Boarding…

I’m in the new YVR international terminal, waiting to board a flight to Heathrow. Besides my trip to Texas (Texas counts as another continent) this will be my longest trip off the North American rock. Six weeks, five countries, ten flights, and two major assignments (plus a little side-jaunt with some friends).

It’s been a complex setup… prep, planning and logistics have been more difficult than any other trip. But I’m looking forward to two challenging projects. I’ve been doing a fair amount of pre-work on both projects, exercising my new-found story knowledge.

I’ll be attempting to keep a regular log on the blog… stay posted.

Trip prep

What do Yellow Fever, PVC, and scotch have in common? That’s right, you guessed it – packing!

My basement haunt is knee-deep in cases, gear, and clothing as I prep for one of the most interesting and complex trips I’ve been on. I’ll be departing New Years Eve for a total of six weeks away, with three major stops in Scotland, Rwanda and Swaziland.

When I need a distraction from packing I’ll post more about my assignments and itinerary…

Two Green Lights

Last night the good news arrived that our grant has been approved allowing Lyn, Jesse and I to return to Rwanda in January.

The day before, I received confirmation of a photography assignment to Swaziland. I’ll be using photography to tell the story of Bulembu as part of a promotional campaign for the Teldon Group. I’ll be headed to Swaziland (via South Africa) immediately after wrapping in Rwanda.

Backstage Pass: A guide to recognizing your whereabouts

I’m anticipating two kinds of visitors to this site. One is professional contacts, linking from an email or business card and inquiring about me as a photographer or film director. The other are friends, family, and people inquisitive about the creative dimension of my work – a more curious crowd, willing to spend some time discovering and poking around. This site is built for both audiences.

For the professionally-oriented visitor, the first page you see at trevormeier.com has links to the basics: an About page (with a bio and links to contact me) and the latest news. I also offer a news-only RSS feed for keeping up on the latest goings on, without the rest of the blog content. This audience gets immediate access to a subset of targeted content: quick and logical.

For everyone else, the site takes on a different character. To participate in the story of the site, visitors enter into the timeline, with all of the content is organized into chronological order.* In that sense it is a “blog”… but this blog is different.

Posts are displayed one at a time. Each post gets its own page, with arrows at bottom right to navigate forward and back. Design follows content: there is a distinct lack of clutter, the intent always to immerse the reader in the content. Each type of post has a unique design suited to the type of material. For example, news posts have a white background, a serif headline and an icon representing a news feed; photography posts have dark background and a wide aspect ratio with lots of room to show off the photo. All the other usual clutter of a blog is tucked away behind four icons at the top, and behind each post’s title.

Clicking on the title of a post opens it in a view that allows comments. The title also links to the permanent address of each post, for bookmarking etc.

At the top-left of the page, hovering over the icon reveals links to go home and to the top of the blog. At top-right, three icons link to the RSS feed, an index of the most recent posts, and the about page: home of everything else you might want to find or know about me or the site.

Hopefully this will help you find your way around. If you’re lost, or have comments or suggestions, you can always contact me.

*If you’re sneaky, you’ll notice that there are some posts that don’t show up on the main posts timeline. These contain more specific or less general-interest content. They do show up in the RSS feed – a likely place for aficionados to be lurking. They can also be accessed via the archives, or by tabbing forward and back from the single post view (reached by clicking on any post’s title). Try going to first post on the blog, clicking on the post’s title, then clicking back on the arrows at the bottom right of the page…