San Francisco 37° 48’ 30’’ n 2010-10-09 lst 20:58
Since 2010, Paris-born artist thierry cohen has been developing ‘Villes Eteintes’ (darkened cities) – which depict
the major cities of the world as they would appear at night without light pollution. Using methodologies
employed by early 19th century photographers like Gustave Le Grey, Cohen captures images of certain regions, documenting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposure. By noting the precise latitude and angle of his cityscapes, he then tracks the
earth’s rotation to places of atmospheric clarity like the Mojave, the Sahara, and
the Atacama desert, setting up his camera to record what is lost to modern
Compositing the two images, Cohen creates a single new image full of resonance
and nuance. The work is both political and spiritual questioning not only what we
are doing to the planet but drawing unexpected connections between disparate
locations. Equally importantly it asks: what do we miss by obscuring the visibility
of stars? as the world’s population becomes increasingly urban, there is a
disjunction with the natural world which both Cohen and science posit causes both
physical and psychological harm. Cities that never sleep are made up of millions
of individuals breaking natural cycles of work and repose. The series
attempts to restore our vision, hoping to re-connect users to the infinite energy of the stars.
Rio de Janeiro 22° 56’ 42’’ s 2011-06-04 lst 12:34
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Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama is well known for his colliding liquid photography – immortalising moments split seconds before they are lost to gravity. In his latest body of work, ‘Nude’, Maruyama continues his exploration of movement through photography - re-envisioning the language of traditional nude artwork and combining this with a reference to time. The abstract striding limbs create almost painterly strokes across a hidden canvas - a sweep of flesh filling space. The conceptual artistic interrogation reminds one of the beauty of the human body, not through form, but through the ethereal capacity of human motion – reminding one of the power of dance, theatre and gesture.
German artist katrin korfmann is presenting her latest photographic work ‘Kolorit’ at kai hilgemann gallery in Berlin. The title of the collection translates in english from the german word ‘colouring’ – however also references a metaphor to describe a culture or lifestyle in a foreign place.
The three part body of work – ‘red’, ‘yellow’ and ‘purple’- is a result of a project trip to India earlier in 2012, where Korfmann documents the hindu ritual known as the ‘holi’ festival. The event is a celebration of colour and the welcoming of the new spring season, the iconic tradition sees thousands of people catapult pigmented powder and perfume at one another. In Korfmann’s triptych the passing of time at a particular location is shown through a change of colours. The work is supported by the artist’s renowned birds-eye view of bustling indian cities and culture - the triptych particularly capturing the compelling detail exploding from each scene – seizing the infectious energy, vitality and spirit so unique to the tradition.Pretty epic stuff from above..
Sony are dropping some serious heat with this one. Go Pro just got some stiff competition. The appropriately-named Sony Action Cam(R1600.00-R2400.00) is set to make a run at the current POV sports cam king, under the hood the action cam is rocking renowned Sony imaging technologies like a 16-megapixel Exmor R sensor, ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, SteadyShot image stabilization, Full HD recording with a 4x slow mode available at 720p, Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC slots, a built-in stereo microphone, and an HDMI output. An included, ruggedized waterproof case with a universal tripod mount will keep the electronics safe from water down to 197 feet, and there will also be a Wi-Fi version that allows for easy retrieval of your latest videos using nothing but a smartphone — no cable required.Sony might just have one-upped every other action camera out there. Who wouldn’t want better filming in HD and better slow motion fps? Good on them.
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