I named my blog ‘Time Machine’ for a reason – a camera not only freezes a moment in time but can also explore the space-time continuum within a two-dimensional still photograph. Photographer Stephen Wilkes crafts stunning compositions of landscapes as they transition from day to night.
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I’m a person who has always been interested in interesting people who say or make interesting things. Advertising used to be melting pot of these kind of people. Not so much anymore. I believe the art of short film making is where all the interesting stuff is being conceived and beaten into shape on laptops all around the world – sometimes on a shoestring budget. Historically, the price of producing slick audio-visual projects were prohibitively expensive and only the most dedicated – or maddest, pick your superlative – had the endurance to bring their visions to fruition. Today, thanks to affordable technology, the price of entry to this once exclusive club has dropped to almost zero. The only investment required is a belief in your own ability to make interesting things. That’s the good news. The bad news is you have to make or say something very, very, very interesting to break through the tsunami of sameness that infests our creative culture today. These films, I believe, are a good representation of what can be achieved creatively if one sets out with a good idea to start with – something that resonates with us as empathetic human beings. The film “Reach” by Luke Randall is a good example of storytelling that pulls on heart strings as well as electronic cables. Many people believe that technology is changing us and that we must keep up with technological change if we want to stay relevant. Rubbish. Our human responses to authenticity has always been the same – for countless generations. These films are authentic. That’s why they work so well. Artifice can only get you so far. Creativity about is building things that ring true. Short films used to be a “calling card” while prospecting for bigger projects. I believe they are now a standalone art form in and of themselves. Hope you agree. Enjoy.
Watching more than seventy live, perspective-changing TED Talks back to back for five days straight is nothing to scoff at. Let’s be honest: Your brain gets tired. That’s why TED’s curators program each session with short video breaks to give the mind a rest before the next set of talks. Funny, inspiring, silly, beautiful, here’s all the videos shown this year at the conference. Think of it as TED’s short film festival.
Pinnipèdes, by Victor Caire. Two fat, sleepy animated seals fight and love each other.
Wiggly Things, by Rogier van der Zwaag. An animated interpretation of philosopher Alan Watts’ lectures, about how we humans like to “break down the wiggliness of the world.”
Reach, by Luke Randall. A robot that needs to be plugged in in order to survive dreams of life outside his window.
Moving images, by Lorne Resnick. Lorne Resnick makes five-second video clips…
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The Ukrainian tragedy hasn’t gone away you know. It continues today unabated and underreported. The western mainstream media has moved on to a shiny new story elsewhere in the world. We have very short attention spans. Our media encourages this fast turnaround consumption of tragic events. In consequence, world events, and their implications, have slowly lost their ability to mean anything to us anymore – sustained streaming of imagery without sense or significance. Fast food tragedy is on offer 24/7 and indigestion is often the result without any of us really knowing why. Photographers, by contrast, are brilliant at freezing moments in time that allow the viewer to view or revisit events and absorb contexts and outcomes that would otherwise go unnoticed or misunderstood. This presentation by Taylor-Lind is a a master class from, not only a talented photographer, but also from a human being who cares about other human beings and what happens to them. As should we all. Photography and photographers can and does make a massive difference in our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. In other words – photography still matters. Now more than ever.