be able to retain them.

I always find myself scrolling aimlessly on Instagram looking for inspiration, but it leaves me more drained most of the time.

So, I came up with this idea of putting music to my photos to ‘add some mood’ to it, and it wasn’t easy. But let’s see how it will work out.

For my first output, I used my skyline photo at Phnom Penh taken from the rooftop bar of Kolab Sor Hotel, added some subtle moving effects on it, and layered with a playing Spotify snippet of the song Apocalypse by Cigarettes After Sex. I super super love the songs of this band! They were actually my inspiration in maintaining my moody, minimalist black and white Instagram feed.

I’ll try my best to create more of this and see where it leads me. However, given Instagram’s very strict copyright policy, I don’t know if it will eventually ask me to take down these posts, but nonetheless, I’ll make them available in this blog. Enjoy!

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