Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Two Self-Portraits for NTID 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Two prints of my self-portrait came in the mail from an online printing service. I opened the package and my God I was stunned by the excessive beauty of the work. The two work are printed at 16x20 size. 

National Technical Institute for the Deaf will exhibit these two photos for their 50th Anniversary event coming up this early June. The jurists chose the two work. The art exhibit will showcase artwork by deaf and hard of hearing artists from all over the country. I am indeed honored and excited to become part of the big exhibit during the 50th Anniversary. As the fact, I am an Alumni and enrolled the institution in 1983. This artwork contribution will only make me feel special, for I was a student there back then. 

Enjoy the picture below and you need to click on the picture in order to see it bigger.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

As Orin for Little Shop of Horrors

I performed as a bad dentist Orin for Little Shop of Horrors that took place at MuCCC theatre downtown Rochester from April 26th to April 29th. This production was directed by Luane Davis Haggerty, which American Sign Language (ASL) was used among the deaf/hard of hearing/ASL-skilled hearing cast members; spoken English words were used with songs and spoken lines onstage. There was a live band onstage, which they were fabulous. A plant Audrey 2 had sign language person and two sign language persons (when grown the largest toward the end of the show). The puppeteer Tess did the tasks amazingly. 

I had a great time acting as a stupid, ridiculous, arsehole Orin with lines that were hysterical and acting that turned out exaggerated as mean, idiotic, and funny. This character I was in made me see how a person with that kind of personality really look like and act like in real life out there (say...you know...our leader in D.C. - sigh). I was able to act like the bad dentist when thinking of Grinch in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and Alec Baldwin as Trump on Saturday Night Live. That kind of thinking enabled me to be funny and mean at the same time, which is rewarding for me to be able to do so. I also went beyond just using ASL when acting as Orin. I created sign language that are not usually used during regular conversations with the deaf/hard of hearing/ASL-skilled people out in the public. I created sign languages that were home-made by myself. 

For example, "Oh, Seymore, I'm flying now!" I used my two hands and had them next to my left and right side of my head, and then moved them like wings of a bird, flapping them up and down, showing that my head is really flying as "High" due to the laughing gas. This kind of creativity enabled my character to be much more hilarious. All in all, acting as Orin, the bad dentist, had been a great and favorite character I have ever acted in. 

I shall thank Annette Dragon for photographing me as Orin. Enjoy the pictures. In order to see them larger, you need to click on the pictures. 














Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Digital Photos for Online Marketing

I discovered an online photography marketing, meaning sell photos for a few bucks or more. As the fact, I don't expect to make a lot of money or go into instant fame. Just that I want to get my digital photo work out there as much as possible. I joined Foap and Adobe. I just uploaded into Adobe with only 4 pictures, but they are not ready to be submitted for approvals yet. I have many others that need higher resolutions and bigger sizes. 

Here are some of my digital photos that I will post into the online photo marketing. Enjoy!


Meanwhile, to see the pictures bigger, you need to click right on them.











Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Orin, the Bad Dentist, Little Shop of Horrors

From April 26th to April 29th, I will act as a bad dentist Orin for Little Shop of Horrors production. The show will take place at MuCCC downtown Rochester. This production will have deaf/hard of hearing actors who will use American Sign Language (ASL) when acting the characters and singing the songs. As Orin, I will use ASL and my voicer, Azmeer, will speak and sing the whole Orin lines. Luane Davis Haggerty is the director of this production. I have been rehearsing lately and it has been really fun to act like an asshole man, Orin, the bad dentist, which isn't even my personality in real life. The songs and lines are hilarious. I even laughed when I began reading the lines and trying to memorize them. I even created really funny sign language in Orin's words. I am looking forward to performing at MuCCC.

Here is a poster with details.


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Sunday, April 1, 2018

"Machines" Digital Collage

For two days, I had fun taking photos of machines or electronics around me in my apartment and out in hallways and other rooms in the apartment complex where I live. I manipulated 15 images of these technologies with awesome special effects available in PicsArt app. I then got all of them into Photo Editor, which I then put them all together into a collage. It was fun to play around and try things when doing the work. 

As the fact, I have always been fascinated with machines, electronics, LED displays, and so on since childhood days. I thought to myself by saying, "Why not take photos of them and make a collage of them in a computer with digital special effects?" Finally found the time to do that. 

Enjoy "Machines".

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Video of "Science Fiction" and "Transformed Selfies" in YouTube

I have been creating videos. I completed two of them. One is titled "Science Fiction" and the other is titled "Transformed Selfies".

"Science Fiction"shows artwork of extraterrestrials, spacecrafts, robots, and other sci-fi images. There is also an electronic music I created that plays strange science fiction or futuristic soundscapes. I have always love science fiction since childhood days and still do. Enjoy this video by clicking on the hyperlink below:

https://youtu.be/edk9lXv5-AQ


"Transformed Selfies" shows digital photos of myself that were manipulated with computer special effects. These self-portraits convey different characters of the person in the pictures. There is an electronic music that plays simple looped soundscapes. Similar to Cindy Scherman and Robert Mapplethorpe, these work are influenced by these two great photographers. Enjoy this video by clicking on the hyperlink below:

https://youtu.be/Ka1IbWUMnA0

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Def Meets Deaf Poetry Jam at Lovin Cup

On March 3rd, Def Meets Deaf Poetry Jam took place at Lovin Cup. I as an MC and also a performer and John Roche, also an MC and performer, ran the show. Hearing poets/performers and deaf/hard of hearing poets/performers took turns on stage to present their work. Two great interpreters: Cindy Gilchrist and Denise Herrera spoke deaf/hard of hearing performers' work in English for the hearing audience who didn't know how to read American Sign Language and also interpreted the hearing performers' work in American Sign Language for the Deaf/hard of hearing audience who couldn't hear the spoken words too well. The interactions among the hearing and deaf worlds during the whole event created a sense of warmth, support, and understanding of one and another. This unique event only occurs every year and this year is the 9th year of the show. 

The Jam was a success with great packed crowd. The performers were: (hearing) Collen Powderly, Grace Flores, The Mental Graffiti, Miriam Lerner, Michael Czarneki, John Roche, Nick Eckerson, and Bart White; (deaf/hard of hearing) Dangerous Signs, RH ASL Choir, Matt Schwartz, Vicki Nodquist, Eric Epstein, and Eddie Swayze. 

This event was supported by RIT College of Liberal Arts, English Department, and NTID Interpreting Services as co-sponsors. 

Here are photos of the event.

 Eddie Swayze

 Dangerous Signs
 Matt Schwartz
 Miriam Lerner
 Colleen Powderly
John Roche