Christof and Tina made a killer goulash. Good enough and in enough quantity that the two huge pots fed half the downtown fashion crew at Mario Sorrenti’s holiday party. Not at all the bland stuff we were fed in the school cafeteria back in seventies Sweden – no this was filled with deep swirling ancient Hungarian flavor.
Halfway through the night the light goes down and a firedancer shows up. I reflexively let my little LX3 capture a couple of takes of the dancing fireballs.
If one photographer captures an event at another photographer’s studio – is that a remix?
I kept thinking about remixes and what remixing photographs and video will become – how can we remix images in the same wonderful way that people are remixing songs. I decided to try to remix the few clips captured and see what image manipulation can really do to the result. I used the crackling artifacts of pixel motion and other filters in after effects until all that is left of the image is two soft blurs floating on the screen.
Dedicating the piece to Angela – I scoured the internet for all the remixes of Art Of Noise’s Moments In Love. The soundtrack cuts together strings, beatbox and drum n base versions of this wonderful 80′s masterpiece.
The video takes advantage of the new instructions of how you upload and embed HD videos to YouTube. If you don’t have a fast enough connection you can watch it in ordinary YouTube quality here.
This is the first photograph that made me realize that photography is an art and not just about taking pictures at holidays.
When I was six years old our family took a trip to the south of Sweden. We stayed at a hostel in Haväng by the sea. On the short walk to the beach you walk over this field with a single tree on it. Every day my dad was talking about having to take a picture of this tree. In many ways my dad is a kind of Zen master of simplicity – he can eat the simplest foods, take a hot bath or watch a sunset – and that is all he needs. He never got caught up in the kind of ambitious struggles that a lot of us do, he says the art of life is in how you live it – not what you become. I can still see him hunched over his Ikoflex making this unbeatable masterpiece. So for all the years to come – in the midst of our family album of drunken relatives, awkward confirmation poses, the odd austronaut and Christmas trips to aunt Jenny – there was this one perfect image of a lonely tree.
Ever since I went to that holiday party with the fire dancer I have spent some time pulling some video files through the pixelmotion timewarper in after effects. Here are some stills as a preview of the delicious artifacts that happen if you push it to the extreme.
There should be a video sample in a bit, as it sort of is a remix of images i was thinking to put it to remixes to “moments in love” by Art of Noise.
By the way, have you seen how it feels like Jim Carrey stole his affectations from Max Headroom in Paranomia
One theme that emerged from the suggestions to my first post was to include my creative process “something that show’s how your mind works” or “Inspirations which were leading to that very image”.
In the spirit of that I thought I could show a video that I normally wouldn’t post on the web for all to see – this is a video that I do for myself and the people I work with. It is basically the elements that I have gathered so far in the making of “Blacksmith” (working title) . I do this kind of thing a lot, I put together stuff in a very raw form and look at it to see where to go next.
Here I just threw together the first costume session with the three actors and a light test I did of the location to see how the clothes and the environment work together with the casting – then put that to an urban industrial beat – this way maybe we can all get a little preview vibe of where the project is going stylistically.
And yeah, that is me sometimes as I was mostly alone doing the lighting test – I also tested this anamorphic lens adapter and wanted to see how it looked up close – why not do some insane expressions and throw smoke around from a $40 Halloween store smoke machine – to make it look interesting.