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Film Artist Profile: The Humbler -Danny Gatton

The film, “The Humbler: Danny Gatton.” is about a  D.C.-based musician whose reluctance to be in the limelight earned him the title “the greatest guitar player you’ve never heard.” My good friend, film producer Virginia Quesada,  is currently-in-production on the documentary about Danny’s life.

pix-of-vq-on-danube-oct-2015 Virginia is an award-winning film producer and editor, specializing in cultural programming and documentaries. She began working on this project in 1989 when she founded Video Culture, Inc., a nonprofit tax-exempt arts organization to make films about artists.

Val:  Virginia, tell me about the film you are producing about Danny Gatton’s life?

VQ:  “Myself and the other Video Culture, Inc. board members just love the work of our local Guitar, Hero Danny Gatton. He was awesome!! Danny Gatton was a big, big guitar hero with a big, big blues story.  We started this project in 1989 before Danny left us. We are  producing the film with the full support of Danny’s daughter, Holly Gatton and his widow, Jan Gatton. “The Humbler – Danny Gatton” is the first in-depth exploration of the life, music, and legacy of a troubled genius. Though he never got the accolades he deserved during his short life, Danny Gatton was quite possibly the greatest electric guitarist who ever lived.
Danny’s had a mastery of blues, jazz, country, rock, and rockabilly styles that was so impressive, other guitarists nicknamed him.”

Val:  Did Video Culture record interviews and performances of Danny Gatton?

VQ:  “Throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s, Video Culture taped Danny in performance and exclusive interviews, and we have continued to collect Danny footage. We are ALSO honored by the many people who have shared their Danny material with us. After 27 years, we have amassed an extraordinary archive of Danny Gatton and his awesome musical colleagues – much of it will be new to his devoted and ever-growing fan base.”

Val: What other artist are featured in the film?

VQ:  “We have interviewed many of Danny’s friends, family and musical colleagues:
We interviewed Danny Gatton himself at his farm in Newburg, Maryland in May of 1990.
The Musical Colleagues include: Les Paul, Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Albert Lee, Joey DeFrancesco, Jack Casady, Dave Elliott, John Previti, Bill Kirchen, Robert Gordon, Arlen Roth, Jay Monterose, John Sebastian (who wrote Nashville Cats about Danny), Tom Principato, Delbert McClinton, John Jorgenson, Steve Wolf and others.”

“Members of Danny’s family that we interviewed: His mother, Norma Gatton who ran NRG records that published a lot of Danny’s music. Danny’s wife, Jan Gatton and Danny’s daughter, Holly Gatton. Other colleagues – Ed Eastridge from Big Mo Recording studios that did the bulk of Danny’s recordings; Bob Dawson from Bias Studios in Springfield that did several albums for Danny; Jay Monterose who was Danny’s Guitar Tech.”

Val: What impact do you hope the film will have?

VQ: “We will know that our film has had an impact when more people, especially young guitarists, know about and are inspired by Danny’s consummate musical artistry. But the music business is very hard on musicians, and Danny’s too-early death can focus attention on the vulnerabilities of young men and women, especially artists, as they navigate their ways through minefields of art and life. In his all-too-short life, Danny Gatton brought much joy to all he touched both as a man and as a musician. Now, our work is to make sure his legacy continues to inspire music lovers everywhere.Together, I know we can bring Danny’s story to life.
Be part of the team that honors the American Master guitarist, Danny Gatton.”

 Val: How can people interested in the film get involved?

VQ: “We are a  nonprofit, tax-exempt arts organization, and we believe that we help bring the work of this extraordinary artist to life. We are getting very close to finishing the movie, and we hope that people interested in the film can help us now. We are live with an Indiegogo Campaign.

Val: Thanks VQ! I’m so looking forward to seeing the finished film!


Artist Profile: Eric Dyer


Dyer’s work bestrides cinema and gallery, time and technology, animation and animus, and effectively re-imagines animation through its long, lost past.

      -Paul Wells, author, Re-imagining Animation: the Changing Face of the Moving Image


Artist Profile: Austin Hendrick

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Austin and I work for Fairfax County Government. I’m a Media Producer for Channel 16 and he is an Information Officer for the Office of Public Affairs. Our jobs require ongoing collaboration, so I see him often. For the past … Continue reading

Up Close with Mykal Hall – Part 1

Re-post from onOne Software blog

Bilgola+Beach-2726942703-OIn Part 1 of this two-part blog post, we are excited to introduce you to Mykal Hall, a talented photographer who we became quick fans of after seeing his images online. Mykal is an amazing landscape/seascape photographer from Sydney, Australia. Most often you will find him shooting beaches around Sydney and avoiding those sneaker waves. His stunning seascapes capture the beauty of the ocean. When we got a chance to speak with Mykal, he had great stories to share and the techniques he uses to fuel his passion. Today, we’re excited to share those stories and techniques with you.


