I was late, dare I say resistant, to the whole Facebook thing. As I have come to embrace my tendency towards voyeurism, learned to navigate through the mundane ramblings and cat memes, I have found that there can be true value in many of the connections I have made. One of those connections is a former college friend and fellow filmmaker, Todd.
Todd currently lives in Phnom Pen Cambodia where he runs The Asia Media Lab producing powerful and compelling videos for international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Southeast Asian region. Todd also happens to be an acclaimed photographer and in his spare time uses his ex-patriot backdrop to create some phenomenal imagery. He recently posted, to Facebook, a series of long exposures taken in Myanmar and Thailand that are nothing short of stunning. I could wax poetic about the juxtaposition of stillness and motion, but I will let the images speak for themselves.
Here is a little insight into the concept behind the series and his process:
"For me, one of the most exciting things about living in this part of the world is the life on the streets, there is so much action and movement. Thus, when I decided to do a photography series I wanted to employ a technique that captured the pace of the city. Most of these images are form Yangon, Myanmar, one is from Bangkok. In order to capture the movement, I put the camera on a tripod, when necessary, I used a neutral density filter to stop the light down enough to open the shutter for periods long enough to show movement. I found that by switching between .3 of a second and 2 seconds, I was both able to capture the blur I desired but also keep open the possibility to catch a person standing still allowing them to be sharp and in focus in the photo."
Todd is shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II, and most of the shots where with a 24-105 f4 or a 35mm f2.
Now here is something you don’t see everyday. Rare footage of a Master Painter at work. Renoir was a genius impressionist and worked with his hands crippled by severe rheumatoid arthritis til the day he died. Next time you complain that your wrist hurts from pixel pushing all day re watch this video.
When asked by Henri Matisse how he works in such pain his response,
What can you do with a 25 minute lunch break? I think Minnesota artist and school teacher Gregory Euclide has most of us beat. His awesome surreal landscapes are created using nothing more than a dry erase marker and a white board.
If mimicry is a demonstration of admiration, then it’s very clear that Kiel Johnson really likes cameras. These rather endearing cardboard renderings of cameras old and new are meticulous labors of love.
…Er, I mean stars. And the real things too. This isn’t Hollywood couture here, this is fashion on a cosmic scale. Shadowplay, and independent fashion label from NYC has taken their passion for space and married it beautifully with their more terrestrial passion for fashion. Each stellar (pun extremely intended) piece is digitally printed with images for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The result is other-worldly cloths that drape you in galaxies, star clusters and nebulae. And for those of you with more Earthly concerns, the company uses locally sourced materials to create their fabric, and generates almost no waste in their manufacturing process.
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