Sooo this fall my roommate and I decided that we would go on a cider making adventure.
To make a long story short: we hand picked 60 lbs of apples, peeled them, blended & juiced them, fermented them, carbonated them and bottled them. Mainly because I thought it would be fun to design a label for apple cider.
The good news: I had a lot of fun making these badass labels.
The bad news: we overdid the carbonation and after 5 months of fermenting, the bottles exploded everywhere. No one was hurt (luckily) but we never got to try any.
The more you know?
Here’s the label:
Label for Robot Libre! Cider. Designed by AJ Korkidakis
I’ve lived in my current loft for nearly a year now, and I’ve always wanted to get around to doing something cool with my stairs. I’ve never had stairs of my own before, and so clearly something fun had to be done.
I decided to embed this photo I took in Brooklyn into the back of the steps.
I’m working on a new short film! With a very fantastic team. We’re currently trying to raise some funds via indiegogo. Find out more on our facebook page (I don’t want to link to indiegogo because it’ll be a dead link soon and i’ll forget to change it.
While on the topic, I designed the poster too! Was a lot of fun to make. Check it out:
Poster for the short film Lessons Learned by AJ Korkidakis
I was fortunate enough to be asked by New Internationalist magazine to design their cover for this month’s issue! They wanted something in 8 bit that illustrated the online battle between governments/corporations and hackers/activists.
Here it is! There’s another illustration I did for the inside after the jump.
Cover for New Internationalist magazine, December 2012
Lacking money for an actual proper macro lens, I recently purchased a cheap accessory for my DSLR that allows you to shoot images super up close. Does it compare to a really nice piece of glass? No. But it does the job.
All the tube of plastic really does it push your lens further away from your sensor. Simple physics means this shifts your minimum focus distance in front of the lens. Voila.
I of course shot a ton of things soon as I got it. But none as interesting as close ups of the human eye. The human iris is a beautiful/gross thing.
The subject was really tough to light, given how reflective the human eye is and how close the lens was to the subject’s face. I ended up using an LED light panel, and placed it such to minimize the reflection, but I couldn’t eliminate it completely. So, yeah, I caved and photoshopped it.
I also obviously had to shoot some video. Check out that iris open and close! You can also see the reflection on the light in the vid.
Just under a year ago, the Concordia Student Union hired me to design the Swap Shop. They wanted a space for people to leave unwanted items/take stuff other people left, and that was pretty much their only condition. I saw an opportunity to do something really cool with the space - and it ended up being a great experience.
I just finished this video summary of the project last night. Ch-ch-check it out!
I’ve been lucky enough to work with the super talented Kid Koala on numerous occasions in the past, and I can tell you he’s a real inspiring dude to work with. So I was understandably excited when he asked me to help him put together some music videos for his new album 12 Bit Blues (which you should pick up! its awesome.)
I’d say the videos are more along the lines of visual experiments rather then proper music videos- we basically worked by meeting up in the morning, figuring out our plan, then shooting it all before dinner – but this way of working really led to some fun results.
The videos were shot by me, directed by Koala, and art directed by Corinne Merrell and Louisa Schabas, with lots of help from other awesome people.
These are the two of the three that we shot that have been released so far.
Awhile back, I came across an interesting form of photography online – Solargraphs. Basically, they’re tiny pinhole cameras that you expose continuously over 6 months to get surreal images, complete with arcs across the sky left by the sun in transit.
Obviously I had to try this out. During a trip to Brooklyn last spring I left 12 solargraph pinhole cameras hidden around the city. I tried to place them in places where they wouldn’t be disturbed for 6 months – I knew I wouldn’t find them all again but that was part of the adventure. Luckily, I found 10 of them when I returned in August!
But, before you get excited, I have some bad news: my first attempt didn’t go so well. It worked, but only kinda – the whole process is so full of guesswork that I ended up with severely underexposed images, like the one below. Yes, they’re still pretty neat, but not what I was hoping to get…
More shots/details about the process after the jump!
A solargraph of a watertower in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Pretty underexposed – but notice the sun trails.
About two years ago, I started a short film anthology project in Montreal – the idea was to get local directors, actors, writers, set designers, etc. to come together and make Montreal-themed shorts. Well, 6 months we finished 4 shorts – all funded by the CBC – and the films have been on the festival circuit since. We’ve played TIFF, Just For Laughs, Zero Film Fest, Youngcuts..
Anyway – I made the posters for the film. Here they are!
Poster for the short film The Perfect Apartment by AJ Korkidakis