At the age of 34, my life changed from aimlessly wandering through life without a purpose to finding the “WHY” to my life in the form of my wife/soulmate/best friend Dianne and her 3 children. My home life is now perfect and I could not imagine a better family to spend the rest of my days with. There was, however, another yearning that wasn’t fulfilled. My work life. Having no real passions to pursue at an early age, I fell into various work situations from Storeman, Forklift Operator, Service Technician, to finally a Truck Driver. After 43 years, my interest for “Geekdom” from my Service Technician days, was reignited once again. I discovered “Podcasts.” The ability to learn about any subject at my own leisure was too tempting to resist. So what subjects did I choose to fill this quest for knowledge? Psychology and the latest technology trends. It was the former that I thought I would be pursuing as a career until I stumbled upon the podcast “This Week In Photo” (TWIP). It sounded very geeky (with all the cool gadgets) and creative (which would make up for a past failed interest in drawing). That’s when I purchased my first camera, a Nikon D90. Having never held a DSLR, or for that matter any SLR camera, I thought I should learn to use it in Manual mode first. When I say manual mode, I even mean manual focus. Everything I learned came from two sources: podcasts and a book called “Understanding Exposure” by Bryan Peterson.

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These Vector Logos for Animals are Awesome


Graphic designer Tom Anders Watkins created a wonderful series of vector animal logos that have been receiving plenty of accolades on the creative showcase website, Behance.

The 19-year-old, half Finnish half English artist is currently studying Creative Advertising at the University of Lincoln (UK) and hopes to pursue a career in advertising after graduation. You can see much more of his design work on Behance as well as his personal website.

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Socialmatic Instagram-meets-Polaroid physical camera to ship in early 2014

Re-post Digital Arts

By Christina DesMarais | PC World on March 03, 2013


ADR’s concept camera that lets you apply Instagram filters to photos you shoot and then print them directly from the camera will ship early next year.

Instagram fans who want more instant gratification from the photo sharing service and social network are getting some help from Polaroid.

In the first quarter of 2014, youll be able to buy a Polaroid-branded instant digital camera that will let you shoot photos, apply Instagram filters, share them on Facebook and Instagram, and print your snapshot on Polaroid-style paper.

The idea makes sense considering that both Polaroid and Instagram appeal to people because of their hipster vibes.

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It can’t be denied — tons of people get a kick out of Instagram. In fact, the service says more than 100 million people use it every month.

The square-shaped Polaroid Socialmatic Camera is a concept developed by ADR and fittingly resembles Instagrams little square app icon. Although actual product specs have yet to be announced, when the concept was unveiled last May it was shown to feature interchangeable lenses, an LED flash, a touchscreen, optical zoom, 16GB of memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and, of course, its own printer on board.


What would Jonathan Stuart Mill do? The ethics of street photography.

What would Jonathan Stuart Mill do? The ethics of street photography..


Push the Boundaries of Digital Design

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One of this year’s up-and-coming creative trends is ‘experiential’ design. It’s an umbrella term for innovative projects that encompass not just visuals, but also sound, touch and even smell – all driven by real-time feedback generated by the actions of viewers and the world around them. Michael Burns explores how you get start creating your own experiences. Continue reading

Photographer Timm Andrews: Route 66 and the Mojave Desert

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My friend and co-worker Timm Andrews took some amazing photographs of the Mojave Desert and Route 66.

Timm Andrews is a Photographer and Photojournalist whose work has taken him around the globe. He has work as a Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator and Actor in films and television. His photojournalist work has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show and other network news channels.  Timm has done work for National Geographic and has some fascinating stories about his work on the show COPS.

Timm has been the recipient of several awards, which include an EMMY, numerous AP awards (Videographer of the Year for 2007 and 2008) and the Edward R. Murrow award for footage on the front lines of a California wild fire.

I love working with Timm, he keeps me laughing with his wry sense of humor. I asked him about the pictures he shot in the Mojave Dessert, here is what he had to say:

 “I shot these images when I was out wandering around one day. I always wanted to drive Route 66 from Chicago to LA, and never had a chance to, but the Mother Road from Barstow, CA to the Arizona border was right there in front of me, so I always made that section a part of my desert adventures. The biggest challenge was the time of day.  It takes a little patience, but you can get great shots even with the sun high in the sky. You can wait for some cloud cover . . . many days there are some great cloud formations. I suggest using filters, I mainly use a polarizer and a red filter. You can get some great dramatic shots with back or side lighting.  Here are a few of my recommendations for shooting in the desert:

Shoot at dawn and dusk; golden hour in the desert is amazing.  Take along plenty of water, make sure the gas tank is full, a map. (GPS doesn’t always work) Wear and the proper clothing (Even in summer it can be very chilly in the morning, hot as blazes in the afternoon and cool in the evening) And don’t forget the sunscreen! Just go and have fun, but most of all enjoy the beauty of the desert, it is not a barren place it is full of life and adventure.”


India Song: Life-Changing Journey to Rajasthan

I thought these photos were absolutely beautiful. I love the richness of the color and the way the photographer used natural light in her images. Posted by Erica After a life-changing journey to Rajasthan in 2008, artist Karen Knorr wanted to celebrate … Continue reading