Amazing Documentary

50 People, One Question: Chicago. What is your favorite memory?

September 19, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A great short film by social media firm Brand Nua where fifty Chicagoans are asked what their favorite memory is. Some wonderfully spontaneous answers from lots of people, and Nick’s mom Andrea is probably my new favorite person. (via gaper’s block)



Craft Documentary

Welcome to Planet Earth: The UFO Welcome Center

August 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

After encountering aliens in the 1990s Jody Pendarvis of Bowman, South Carolina began construction on an enormous 30-foot spacecraft in the front yard of his home (this also coincided with his failed campaign for mayor of Bowman, but that’s another story). Lacking any formal plans or blueprints Pendarvis built the entire structure by hand and claims to dwell inside it several months each year, keeping vigilant watch for extraterrestrials through a portal in the roof called the Lookout Center. Documentary filmmaker Mikey Livingston captured this touching portrait of a rather bizarre man in his short film, Welcome to Planet Earth. (via vimeo)



Documentary Photography

One Day on Earth: A film shot in every country in the world on a single day

July 15, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This trailer is the first glimpse of One Day on Earth, an ambitious motion picture shot by thousands of filmmakers in every country in the world on a single day: October 10, 2010. The trailer alone includes footage from 90 individuals and organizations. The producer/director Kyle Ruddick is currently editing down 3,000 hours of film and is asking for help via Kickstarter to complete the project. I don’t know about you but it gave me chills.



Documentary Photography

Long Exposure Air Traffic

May 24, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Terence Chang shot these fantastic long exposure photos in the skies above San Francisco International Airport. See the rest of the set here. (via laughing squid)



Documentary Music

Under the Lucan Sun

May 18, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Almost an antithesis to yesterday’s clip about the Salton Sea, this short film by Leonardo Dalessandri walks us through a small area of southern Italy, exploring the residents, landscapes, and small moments of daily life that through the lens of this filmmaker are nothing short of magical. All the more spectacular to me is the inclusion of music by Isao Tomita. This particular track being something my dad used to rock me to sleep to, giving this whole thing a layer of bizarre nostalgia for a place I’ve never been. I think you’ll agree with me when I say: I want to go to there.



Documentary History

The Accidental Sea: A post-apocalyptic hell-hole

May 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This is a surprisingly lovely short film by Ransom Riggs that documents the rise and fall of a small community around an accidentally formed lake called the Salton Sea in the California Imperial Valley. Sit down, give it five minutes of your time, I promise it won’t disappoint. (via coudal)



Documentary Photography

A six year old boy. Underwater. Riding a shark.

May 6, 2011

Christopher Jobson

So what did you do when you were six? I played with Legos, watched a TV show called 3-2-1 Contact, and ate Trix cereal. That was pretty much my day-to-day. But this fearless child is on a road less traveled. His name is Enal and he lives with an Indonesian fishing community known as the Bajau Laut. In this photo captured by James Morgan, he swims with sharks in a penned off area underneath his home that rests on stilts in Wangi, Indonesia. Via the photographer’s web site:

Whilst few young children are now born on boats, the ocean is still very much their playground and whilst they are getting conflicted messages from their communities, who simultaneously refrain from spitting in the ocean and continue to dynamite its reefs, I still believe they could play a crucial role in the development of western marine conservation practices. Here Enal plays with his pet shark.

The next time I tense up watching my three-year-old son do something audacious in the park or walk out “too far” into the deeper end of the swimming pool, I think this image will seriously put things into perspective. Time to get some pet sharks. The photograph won the Telegraph’s 2010 Travel Photographer of the Year award. Seriously, look at that smile! (via lustik)