Monday, October 25, 2010

Rankin, not just stills

Since Nelly Furtado and Timbaland released Say it Right it has been one of my all-time favourite music videos.  Each frame a considered image and a photograph in itself.  So to find out quite a while later that it was actually Rankin who had directed it was quite a surprise (I had an internship with his studio whilst I was at university so have been following his work).  Looking back at the video with this knowledge that he directed it, it is now obvious, the imagery is so clearly his.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Church of Ai Weiwei

It is almost excrutiating to watch the 15 minute film documenting the time and effort that went into making Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds now that the way they were intended to be experienced, the whole idea of the installation, is no longer possible.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Winners Announced: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Fergus Gill, The Frozen Moment
Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2010

Fergus Gill is the Wildlife Photographer to watch.  Winner of this years Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year with The Frozen Moment, he is no newcomer to the competition, having won the junior overall prize last year and winning his age categories in 2004 and 2007.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Affordable and not so affordable Art

Eda Akaltun, Truth, Everybody's Talking (2009)

Thursday night was one for guest lists as two new galleries opened in Mayfair. Hauser & Wirth opened their third London Gallery on Saville Row with Louise Bourgeois's exhibition The Fabric Works and a new art buying experience in Lumas Gallery opened on Conduit Street.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chile's Trapped Miners are Freed from their Tomb.

Luis Urzúa, the last miner to be rescued, celebrated with President Sebastian Piñera of Chile.
Alex Ibanez/Chilean Presidential Press Office, via Associated Press

The Chilean Miners rescue is one of those rare news stories which are followed from the start, and end in the best possible outcome. All 33 miners, alive and released from their cold, damp prison, 700m underground.  It is also one of those which the images will become some of the iconic moments of this time.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Highlights from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009

András Mészáros, Raindrop refresher, Winner, Animal Behaviour

Incase you missed the 2009 Veolia Environment Photographer of the Year, these are some of my highlights of last years competition.  

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 Previews

This years Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year is to be announced on the 21st of October the day before the exhibition opens at the Natural History Museum, London.  From the previews, this years photographs look to be the most timely yet and with the BBC's One Show already screening the Junior Winner, I just can't wait for the exhibition to open.

Charlie McCarthy's World

Michigan based videographer, Charlie McCarthy, lives in a beautiful world.  The sun shines through leaves which rustle in the breeze, the sun sets with the most fascinating array of colours and even algae moves in a elegant way.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

How it would be if a house was dreaming

Hamburg Kunstahalle has been transformed into a living piece of artwork, 555 KUBIK by projection artists Urbanscreen and Art Director, Daniel Rossa.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Frozen in that Small White Box

Jamie Livingston took a Polaroid everyday for nearly 20 years.  The images chart his life at Bard college in 1979 to travelling, uneventful days, world changing moments and eventually life changing moments.  In October 1997 events take a twist and the photographer is seen in hospital.  Shortly after the images end.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The New Photourbanism

An image of 'interrupted urban landscape' from Robert Polidori's book, Metropolis

An interesting commentary by photographer, David Cowlard, on the merging of print and digital media and how photographers and publishers are responding to architectural, technological and wider world news developments.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A cookbook not meant for cooking

IKEA have taken their minimalist chic to another level by producing a cookbook with no words.  Homemade is Best (Hembakat är Bäst) features ingredients and finished biscuits and cakes beautifully styled by Evelina Bratell and photographed by Carl Kleiner in collaboration with creative directors Staffan Lamm and Christoffer Persson, copywriter Fredrik Jansson and creative agency Forsman & Bodenfor.

There's something about snow

The snow and the sky in this image make it.  The light reflects off it leaving a crisp blue hue and the sense of calm after the storm.  I can imagine being right in that insulated atmosphere.

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