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Photography

Frenetic Urban Time-lapse Videos of Shanghai, Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur by Rob Whitworth

June 8, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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It is almost impossible these days to click around the web without running into the work of filmmaker and architectural photographer Rob Whitworth who spends months at a time filming immersive time-lapse videos in some of Asia’s largest cities. Whitworth is currently based in Shanghai where he recently completed his latest film, This is Shangai in conjunction with JT Singh. While often extremely fast-paced it’s amazing to see the filmmaker’s camera move so effortlessly through space, a trick he achieves with the use of extremely high-powered telephoto lenses and other filming techniques. I’ve included two additional videos above which you many have seen elsewhere but are certainly worth another view.

Update: You can read a great interview with Rob over at Asia Blog.

 

 

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Science

The Visual Patterns of Audio Frequencies Seen through Vibrating Sand

June 6, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Youtube user Brusspup (previously here and here) who often explores the intersection between art and science just released this new video featuring the Chladni plate experiment. First a black metal plate is attached to a tone generator and then sand is poured on the plate. As the speaker is cycled through various frequencies the sand naturally gravitates to the area where the least amount of vibration occurs causing fascinating geometric patterns to emerge. There’s actually a mathematical law that determines how each shape will form, the higher the frequency the more complex the pattern.

 

 



Art

John Merritt Can Carve Almost Anything Out of a Single Piece of Wood

June 6, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This video has been around for a bit but it was new to me. Woodcarver John Merrit carves just about anything you can imagine out of a single piece of wood. He doesn’t do it for money, just the challenge of creating insanely intricate pieces as gifts for his wife, friends, or simply a personal sense of achievement. As the video went on my jaw dropped at how nonchalantly he presents each increasingly amazing object with a sense of “oh yeah, this old thing”. (via the awesomer)

 

 



Animation

Animator Ian Padgham Flourishes Within Vine’s 6-Second Recording Limit

June 5, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Since launching early last year the popular video recording app Vine has found itself capturing the height of world conflicts, the candid moments of celebrities, and the whimsical short films of creative artists.

One such person is Twitter video producer Ian Padgham who maximizes the use of every fractional second permitted by Vine’s brief 6-second recording limit. A master of stop motion, he often relies on a small wooden artist’s model which he manipulates to create surprisingly humanistic motion—an extraordinary feat given the linear nature of Vine. Make one tiny mistake halfway through and your recording is ruined. No editing allowed.

Padgham used Vine to shoot everything from 360 degree panoramas of Alcatraz to absurdly detailed nods to Eadweard Muybridge. Flooded with comments from other users as to the animator’s secrets, he’s also shot a few ‘how to’ clips showing some of his techniques. (via laughing squid)

 

 



Art Documentary Photography

Back to the Future: A Documentary Short on Irina Werning’s Viral Photography Project

June 4, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Back to the Future is a documentary short about Argentinean photographer Irina Werning’s incredible photography project where she recreates cherished old photographs of people. I always assumed that Werning must be obsessed with details to take photos that so closely resembled images made decades earlier, but I didn’t expect the amount of labor that goes into making a single shot. From arranging the right wardrobe, to creating backdrops and perfectly mimicked bad lighting, let alone traveling to meet each of her subjects, each photograph is really a significant undertaking. Filmed by Jamie Jassett.

 

 



Art

30 Hour Drawing Time-lapse by Paul White

May 28, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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I love to watch artists work and this time-lapse video by Australian artist Paul White white is no exception. Filmed by Johnny Blank over 30 hours it captures White working on a pencil drawing of a single wrecked vehicle, a theme of transportation meets decay that plays a prominent role in much of his artwork. The video was shown as part of a recent presentation at Semi-Permanent in Sydney earlier this month and is best viewed full-screen with HD turned on so you can see the finer details. See much more of his work here.