Icons. Famous Photos In Miniature.

last year for Paris Photo 2014 at the Grand Palais, Swiss artists Jehoiakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger recreated a series of historical famous photographs in miniature. The photos capture the icons and guiding stars of photography’s 175 years in existence. Starting with the first photo made by Nicéphore Niépce in 1827, to a spectators snap shot of the twin towers on September 11, 2001.

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Every field has its icons, guiding stars, which reflect the spirit of time in form, media and content, and resume the time history. So the photography as well.

175 years lay between the private photographer’s glimpse on the backyard in Burgundy Chalon-sur-Saône by Nicéphore Niépce in 1827 and the impotent spectator’s perspective on the exploding Twin Towers in New York. One icon is the result of a long scholar research for the original, for the mythical fountain of photography. The other picture of 9/11 is the beacon of a clash of cultures, the destruction of a myth with which each cinematic fiction has been outbid. Both photographs – as well as others: Wright Brothers on their first powered flight in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, the fateful march of the British in 1916 near Ypres, the singular resistance against state power on the Tiananmen Square in 1989 in Beijing, the end of civil supersonic flying with the crash of the Concorde in Paris in 2000 – are reference images from which the historical importance or the question of reality can be examined. After 2001, the medium of photography has lost a lot of authenticity due to its digital, any changeable structure. You can trust the pictures even less than before; Reality can also be constructed, even twice: see Loch Ness.

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Just because the iconic power of reference images is sacrosanct they suit for parody. Cortis & Sonderegger wide photographically resized venues again as spatial events. It is a mischievous design of deconstruction. Subsequently, the model is again reduced to the photographic surface, a reproduced second-order reality. While leading the visual track in a localizable past, at the same time battling this renewed (photographic) reality with her fading memory and becomes a claim without regard to the original artifact. World history degenerates into a playground, framed with the props from the studio, toolbox and archive. Just the cynical diminutive for short story points out that world history was as just not, even if we perceive it so from afar, mediated by icons.

Fritz Franz Vogel”

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TENA Men are in Control.

Stellar writing, great visuals, nice VFX work, and a lot of humor make this ad forfor TENA Men work. This really is a funny spot that feels like some of the Old Spice ads from a few years back partly because of the delivery of the lines. I really like the fact that the product isn’t even mentioned until the end, and by that point they have you hooked, so the product stays with you. The Mill, Biscuit Films and director Jeff Low did a great job of putting this together for AMV BBDO and TENA Men.

Bucketboard’s Do the Green Thing.

This is a great little short video that was commissioned by  Do the Green Thing and World Wildlife Fund-UK for part of the “Everyday Things” collection. The collection features 15 artists from around the world that are asked to take everyday objects and repurpose them in a useful way and show how creativity can lead the way in encouraging people to live a greener lifestyle. The video is pretty self explanatory about how Bucketboard was born and did just that. Aside from the great cause, cool product, and greener world, this video  is an editing treat. Lots of cuts and retimed clips that help set and keep the pace through out the the 2 and a half minute short.

Shot and directed by Mac Premo
Edited by Ann Lupo
Production team: Pete Treiber, Adrianna Dufay and Divya Gadangi
Sound design by Mac Premo and Ann Lupo
Sound mixed, mastered and greatly enhanced by Luciano Vignola
Shot in Leucadia, Encinitas and Carlsbad, California on location at Sanford Shapes

Wonderful WonderCube.

I love well designed multi-function things that make my life easier and better. In this case I am specifically talking about WonderCube a one inch cube that can charge, sync, light, read a memory card, stand, function as a portable drive, and connect to any USB device for your phone. At 50 bucks it is totally worth it, if for no other reason than the emergency charge your phone with a 9Volt battery feature. Right now you can pre-order the cube on Indiegogo until April 15th. I think I am going to get 2 of them. Yes I’m that impressed.

Flowers. Just in time for spring.

OK this is pretty impressive. The timelapse video below is made up from 9624 shots 5K RAW images shot over a 4 month period of time. From the look of the video, it looks as though the images were composited over the patterned background but I might be wrong about that. Created by Thomas Blanchard, the 4 minute clip is a wonderful representation of the genre and the vintage patterned backgrounds really make this video pop. For info on the music and other info, click through to Vimeo for additional links.

Here is the list of flowers that are featured in the video along with the length of each clip.

Pink wedding flowers: 353 pics, interval 11 minutes
Pink : 248 pics, interval 13 minutes
Purple Lilies : 246 pics, interval 8 minutes
White Amaryllis : 343 pics, interval 8 minutes
Red Lilie : 353 pics, interval 8 minutes
White Amaryllis : 305 pics, interval 6 minutes
Pink Lilie : 649 pics, interval 10 minutes
White Hyacinth : 332 pics, interval 8 minutes
Red Amaryllis : 340 pics, interval 9 minutes
Whites Amaryllis : 370 pics, interval 8 minutes
Orange Lilies : 342 pics, interval 10 minutes
Alstroemeria : 555 pics, interval 10 minutes
Blue Iris : 346 pics, interval 8 minutes
Daffodils : 417 pics, interval 5 minutes
Freesia : 612 pics, interval 10 minutes
White Lilies : 503 pics, interval 10 minutes
Pink Hyacinth : 636 pics, interval 7 minutes
Red Amaryllis : 259 pics, interval 8 minutes
White Lilie : 249 pics, interval 10 minutes
Tulips : 1379 pics, interval 5minutes
Amaryllis (Nymph) : 787 pics, interval 8 minutes

A Colorless World Brought to you by Dulux.

UK paint company Dulux has released a new TV spot where the world is a colorless environment that reminds me of some Orwellian future world. According to a study that Dulux commissioned, the United Kingdom is “sleepwalking into a colorless future, with color gradually draining out of all elements of life.” I don’t really see that, but it makes for a great ad.

BBH London and director Daniel Wolfe teamed up with London based Glassworks to produce the spot which in the behind the scenes videos you’ll see was a massive undertaking. The spot is really well produced and feels like the trailer to a Hollywood blockbuster. The behind the scenes stuff though is really fascinating, and sheds light on the production that went into making this all come together.

Wafer Thin

Designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for japanese manufacturer Matsuso T the Wafer chair combines alternating light and dark wood stripes of walnut and maple. Presented earlier this year at imm cologne 2015 the chair and collection is simply stunning. Technically challenging to manufacture Matsuso T has seamlessly blended the sections together into a smooth constant shape where the flat planes morph perfectly with the leg assembly creating stunning geometry.

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The primary theme theme of the Wafer chair and coordinating collection is based on the combination of contrasting light and dark wood which create a bold graphical statement. The name Wafer refers to both the visual effect and the wafer thin edges of each piece. The Wafer chair has the broadest selection of stripes of all three of the pieces. It’s wafer thin edges taper inward to the main section which is substantially thicker, yet that thickness is hidden by the overall shape of the chair creating yet another optical illusion.

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Wafer truly shows off Matsuso T’s manufacturing prowess. The chair is produced by a combination of 3-d cutting and hand finishing. Each piece is solid wood, in order to achieve the quality that Matsuso T requires and produce the optical effect the stripes create. Frankly I don’t think you could create something with these kinds of lines and geometry using MDF and veneer, at least not with this striking of an effect.

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