Tintype Photography- Time Warp to the 1800’s

Through another serendipitous series of events, the Visual News Van ended up surrounded by talent and new friends at Maine Media Workshops (MMW) in Rockport, Maine. Taylor McIntosh, who is a teaching assistant on the campus, gave us a tip to meet former MMW grad, Matt Cosby on our way back down South to New Hampshire and we were fascinated with his use of an old photography technique, known as tintyping.

Where could it be? Tracking Vintage Album Art in NYC

While strolling, or should I say hustling- to avoid tourist-hating glares and eye rolls, through the most populated city in the United States, I would always wonder how many amazing people had walked the very same sidewalks as me. In the city where celebrity sightings are as common as taxi drivers cutting people off, it would be difficult to find a street in Manhattan that doesn’t have some secret claim to fame. The birthplace of some of the greatest music of all time, New York City is where many artists got their starts in all different genres of music from jazz to punk rock and everything in between and also the place many of them chose for their album art photos. Real Estate Agent by day, Bob Egan spends his free time as an album art detective, hunting down settings of some of his favorite records for popspotsnyc.com.

Visual News Van #6: People, Planet, Profit

While we were in Austin for SXSW we did the logical thing that any vegans would do and headed to the original Whole Foods for lunch. Paul was wearing his Crocs in public for the 5th day in a row, so I was immediately drawn to the Feelgoodz flip flop stand near the check out. It was there that we met the bubbly BrandiJo Fontenot LeBlanc Miller, the head cheerleader of Feelgoodz, who began to tell us the story behind the amazing company with a cradle to cradle design.

Visual News Van #5 – Lovely Lettering by Katie Daisy

Sometimes the most simple pleasures in life can be the most meaningful. Katie Daisy, a wandering artist who grew up on a small farm in Illinois, draws inspiration from rural life and the natural world.

Visual News Van #4: Jennifer Peck – Banjo App

Social media apps are doing an amazing job keeping us connected with friends all over the world, but it’s not easy to keep track of every feed, and sometimes we end up missing the opportunity to meet up with a friend who’s just a skip, hop, or jump away. Banjo is an app for iPhone and Android that connects all of your social sites (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, Gowalla, etc.) and only sends you notifications when a friend is nearby (in the mile radius you’ve selected).

Visual News Van #3: DMX & MGK- Behind the Scenes

DMX is back! The rapper’s newest album, “Undisputed” was scheduled to drop today (March 27, 2012). For his latest music video, “I Don’t Dance”, DMX collaborated with Machine Gun Kelly. The Behind the Scenes video short was directed by film maker, Jake Janisse, who Jessica Czeck and I had the pleasure of meeting along our journey in the Visual News Van.

Never Before Seen DogBowl Footage

Paul Caridad and I have been on a Visual News road trip throughout the US to connect with artists of all kinds since the beginning of March. At our first stop in Carpenteria, California, we were introduced to one of Brooks Institute’s most highly regarded film students, Jake Janisse. The 27 year old from Windsor, Ontario, Canada is in his 2nd year at Brooks Institute and is excited to be finally fulfilling his dreams of becoming a feature filmmaker.

Visual News Van #1: SXSW Spotify House

Although it may look like a home for leprechauns, this little green house in Austin, Texas was the music venue for Spotify all week long during South by Southwest. Spotify and MSN, with the help of Rolling Stone & Dig for Fire threw a week long party featuring performance sessions on the front porch with some of the biggest buzz artists at SXSW, including Of Monsters and Men, Kimbra, and Delta Spirit.