I've moved into the thick of things with a full slate of practice and media portfolio building projects for my new company, Third Place Media. The rough schedule is to start with a handful of small and medium sized photo and video based pieces around New York City and Northern New Jersey over the next few months, followed by a concentrated burst of material from a trip to China in Japan in October and November, all focused on various aspects of transit oriented development and social phenomena in public spaces.

The first out of the gate is this short film from a joyride on the Newark Light Rail. I wanted to keep things simple and just get my hands around the technical challenges of filming transit infrastructure and equipment, and shooting from moving carriages. While in Tokyo, one of the items on the agenda is to film neighborhoods abutting the Arakawa Line, in the outer wards on the northern side of the city. The Arakawa is the last surviving line of the Tokyo Toden, a network of streetcars that once counted 41 lines and 214km of track weaving through the metropolis. Riding the loop from Newark Broad Street to Grove Street in Bloomfield and back was a good opportunity to test for kinks on a similar type of vehicle, while also seeing sides of Newark that were new to me.

"paramount" by Alastair Cameron is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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