My name is Keith. I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. My mom’s family (of east-Asian decent) comes from Los Angeles; my dad’s family (of Caucasian decent) comes from New York. These are my spiritual homes.
I studied film, rhetoric and philosophy at U.C. Berkeley. I thought I would become an avant-garde filmmaker in the mold of Jean-Luc Godard. I moved to LA and worked in the film business, but became disillusioned. I then spent the next ten years in New York City, searching for my exact place in the world.
I received an MFA in Photography and Related Media from Parsons the New School for Design. I made art videos. I dabbled in conceptual work. I lived the life of an artist. I became a teacher, on the college level and to kids at a Montessori school. I wrote film criticism. I took lots of pictures as a professional photographer.
Something was missing. I cannot say what.
I left my life in Brooklyn for Europe in 2014, in pursuit of a European dream. I landed in Berlin for the art scene, and began exhibiting. A trip to Southeast Asia inspired me to write a novel, which I spent a few years completing. I’ve picked up work in Germany as a native English writer and editor.
I have since traveled the world. It’s an obsession.
My 20s were defined by creative and professional digressions. My 30s are defined by deep introspection and wanderlust.
It’s time to properly share my experiences. I have things to say of interest. I have an eye on media, on culture, on modern life and the zeitgeist.
Journal of There is a place for my experiences. I oscillate between documentary and fiction. This is my travel journal, my photo blog, my cultural analysis, my content. This is an experiment in storytelling. The belief here is that one man's adventure is worth some attention, that grander truths can be gleaned from a character's journey, and that efforts in self-expression offer something deeper than mere navel-gazing.
I want a life full of thoughtfulness and soul. I want an aesthetic of lightness, of minimalist tendencies as antidote to overcrowded mental spaces. I want stories meditative and curious, through-lines and narratives spun out of the messes that daily life produces. I want life to be perfect, and in its place, I'll aim for an art that attempts it.
Journal of There is managed & edited by Keith Telfeyan. Keith was born and raised in 1980’s California to an Angelino mother and New Yorker father. He studied Film and Philosophy at UC Berkeley. He has an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design. He currently works and resides in Berlin, Europe, and remains local in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
Follow Keith's travels on Instagram @keithpictures