ABOUT:INYEWOKOMA.

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\n\nI wear many hats… well. If you ask me which hat is my favorite I’ll probably scratch my head, sale give you an inquisitive look, and say, “that’s a trick question, ain’t it?”. The truth is I love every thing I do, from making beautiful photographs alone in the studio to working captaining a film project from concept to completion.\n\nIn the morning, I wake up as an artist, at night I go to sleep as an artist. In all the hours in-between I balance being an entrepreneur and an artist. Running a business has given me tremendous freedom to dream up wild ideas and then chase them down. Yeah, there are the big ideas, but then there’s always the reality check. You know, the nit and the grit, the devil and the details. My right brain is always popping up with something new. To keep pace and keep focus, my left-brain constantly measures, calculates, plans and reality checks. This is my life. I love to solve new problems and make fancy stuff in the process.\n\nAdmittedly, it is sometimes difficult for me to summarize what I do, but I’ll take a stab at it. I am a filmmaker, photographer and writer with a passion for photojournalism and social justice, environmental and cultural subjects. As a visual artist, when I have the time, I enjoy exploring my speculative side through portraiture and photo-illustration. I am I teacher. I have been sharing my talents and experience as a youth media arts instructor since 1998. I am a media consultant. I help small businesses and non-profit organizations develop comprehensive media strategies to further their goals. There’s a lot stuffed under this hat that I wear, but it is all quite harmonious, actually.\n\nThe most important thing about me, I suppose… I really love what I do! I mean… really! Creating beautiful and meaningful still and moving imagery makes me feel good about myself, the world and people in general. I carry that fire with me at all times, whether I am behind the lens, writing a story or project concept, producing a film or helping young people understand the true power of the media. That same passion, however, does make me hyper-critical of everything I create, although there are moments when I know absolutely for sure that I have nailed my vision. I live for both sides of the experience, the struggle of growth and the ecstasy of accomplishment.\n\nWorking in the digital age has made me relish working with people even more. Lot’s of hours clocked at the computer screen will do that for you. Ironically I’m a notorious introvert in the midst of large crowds and when I don’t have my camera. I flourish when connecting with people one-on-one, I. I think this is reflected in my images and speaks to my deep desire for meaningful connections.\n\nSome other things you may want to know about me….\n\nI’ve won a few professional awards for my work as a media professional. Most recently I won a 2012 Telly Award for my work as writer and producer of an environmental education film call ‘Lost and (Puget) Sound’. The film also won best film in the category of ‘Best Film for Youth’ at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. For my editorial and photojournalistic work I have received two awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Chapter and one from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. That the accolades came from my peers in the journalism world means a lot to me and makes me want to work even harder to tell relevant stories through moving and still images.\n\nPersonally, I am all about family, for me that includes my extended family and my family of friends who continually enrich my life. My children are beautiful and perhaps are destined to be much more competent human beings than I. That is my hope at least… I mean, that is the point, right?\n\nJust for fun I might mention my undying devotion to the Star Trek Universe and, really, my love of all things all things cci-fi and hard-sci? LOL! I should probably throw that in the mix too. I am a big Science and Science fiction enthusiast. I have a particular proclivity for cutting edge science, those space where conventional thought and inquiry bleed over into what has been typically considered metaphysics. I suspect a good portion of my future media work will reflect my interest in these areas. So, yeah… you might want to know that about me too.\n\nAs a quick peek into my psych profile, use the following as a cultural rorschach test: favorite authors (in no particular order) are Arthur C. Clark, Steven Baxter, Ben Okri, Octavia Butler, Gregg Braden, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. William Tiller, Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Tananrive Due, J.R.R. Tolkien. I’d be curious to know what you discern from that little list.\n\nSo that is a little bit about me. I’d love to hear from you.\n\nCall me if you have a moment and want to talk media shop… or chop it up about science and social evolution.\n\n \n\n\n\n \n\n