21
Feb

Filmmaker Eric Becker

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work

Portrait of filmmaker Eric Becker by photographer John Keatley.

This is a portrait I recently shot of my good friend and colleague Eric Becker, who is a director / documentary filmmaker.  For over a year, Becker has been working on his film, Sound & Vision, which “explores issues facing the nearshore environment. It is a film about the oceans, told through the stories of people working to clean up, protect, and restore habitat in Puget Sound and beyond. The film is scheduled for release this fall.”  I really like this portrait, because it hints at the chaos of documentary filming, while capturing the beauty of the Puget Sound that Becker’s film strives to preserve.

I was lucky enough to see the film at a pre-screening not too long ago, and it is really beautiful.  Not your typical everybody freak out, we have a problem documentary, but one that explains a problem and offers hope, as well as a call to action.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, Becker and I will be leaving for the Philippines with Arts Aftercare next week.  I can’t believe it’s almost time to go.

Retouching by Gigantic Squid.

17
Feb

Puget Sound Photo Contest

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Blog, Contest

Just want to quickly share a photo contest for a really great cause I will be judging this coming summer.  The contest is part of a campaign to protect and bring about a positive change in the Puget Sound.

“Filmmaker Eric Becker has been working with People For Puget Sound to document some of the interesting stories, people, and places central to the movement for a cleaner, healthier Puget Sound. Slated for release in late April, the film is an exploration of issues facing the waters of our home, showing the practical ways we can all contribute to positive change.” – onepugetsound.org

Read the official contest rules, and submit your photos on Flickr.  The grand prize winner will receive a DSLR, and there are other prizes for runners up.