A few years back I made a short stop motion video about Net Neutrality when the issue initially started to reach public light. I executed the project with 2 other designers Ada Cooke and Austin Laverty. What better way to show the building blocks of a computer screen than with legos?
It’s a little slow, and could be immensely improved. But more so, it’s a huge bummer to see that net neutrality may no longer exist.
So we’re halfway through our trip. WHAT WE GOT’S TO DO.
Panic, drink coffee, get excited.
The backyard provided natural entertainment.
This guy was the alpha male. He wouldn’t let any other monkeys get close to us, so we started just lobbing food way past him to feed the weaker tribes-monkeys.
Went to the ‘mall’
Night before the wedding. It was tense, emotions were high.
At night, after people went to bed, I did all the signage for the wedding.
All I had was a 35mm camera so I didn’t waste any film on shooting the signage, but you can see them standing on the banner I painted below as they are getting betrothed.
One of my most favorite shots I’ve ever taken,
This was a hand-scrawled map given to us to get from Johannesburg to the airport.
We made it. Ethiopian Airways is pretty sweet.
Very special thanks to David Kraft who paid my way to take this trip, otherwise I would not have been able to go. This was my first time oversees. If I can someday scrape some money together, it surely won’t be the last.
See the published photos in Need Supply Co’s
Human Being Journal II (SOLD OUT!)
I documented the Richmond Bike Polo team (A.K.A. Shit Squad) for six weeks this past summer which was then published in Need Supply Co.’s Human Being Journal III.
I usually had 2-3 cameras on me. I was shooting, loading and winding really fast and couldn’t afford one to jam or a light meter to go out.
Shot with a Canon AE-1 & Minolta x-700 but mostly shot on my Nikon FM (now for sale)
This is Joey. He was my “guide” through the entire documentation.
This is one of the top 5 Bike Polo players in the world folks.
Surprisingly, it was probably the most awkward photography experiences I’ve ever had. The first 3 weeks were really just to let them know I was serious about shooting and truly interested in their sport. The fourth week was when I could really get it done and both I and them felt comfortable with each other and I could ask “can I stand in the middle of the court this round” and they were became happy to oblige. In the end, I had chipped away some more of my social anxiety and had taken some of my favorite photographs to date.
The window for taking a vacation from work this year was closing fast and I didn’t know where to go. Somehow, I ended up in the Adirondacks in upstate New York an hour from Canada.
Why? Cause my Uncle lives in the mountains, and I think he’s pretty cool.
So… Last year I took a trip to South Africa for a dear friends wedding. Dave, my friend I travelled with, payed my way becasue he’s insanely awesome and I’m poor. Many of these photos were published in Need Supply Co’s Human Being Journal II, which is amazing. So. Here we go.
*none of these 35mm negatives has been digitally manipulated, I think the X-Ray and altitude threw off the color which I was totally cool with*
The flight is 25 hours long. Meals were the thing to look forward to and when they came, you forget everything, everyone stops crying and people are a little happy again. I documented the before and after of every meal I had. But I’ll just show you 2 of them.
Hope. Excitement. Mystery.
…And go straignt to a freakin safari. (Above photo: Safari home base, not where we stayed)
I called our guide Jungle Eyes, but only in my head, not to his face..
But seriously he was pointing to things beyond the bush that none of us Americans could see. I look at a flat screen all day man! and your pointing at AIR and SPACE and STUFF that wants to KILL US ALL.
He was the man. I have much respect for his knowledge and love of wildlife and nature.
This is Declan and Lauren. They’re the ones getting married (LOVE YOU BOTH, WOO!)
This is me drawing. I was in a band for two years and we would constantly tour and I would take TONS of photos but would always forget to hand the camera over and get a few pics of myself… So I did that.
Even in the wilderness, ya gotta stop for tea time in South Africa.
Our service dude was singing Christian worship songs and was super stoked on life, so we all chatted with him.
This is his sister.
This is him. He rules.
Got home, Tried to chat with this guy.
Grillin like we do in ‘Merica
I took walks.
Some day in that week, Dave and I and some peeps split. We went to a zoo place, but this was no ordinary zoo; you could totally die by animal death there.
Rad Zulu kids. I asked for a picture and then my camera malfunctioned, so then I decided to draw portraits and give them each one (actually, you can see the middle kid holding one I gave him)
All of the sudden I was swarmed, at least 15 kids all over me, watching, enamored by my hairy arms. I realized I was probably the first man they had seen and touched with that much hair on my arms (If you know me, you know, If you don’t know me, dont let your imagination get out of hand now, I just look ‘manly’.
All photos Will Godwin. Processed at Photo Tech Labs in Richmond VA.
Part II, soon….
I recently Finish the Album Cover for Nick Coward & The Last Battle. This is the second Album I’ve done the artwork for and I hope to do a third too.
After a round or two of ideas, it was left up to me what to do. A giant sacrificial knife hovering above the bull, signifying his impending doom or the knife just hanging out, right through his torso, just because?
RIGHT THROUGH HIS BLEEPIN TORSO OF COURSE!
(BECAUSE IT’S FUN.)
Progress shots. Friggin lines man… lots of em.
Oh yeah, type stuff. There were way more in the trash. I even wrote out the track list, but it just wasn’t working when it came together with the artwork.
Download the Album here and name your price: http://nickcowardandthelastbattle.bandcamp.com
Monster Poeple for Need Supply Co. as seen in The Human Being Journal II.
Get your copy of the Journal fast! We’re almost totally out! ( I work there as a photographer also)
This project was a blast, and as easy as it may sound (It did to me) It was way harder to come up with somewhat original monsters than I had imagined, Probably becasue I was responsible for clothing to look good on them, which isn’t something you have to think of when designing monsters. Oh yeah, and they had to wear shoes too…
Sushi Girl and Double Headed Ruby Dragon from Mars are my faves.