A few years ago, I pulled out a dusty box labeled "Home Video". It was filled with VHS tapes from various weddings, birthday parties, and especially family vacations. I think most people my age have a box like this in a back closet or in our parent's attic. I popped a tape into the VHS player (also dusty) and there I was, a five year-old mess playing basketball with the local Masai from the village behind my house (http://vimeo.com/7548724). Tape after tape, I couldn't believe how many adventures my family went on and how valuable those memories are to me.
But why shoot on VHS now? I've spent a good deal of time with the folks from Granola, and I can honestly say that they are like family to me. So when I saw a VHS camera at the thrift store, I got an idea. I wanted to get back to the art of making Home Videos, of capturing Granola adventures in a simple and authentic way (even if it means talking awkwardly from behind the camera). It may not be flashy or exotic, but that's not really what being a Granola is all about anyway. We're a family of people who love the outdoors. And VHS... well, I think it will be a great way to get started on a home video collection.
Check out our first little VHS home video, and welcome to the family.