The winning entry to build China’s Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 is a stunning reinterpretation of a public space. Designed in collaboration between Tsinghua University and New York-based Studio Link-Arc, the duo rejected the notion of a typical pavilion, and instead came up with a structure that resembles billowing fields of wheat. It’s a thoughtful and creative twist on the Expo’s theme, “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life.” According to the architects, the 5,000-square-meter space entitledLand of Hope is centered around the idea that, “hope can be realized when nature and the city exist in harmony.”
The Pavilion’s floating roof plays a large role in capturing the spirit of the Expo. Conceptually, the undulating form merges the city skyline to the building’s north with the natural landscape to the south. It’s designed as a timber structure that references the raised-beam system found in traditional Chinese architecture, and is clad in bamboo shingled panels to reference the country’s terracotta roof construction.
Inside, there will be exhibitions and cultural offerings from the 40 Chinese provinces. The centerpiece of it all is the “field of hope,” a multimedia installation that’s a landscape of LED “stalks” meant to mimic the form of wheat. After visitors have taken in the Pavilion’s sights, sounds, and short films, they can stand on a raised platform outside and enjoy the expansive views of the Expo’s grounds.
What may look like an example of Photoshop trickery was actually created by throwing some high powered glow sticks into the waterfalls of California. Using long exposure that would range from 30 seconds to 7 minutes, San Francisco-based photographers Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard transformed the waterfalls into nocturnal underwater rainbows.
“This project came from months of refining a simple idea that finally turned into a concept worthy of using for an entire series,” says Kristoffer. “We were both fascinated by artificial light such as glow sticks, lasers, flares, and being big on landscape photography we tied them together in hopes of creating something that we had never seen before,” added the artist.
Even though neon lights is something completely unnatural and unrelated to the settings of the photoshoots, the final results in their ‘Neon Luminance‘ series are very harmonious.
The ‘From the Lenz’ artist duo also worked on lighting the nature around the waterfalls, and used various head lamps, road flares and even taking advantage of the moonlight: “Although this series was meant to focus mostly on glow sticks in waterfalls, we are exploring the idea of creating artificially lit landscapes in general as well, such as mountains, lakes, tree lines, grass fields and caves,” Mr Abildgaard added.
This is a film by budding Irish film maker Ciaran Mcillhatton. The piece which was made in four days on a shoe string budget has been getting good reviews in the Belfast Film Festival.
Unknown to the mainstream, Ciaran a trained Physicist, has been steadily making progress within the underground film industry in Northern Ireland, a budding film industry with the emergence of Game of Thrones and the infamous Titanic Studios.
I asked Ciaran what camera he used to shoot the video and this was his response “on a Panasonic GH2. 14mm – 140mm f4.0-5.6 and 14mm f2.5 with wide angle adapter to 11mm lenses”… This level of detail is what many believe will boost Ciaran into the mainstream or that sub genre of film currently occupied by films such as Christoper Nolan’s Memento and Inception and most recently Danny Boyle’s Trance.
Ciaran describes working on the piece below:
“I tried making the piece as accurate to the final scene of Memento as possible. By trying to work out how to match the shots and style as close as possible it forces you to think about every aspect of the set up such as Lighting, lens choice and camera movement. After doing that you see the amount of effort required to make each shot look the way it does then you can see the reasons why the director chose to film this way and then understand the type of lighting, lenses and angles adds to the plot and unraveling of the story”.
Also as the piece was made for a competition and only had four days to work on producing it for the deadline, some of the audio and video quality is “not great” however Ciaran has started working on the proper edit recently and it will be ready very soon.
Although the film is not properly edited or finished, there must be a level of appreciation for the styles and quality of some of the shots in the film. Also the backdrop of the whole piece is authentic and very close to the original.
You can also tell from his work that Ciaran is a trained Physicist by trade therefore Directors such as Christoper Nolan and Danny Boyle and directors who dabble in the filming the subconscious may beware as one day the student may most certainly become the master.
Canada-based photographer Matt Molloy brings sky photography to a new level. By stacking hundreds of separate sky shots he is able to achieve an incredible brush-like effect. Each final picture in his “Smeared Sky” series is a result of combining from 100 to 200 photographs.
The number of pictures he uses depends on various factors, such as weather conditions, cloudiness, or whether the object in the picture is moving or static. “Sometimes the clouds are moving quick and there’s lots of them. If I stack too many photos from a timelapse like that, it can get a little messy,” says Matt, adding that it’s usually mid day timelapses that cause more problems.
Matt has been shooting timelapses for over three years now: “For every day that I don’t shoot a timelapse, I probably shoot two the next day,” he says. What draws Matt to this process most is the experimenting, as you never know what you’re going to get in the end. That’s especially true with the sunsets, as the sky gets increasingly darker – but Matt says these timelapses seem to work very well.
Our first Artist of the week and with these inspiring images well deserved too!
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