My Campfire Story
I am a narrative animal
navigating in a digital ocean.

When mud puddles become digital oceans.

I like to ride straight through the mud puddles and soak in what life splashes at me.

With new technologies, narrative is being deconstructed and its importance reduced to simple mathematical algorithms to make sense of a digitized world. Therefore, as “narrative animals,” humans endlessly click a mouse button to make sense out of the digitized world in their own way, or become computer programmers or multimedia authors, the creators of mathematical algorithms, to weave a narrative through the digitized media world. I as a media creator, develop new narrative in this click and skim Internet culture.

- Holly Chadwick

I was raised by my grandparents on Whidbey Island. They believed in rigorous music studies. Though I didn’t become a concert pianist, I have directed short movies, documentaries and now the web series, the Sounds of Freedom. I earned a B.A. in Film and Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz and studied fine art and digital media as far away as Italy and The Banff Centre in Alberta Canada.

At the age of 16, I was a key member in a successful Internet start up and went on to working for fine art and newspaper publishing companies and designing for advertising.

I was a member of Americorps for two years where I helped kids learn to read and taught digital photography in my local community.

I have worked in a darkroom developing crime scene photos, had a father with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the inspiration for Sounds of Freedom. I am also working on a documentary featuring my mother, mental illness, and myself called Music in My Head.

I reside on Whidbey Island in the same house I grew up in with my husband and two Golden Retrievers. I enjoy kayaking, boating, playing piano, extreme sledding and off-roading adventures.

How I Spend My Time

Adobe Creative Suite
Web Development
Programatic Advertising
Email Marketing

Cups of coffee
Total ads
Photos made
Happy clients

Whidbey Island, WA, USA