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Incredible Time-lapse Capturing Exterior Painting of Sprawling Russian Industrial Plant

October 1, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Moscow-based filmmaker Sasha Aleksandrov captured this dramatic exterior paint job of what appears to be a cold-war era industrial plant. Aleksandrov shot everything by hand over a period of two months without the use of a steadicam or camera track slider&em;meaning he would move the camera and tripod every few feet, capture some footage, repeat 50 times, then used software to stabilize the final shots. The film takes what must have been a grueling physical process involving countless workers and makes it look almost fun.

 

 



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Sequence

September 27, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A lovely photo series of New York’s Williamsburg Bridge by Brooklyn-based photographer Mon Zamora.

Update: See the colorful ovals pasted to the metal rafters above the bridge? They’re actually part of an ongoing art project called Baji Lives by artist Peter Brock. Thanks to both Hrag and Peter himself for bringing this to my attention!

 

 



Art Photography

New Photography Sculptures by Gwon Osang

September 27, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Korean artist Gwon Osang (previously) unveiled three new sculptures last week as part of the 2011 Artists with Arario exhibition in Seoul. Osang makes a sort of joking mockery of sculpture by overlaying life-sized mannequins with detailed photographs of the original subjects. The results are both strangely realistic and quite bizarre.

 

 



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The North Korean Mass Games Performed by 100,000 People

September 26, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Sam Gellman who is originally from Wisconsin has been living and working in Hong Kong for the past five years. He recently returned from a 4-day trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea where he was able to witness and photograph the Mass Games in Pyongyang. The Mass Games are a meticulously regimented display of gymnastics and other performing arts by nearly 100,000 participants, heavily laden with messages of state-sponsored propaganda. Perhaps the most incredible sight is that of the colorful backdrops consisting of thousands of perfectly placed children who sequentially flip through pieces of paper, creating staggering pictures of flags, horses, and slogans. Ten drunk sports fans with a team name written on their chests this is not. Gellman says via Flickr of the image above:

This shot was taken at the Mass Games, a propaganda-filled 100,000 person choreographed performance of simultaneous dancing and gymnastics on the field of Pyongyang’s May Day stadium. The image in the background of the horse is made up of 20,000 “pixels” which are constantly being changed into new images, each pixel by a different Korean kid. Each time they turn the page to create a new giant picture, they cry out, mixing the shout with the noise of thousands of pages turned at the same moment.

This display, and the forces at work behind it, equally fascinate and terrify me. If you want to see more, Gellman has published nearly 50 photos from his trip.

 

 



Photography

Alexis Perevoschikov

September 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Some really fun, high contrast shots from Russian photographer Alexis Perevoschikov. (via 2headedsnake)

 

 



Photography

The Balloon Hat Experience

September 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Since 2008 balloon artist Addi Somekh and photographer Charlie Eckert have traveled to 34 countries and shot over 10,000 photographs of people wearing balloon hats. After focusing more on balloon twisting than homework in college Somekh began working professionally as a balloon artist, charging wealthy executives up to $150 an hour to make elaborate balloon hats. He also donated the same skill to shelters for battered women and their children where he realized something: both groups, the rich and the poor, were laughing and enjoying his work in the same way. He had struck upon a democratic, neutralizing and powerful force of entertainment and enrichment, and he hatched a plan with his friend Charles to bring that gift to thousands of people across the world. Learn more on their website (flash). Thanks Stephanie for your submission to the Colossal curatorial contest!