It’s times like these – when I see Hal surrounded by those who love and cherish him – that really touch me the most; he’s really got quite the fan club!
We’re moving toward the final stages of filming (unless we can get to Paris – fingers crossed!), so we sat down with Hal to film some selected images from his massive body of work while he provided a little back story to each – an especially fun and meaningful day of filming for all of us.
I should really be using my camera to shoot this stuff, but my Droid is less cumbersome in this small space…
Hal made us brownies and served a bit of 20 year-old port …
Fun (surreal) to see one of my prints among his collection …
Hal’s gorgeous large format camera …
… and studio lights
We had an amazing ride with Hal Gould for the first eight months of 2012. We put in several hundred hours and have about 35 hours of film (digital, of course). At the end of August, it became clear that my crew and I needed to take some time to tend to matters in our own little realms, but I vowed that we would fire things back up after the turn of the new year. Well, here we are, and very excited to get back to work! Most of the filming is finished, so for the next several months, I’ll be focused on setting up our fundraising platform, writing, and editing. Thank you for your continued moral support as we work toward bringing this labor of love to life; Hal’s is a life truly worth examining and celebrating!
It was really lovely to get to see and meet so many wonderful people in Hal’s world at his family reunion picnic this past weekend. I only took a few pictures but I have no doubt, in this photography-loving gathering of folk, that hundreds of images were captured that night.
The entire meal was prepared using food from Juliette’s organic farm in Boulder – and it was absolutely delicious. Please check out the Facebook page for Everybody Eats; they are doing such good work up there!
“Everybody Eats! is an all-volunteer collective of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center located in Boulder Colorado which promotes local, sustainable, organic agriculture and opposes genetic engineering in food by creating a sustainable and secure local food system.”
Toward the end of the evening, Hal came over to me with a big ol’ grin on his face and said, “This is why I’ve lived so long.”
Cheers to that, Hal, cheers to that.
With the wildfires burning down the front range as of late Dominic has been busy filming for ABC, so we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. Actually, we’re close to filming the bulk of the Colorado stuff and the interviews have more or less wrapped up at this point – we just have some B Roll to film and we’ll start the editing process. I think we’re up to about 35 hours of footage, so there’s a lot to sift through.
At the end of June, Hal, my friends Peter and Kate, and I took a road trip down to New Mexico. We visited Hal’s good friends Felicia Ferguson and Chuck Henningsen, had lunch with another of Hal’s friends, Andrew Smith, and met up with Dick Bostick and Melody Sullivan at their home for dinner. It was like a full-on photography immersion trip as we discussed the history, future, philosophy and religion of the medium. Good stuff; a photography geek’s delight.
We also made the somewhat harrowing pass on over to Cuba, NM to visit Q-Bar Ranch – the ranch Hal and his father had from the time Hal was 12 until the forest service bought his father out several years later. The main house is still standing, but the outer buildings were apparently burned down by the forest service in an effort to get them to sell more quickly (nice).
Dominic was working the Waldo Canyon fire and unable to join us, so I just took a few pictures along the way…
Hal asked me if I could make his “Team Hal” t-shirts available to friends, family, and anyone else who might be interested. HERE’S the Cafe Press shop where it and other Team Hal items are available. Any proceeds will go toward the making of the film; thank you for your support!
Learn it. Know it. Live it.
From today’s editing meeting…
Working on the more tedious and behind-the-scenes aspect of the film now, but still looking forward
to conducting a few more interviews – still have a bunch of stuff to shoot yet with Hal – and then,
of course, finding our way to Sabastiao Salgado in Paris.
Maybe that picture in David’s editing room is a good omen