Alex Ling has been creative all his life, delving from music to visual arts. This ‘Once upon a time uncool’ violinist has gone on to embark in many artistic endeavors including delving into the digital world through NEST(Never Ending Story Team) where he is working with a collective of artists creating unique NFT projects. Today he presents the video he created which showcases his travels in 2019 that is reminiscent of Mark Your Wall Color Palette #05 .
Hi Alex, tell us a bit about yourself!
My life has always had some sort of creative endeavor. From a young age I played violin, which was savagely uncool at school. So, when I was 14 I asked for a guitar as a birthday present from my parents and taught myself to play. From there I spent the next 10 years in bands. Pretty much all metal bands. You know long hair, tight jeans and head banging. I lived for that. Metal and heavy music has been a significant part of my life ever since I can remember. Going to shows and having your eyes blasted till they bled. Amazing. You could say after that I took some time out from music, which I am still doing. In that time I moved to visual storytelling. Throwing myself into photography which I was never that good at and still struggle with it. Then where I am today making videos and short films. Now right up to the present day, I am about to embark on the next stage of my creative life, taking physical art and turning it into digital concepts for NFT projects. And now I think it may be time to go full circle and start writing some tunes again. Who knows.
How does Art help you connect with yourself and fulfill your Purpose?
More than ever art is slowly intertwining into my life. Since taking a break from making music and writing songs, I needed a new outlet and that’s where art as videos became for me. When I make a video which is my passion project, I care less about the story, the narrative and just want to make it look good. It sounds silly, but as long as that video evokes some feeling or emotion in another person, I feel my job is done. They can watch it and say oh I love the way it looks and they feel warm inside, or helps them reminisce about something they miss in their life. I’m happy. After I put together this playlist it actually made me feel very moved and emotional. Hearing songs I haven’t listened to in so long. I had shivers down my spine, my hair stood on end, and I even had a tear in my eye. This experience of Mark My Wall has been truly special. I think it’s brought back that inspiration again, the real reason I started to be creative.
Thanks for collaborating with us Alex. Do tell us why this video that you’ve shared was reminiscent of Mark Your Wall Color Palette #05.
This video showcases my travels in 2019. Without even realizing back then, the colors for this color pallet are dotted throughout this video. The darker blue and grey tones can be seen in buildings and shadows. While the darker reds in the old temples I love to visit. The lighter pinks can be seen in the sunset shots. I always look to the skies hoping for the pink tones for sunset, for me when the skies are orange and yellow, it just doesn’t seem to have the same effect on me. When it’s pink and red I feel like it’s something truly special. And worth filming or taking a photo of.
I go through phases of what colors I like or inspire me. I don’t think I will ever say I don’t like a color, it’s just that at the time I don’t particularly feel anything for it. With the color palette I was given, I immediately feel the raw nature of the darker grey tones, while the lighter red tones make me feel sad, or even depressed. But not in a bad way, more the feelings I get when I see those tones. What interests me is why I think that? So to link what is so important to me with these colors, is my visual and audio hitlist. The songs and videos that have inspired and I immediately think of when I see each of these colors. Starting from the dark bluey-greys, to the lighter tones, hopefully you will get a better insight into what I am feeling when you see those colors through visual and audio media.
Thank you Alex! As a bonus, Alex has also curated a Spotify playlist that is inspired by Mark Your Wall Color Palette #05. Watch Evoke Diaries and listen to the playlist below!
Follow Alex's projects with NEST here!
Videos to watch:
Watch Tower of Turkey - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7yqtW4Isec&ab_channel=LeonardoDalessandri
Sam Kolder My Story 2016 -
Our Planet My Eyes -
𝘼𝙧𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚, 𝙬𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 #𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚, #𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 #𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙝 𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜. 𝙁𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙞𝙣 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖 𝙬𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙯𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙢𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙬𝙬.𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙬𝙖𝙡𝙡.𝙘𝙤𝙢
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