12 years in the making, who’d have thought it?
So I started off with a video camera, just as I started going to cons I’d upgraded to a miniDV camcorder from an old Video8 thingy, so at least we’re spared analogue noise here.
MinamiCon was my first ever convention, Minami 7 to be precise. I had no idea what I was in for, I was merely told it was a good time and I was too late for the year people I knew were going (6) so I signed up for the following year when they’d all graduated and promptly realised I had no clue whatsoever what actually went on at a con!
It would be a few years later when I made the switch to photography, my video camera had died and photos gave a much more instant gratification, also I hadn’t tried to shoot anything useful and had just swung the camera around at anything that looked interesting – I could edit but was useless at having a purpose to filming. When I couldn’t get photos I’d switch to video on a tiny IXUS 70, and when I upgraded to a DSLR I would often thrust the IXUS on whoever had the misfortune to sit next to me to film skits with. It wasn’t until I strapped said DSLR to a steadycam that I ventured back into video proper.
So there’s kind of a few dark years where there’s not much video at all – I was too busy taking photos! Nonetheless I put together everything I could find, every scrap of useful Minami footage that I personally have over the years. This means anything prior to 7 hasn’t made it in for obvious reasons!
It’s a wonderful convention if you’re the type to enjoy it, it’s small, it’s quiet, it’s chilled, you’re never far from a place to sit down and socialise. We play stupid games, go to interesting panels, and just chill out rather than most events where it’s run around like a headless chicken time. Being my first convention it’s also the one I share the most memories of, it’s where I’ve met the majority of my friends, it’s always the con that sees my new equipment first because it’s the most relaxed, and the easiest to practice at. It sees a good turnover of new faces every year but still feels the same – in a good way. It’s like coming home once a year.
To that end, to celebrate its 20th anniversary I put this together. It’s not polished, it’s not an exciting beat-filled track, but it suits Minami perfectly.