“Greatness Comes In Simple Trappings”

Original Video

A US flag sat in the background and unwatched at an art show.

I was at DC Art-O-Matic and saw a whole lot of good and bad work, but a flag off to the side and outside caught my attention.

So much of the USA is going down the drain – people get crasser, stupider and more foolish and continue chipping away at national and individual dignity…listen to the words of the speakers, be mesmerized by more than the flag’s waves….these are good words on a potential state of the union.

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Lyndon B. Johnson
LBJ speaks galvanizing words at an historic moment in American History, the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 1964

Richard M. Nixon
This inaugural address speaks well to what the current generations of American citizens owe this country, 1969



Original Video


You’re My Thrill

A timeLapse postcard from my cousin’s wedding in NYC.

Resolution No. One

ORIGINAL VIDEO: When I constructed this piece I was Influenced by Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Edward Hopper, The Who & others. Resolution No. One reflects brooding mood and intensity, solitude and anonymity. Listen closely to the soundscape: all the water, wind & bird sounds are signals from shortwave and pirate radio stations. (Photography + soundtrack © John Carmody)

Time-Lapse Fourth of July – the Grand Old Flag

Happy Fourth of July! Please enjoy this video short on the proper care and nurturing of the U.S. flag, in luxurious time-lapse. Video © John Carmody. “You’re A Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan, 1933, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa (turn on your speakers.)

The Arms of Venus

Time-Lapse experiments shot mostly in my studio, mostly found moments from x-ray vision to the dancing bat. Soundtrack song was written by me & performed by one of my bands – turn it up loud: there is a smoking guitar solo.

2013 Gonzaga Carmody Open in 60 Seconds

A time-lapsed treatment of the 29th annual Gonzaga College High School Carmody Open – October 6, 2013. The Carmody Open is a 501(c)3 organization designed to raise scholarship funds for fatherless boys to attend Gonzaga College High School in the District. About to begin its 4th decade, the annual Carmody Open Golf Tournament has raised scholarship funds in excess of $1.3 million dollars.

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The Secret of Happiness and Virtue

Time lapse experiments in/around Washington, Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Ground Zero, NYC. Turn on your speakers. Look for hints of French impressionism, Soviet constructivism, American pop art, Japanese Imperialist re-education and the global surveillance state.

It Might As Well Be Spring

This is time lapse video of the start of the first Washington DC blizzard in February 2010, shot in upper NW around midnight…This was in the first couple hours of the storm, we knew it would be big, did not know another storm was right behind it…

Neon Sugar Dance

Electric Neon Go Go Girls Make A Break For It…This is happened-upon footage I shot during a college football game.

Nothing Is Mundane

18 days and nights in the life of my front porch… I used a cheap infra-red surveillance camera to automatically shoot and upload motionDetected imagery to my server…then I created this spontaneous timeLapse of frontPorch so-called “mundanities”…no video/motion…10,000+ lo-res images.

Anti War Protest – Washington DC

“You believe in what you do?!”
Growing up in Washington, D.C. you get used to national news being local, especially when it comes to war.

These are scenes from a 2003 war protest here in the District. This particular event featured participants both pro- and anti-, much bitterness emerged quickly on all fronts. Using audio and video, I wanted to capture and present the nightmarish quality of the surroundings.

Greatness Comes In Simple Trappings

The US flag, in the background and unwatched at an art show…I was at DC Art-O-Matic and saw a whole lot of good and bad work, but a flag off to the side and outside caught my attention. So much of the USA is going down the drain – people get crasser, stupider and more foolish and continue chipping away at national and individual dignity…listen to the words of the speakers, be mesmerized by more than the flag’s waves….these are good words on the state of the union…

Introduction to Obsolete Media

Intro to a lecture for an Art History class I taught at the Corcoran College of Art + Design: Digital Media Culture. I put together coverage of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster using obsolete media to fuel the discussion: “How will we communicate 75 years from now? To what extent will contemporary modern media be extant then?”

I Still Remember My TV

I gave up TV in 1992. Living without the extensions of modern media garbage is a luxury I urge you to embrace. This video combines physics, dissatisfaction and insanity to represent how those who’ve not yet pulled the plug are utterly wasting their lives. I wrote and played all the instruments except for the drums and cello, and built the samples,

Resolution No. 78

Ever heard of the Collyer Brothers? This is a time-lapse rumination on the ruination of pop culture – the discarding and obsolescence of perfectly good media types and content. Un-planned and backwards, this is a complaint about how modern popular culture is garbage, and that generally what was, was better.

Her Inner Self (Revealed)

Imagine a 10-megaton nuclear weapon being airburst directly on top of a person who utterly deserves it. At that moment, the instant of direct impact, her true and simultaneous inner natures are revealed for all to see.

How To Watch Sound

I remixed & animated this classic rock song for one of the New Media Photojournalism graduate classes I taught at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The idea was to introduce people to observing sound with their eyes, not their ears.

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