Clever understated humour combined with excellent photography. Made me smile.
We all know and love Kubrick for his masterful use of photography, and for his innate knowledge of the medium which lead him to becoming one of the 20th century’s greatest film auteurs – but what is less well known; is that he also understood the power of spontaneity in the creative process. One of the many misconceptions about creative people is that they ‘create’ things out of nowhere – more often than not, it is a gift for combining things that seem unrelated and have the bravery to explore and edit results. As with all gifted creative people, Kubrick allowed for, and understood the power of serendipity. One such ‘happy accident’ turned into one of the greatest marriages of celluloid and music in move-making history. While editing the space docking sequence for his seminal film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick was using the now famous music track – R.Strauss’s ‘The Blue Danube’ – only as a ‘guide’ for editing purposes. It was only meant to be temporary; planning to have an original score written at a later date. Something seemingly temporary became an indelible moment in cinema history. For more from the master move-maker, please click on the link below for a rare interview with Stanley Kubrick recorded in 1966. https://soundcloud.com/brainpicker/a-rare-interview-with-stanley
Knate Myers spent a long weekend editing and scoring this video, using source material from an image library online. The video is 3:49 long. By my, early morning calculation, that’s +/- 5,725 photographs in total – if you assume that the video is running at 25 frames a second. That’s a lot of spectacular photography. Works brilliantly.
You are looking at a photograph of a tiny patch of the Universe as it appeared in the heavens over 13 billion years ago. To put that in perspective – light travels at approximately 10 trillion kilometres in a year. The light emitted from these galaxies travelled 13 billion of those light years before hitting the imaging sensors aboard the most sophisticated telescope every made by man. It’s called the Hubble Space Telescope and it is the ultimate time machine. Positioned in low earth orbit since 1990 by the Space Shuttle, it has been busy clicking away at the cosmos and delivering spectacular photography of an immense universe ever since. As Douglas Adams wrote in the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” To add to the mind-boggling aspect of the photograph above, it is just a small fraction of the visible night sky, roughly measuring one-tenth of the diameter of the moon. Next time you are angry or upset at some seemingly calamitous event in your life – you may find it helpful to look up at the night sky. It puts things in perspective. Humbling indeed.