when i first set out on the road i had a lot i wanted to figure out. i didnt even know what i needed to figure out or how much work it’d be, i just knew things weren’t great and they should be better… or actually that “I” should be better. looking back i see how much of a joseph campbell trip this has been. the whole thing feels a bit cliche “guy takes off to discover self: does” but it was worth it and i’m all the wiser and more centered for it and i wish more people dropped everything to explore and experience something similar.
if i was doing this now it’d be way different. maybe id be hash-tagging #vanlife and maybe id have a van… shame cause my favorite moments were when i didn’t have a phone, whether because it was lost or i turned it off.
Pro Tip: if youre journey of self-discovering, dont forget to unplug.
in December of 2011 i wrote a ridiculous mission statement and looking at it today, it’s remarkable how i succeeded what i set out to do, accomplishing it with striking and figurative accuracy lol
Journey Mission Statement:
“to be the most glorious eagle soaring the eisenhower interstate system across this great nation before its inevitable collapse and when its over and i’m the alpha falcon ill stand on the storm front of forever casting a beautiful shadow across the valley and i will drive all the land’s daughters wild with every kiss of the wind as it carries my scent.“
listening to stevie wonder’s as (1976)
brooklyn, ny2019: back in NYC. this site’s on hold while i stay put
visit my instagram @joeeirwin
“this guy built an ark. or at least he started building an ark. he’s building an ark like i’m keeping up with my website. sure, i’ll post-date and make it seem like i did it when i was there but really, im doing it wayyy later. probably because i’m still thinking about this almost ark…”
“one day, when i’m a roadside attraction…” – from ark of safety video deleted scene
still in st. louis. in a routine (see an average day)
it’s pretty boring but i’m focusing video aesthetic. my editing and camera work is hitting the marks though i’m struggling when recording and reciting narration and without narration my videos are nothing. it may have something to do with the solitude…
an average day
ice cream is pretty good; should i move back to nyc?
if i did could i maintain my rhythm for a healthy mind?
will i find my voice, literally?
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listening to cat stevens’ if you want to sing out, sing out (1971)
in the 40 years since pruitt-igoe was knocked down, the land has grown into a forest with lush vegetation. the earth is still covered in broken bricks, pavement, and manhole covers. it should be of no surprise that in it’s present state this land and the land around it was acquired nefariously. just lookup developer paul mckee – actually don’t, why read about crooked developers when one might read of minoru yamaski, who designed the thirty-three, eleven-story buildings (as well as new york’s world trade center), or godfrey reggio, who featured pruitt-igoe’s destruction in 1982’s koyaanisqatsi (life out of balance), or philip glass, who composed the score to the film (and who’s pruit igoe & prophecies was later used in the birth doctor manhattan scene of 2009’s watchmen).
im living blocks away from the site. big machines are grazing what’s left. soon it will become the national geospatial agency-west; a space-spy agency – which might make the score in the watchmen scene even more appropriate
i take some rubble, a few instant photos, and send it off to an acquaintance in the philip glass ensemble. this is that
listening to phillip glass’ pruit igoe (1983)
there’s less collaboration in video today and i felt i needed a refresher on the basics so i signed up for classes in graphic design and film photography. sure, you can read a book or watch youtube but you won’t get a critique and sometimes i want to hear what i’m doing wrong, as should we all
listening to robert tepper’s no easy way out (1986)
atlanta illinois is a real place and people live there
making pee for the towstory video
there’s a shot in the towstory where i pee. obviously. i could have shot myself peeing real pee but getting the right color of yellow was difficult (i’m a water drinker, sue me) so i found a solution. if real pee is not for you, consider yellow string as a pee alternative. yellow string (use thread for horses) is available in most sewing kits and a lot of stores. the directions are easy if you play along and know what you’re doing.
before we get started you will need the following items:
green screen / matte wall; string/thread, a camera; a non-linear editing suite(nle); the will
would you just look at that pee!
nobody knows it’s string, so it’s our little secret 😉
*string pee is not real pee so don’t forget to go if you have to.