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Shedd Aquarium

On Valentines Day this year, I went to the Shedd Aquarium with my girlfriend, Zenita. It was her first time visiting the Chicago lakefront aquarium. We really liked the jellies exhibit. Here are a lot of pictures from that cold February day.

































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35mm Film Portraits: Robert Walker

I recently developed a stash of film that was stored and near forgotten. Here’s a series of portraits that I shot of Rob “Goon” Walker.

Miss this guy.

October, 2011. Chicago.

Shot on expired Ferrania Solaris 400 with a Nikon N80 and busted 28mm manual lens.


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This is a short film about skateboarding made by a skateboarder. I documented everything during the past two and half years, sometimes intentionally for cinematic purposes, but more often not. I always have a camera with me, so whether or not I am along on an adventure involving skateboarding, I’ve been fortunate to capture the spontaneous. This video is much a product of coincidence from time spent at home in Illinois and abroad in the skate Mecca: California.

After a long winter with temperatures creating an arctic apocalypse, I am very much grateful for the coming spring and past experiences in warmer places. It’s easy to take the simplicity of sunny days and teeshirts for granted… except many of us are on a seasonal deadline.

Just another Depressed Midwest video. Cheers.

Featuring: Alex Rado, Sean Burek, Aaron Miller, Mike Alexander, Phil Proyce, Miles Canevello, Alec Ozawa, Patrick Melcher, Jesse Hotchkiss, Guy Mariano, Takakuni Ikuma, Pete Grannis, Chris D’agostino, Steffen Watts, Greg Harbour, Jon Sharrat, Kyle Jakubowicz, and Gary Rzeszutko

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Depressed Midwest Video

Depressed Midwest from alec ozawa on Vimeo.

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Swimming Holes and Diner Breakfasts

I miss driving hours through flat prairies with the purpose to grill on the muddy shores of country creeks and wake up with the mission of devouring a plate of biscuits and gravy. Good friends were in Missouri.

Englewood, MO and Columbia, MO. 2011.

Shot on expired Kodak GT800 with a Nikon F80 through a broken manual focus 28mm lens.







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East Pilsen

East Pilsen, 2011.

Shot on Kodak GC400 with a Mamiya ZM.



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Disposables: Los Angeles

Back in January, I took a 4 day trip with friends from Chicago to visit friends in Los Angeles. I bought a couple expired disposable cameras from the flea market and these are the pictures that weren’t pitch black frames.





















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Holga Lens and Catch Light

I modified a plastic Holga lens to fit a Nikon dslr. Here are a few portraits I shot of my friends, Kevin, Thomas, and Mandy.




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Video

Directed and Produced by Alec Ozawa

Hand Models: Alex Kruser (Tattooed Left Arm) and Alex Radovanovitch (Tattooed Right Arm)

During my last quarter as an undergrad for my BFA in digital photography, I had to complete a senior project in order to graduate. My professor requested a 6 image photo set with a strong original concept and work process, which eventually expanded into the making of this video.

I initially struggled with concept, but decided to create photo illustrations based on Shel Silverstein’s poems after browsing through a box of my old childhood books. Silverstein’s writing and illustrations always seemed iconic and relevant despite age, so the project took shape into something fun and open to possibilities of creative direction.

After settling on a select number of poems with interesting lines and themes, I began shooting photographs to combine into surreal and visually abstracted images. In addition to making supplemental photos, I wanted to package the images and derivative poems in a clean and organized manner. This led me to dabble into graphic design for book layout, as well as appropriate typography. During work process in typographic design, a class critique offered insight that hand-rendered typefaces instead of those with uniform digital appearances would better suit the overall quality of the book. I took this advice and had a good friend, Erich Buttstadt, help trace the poem and book titles with sumi ink, brush, and a steady hand.

Once I finalized the photo book and several other portfolio books, I moved forward and began drafting sketches for a sturdy and authentically hand-made package to hold all my work in a single safe place. As the son of an engineer and grandson of a carpenter, I decided that removing myself from the computer and working with traditional tools would satisfy my creative expansion with the project. I spent a week brainstorming before gathering the necessary materials: various sizes of oak wood, hinges, latches, leather strapping, rivets, clasps, screws, stain, wax finishing, etc.

Several days later, with the help of my father and his workshop, I held the finished project, a two compartment chest built from hardwood to house my photography books. Each compartment is self contained and independent from the other, reinforced with multiple layers of straps and locking mechanisms, and hand-crafted to compliment the printed work, as well as offer an experience of discovery for the viewer.

Despite cautions to end my insane compulsion with this project, it still needed one more aspect to fulfill the spread of creative disciplines that I desired. Making this video was the final step and the best way I could think of sharing something that I loved making, and hope that everyone can enjoy as well.

This project became more than an assignment, but a journey of learning new things, revisiting old lessons, and making things for the joy of making things.

Never grow up.

-Alec

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