Documentary

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Documentary Photography

Aerial Bicycle

April 15, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Spotted this on Designspiration but can’t track down a source. Anyone?

 

 



Craft Documentary

Machine’s Waltz: A look inside the Paramount Têxteis textile plant

April 8, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A short film showing the assorted machines used to create fabric inside the Paramount Têxteis textile plant. The film was created and produced by Grafikonstruct, and the music was composed by Lucas Lima.

 

 



Documentary Photography

Martin Wunderwald

April 7, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Just happened upon the photographs of Martin Wunderwald out of Dresden, Germany. See more of his work here.

 

 



Documentary Photography

Birds of Prey

April 7, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Exquisite bird photographs by Canadian photographer Troy Moth. His series of ocean photos, In These Waters, is also incredible. (via the best part)

 

 



Amazing Documentary

The Parking Lot

March 7, 2011

Christopher Jobson

After getting several recommendations from friends I finally caught The Parking Lot this weekend via Netflix streaming. This absurd documentary follows a couple of philosophers, poets, musicians and other social outcasts who man a small, seemingly inconsequential parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tension rises, deep introspection begins and hilarity ensues. Do yourself a favor and give it a watch.

 

 



Documentary Photography

Yozo Takada

February 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

If you’re still feeling the vibe from the Earth Hour video, you’ll like these wind farm photos by Japanese photographer Yozo Takada. Takada has a mysterious and delicate approach to capturing such large and imposing machines. Beautiful.

 

 



Design Documentary

Float

February 7, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Float is an upcoming documentary about the world of indoor rubber powered model airplanes. After watching it and doing some reading online, I’ve learned that the people who compete in free flight duration aeronautics are a special breed. Imagine spending 40 years of your life building self-propelled airplanes that weigh as much as a paperclip but maintain altitude for over 30 minutes. Oh, and you’d like to compete with others who do the same thing? Just catch the next flight to Serbia.

Current designs of these airplanes can fly for over 30 minutes on a single wound rubber motor, and the world record for time aloft is over one hour. These planes fly indoors, in large open spaces such as sporting arenas and aircraft and blimp hangers. The majority of participants in this hobby are over the age of 50, and the hobby itself is aging. As the digital age envelopes the younger generations, this hobby is becoming a lost art.

The goal of FLOAT is to document the hobby in its current state, and most importantly bring much needed attention and an injection of new and excited participants to help perpetuate this beautiful hobby.

According to the producers the final release date is still to be determined. As the interest in model airplanes has waned, so have the sporadic competitions from which footage can be shot, so keep an eye out at film festivals in a year or so. You can learn more about Float on their Kickstarter page. (thnx, tim!)

 

 

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Sailing Ship Kite