Photographer Vincent Laforet climbed 7,500 feet (2,300 meters) above Manhattan to take these incredible aerial shots in what he describes was the most dangerous flight he’d ever taken. Helicopters are just not aerodynamic enough to hover steadily at such high altitudes but the results of this adventure are clearly more than worth it. He’s given us a rarely seen perspective of the wholeness of the city with its tangled streets in the downtown area and the highly defined grid of mid-and-uptown. The differently illuminated areas around Times Square/Madison Square Garden and the World Trade Center stand out clearly against the evenly lit-up grid of streets around them.
Vincent Laforet who previously worked as a staff photographer for The New York Times believes that architects and urban planners would benefit from looking at cities from such a perspective and improve their understanding of the intricate workings of these densely populated areas.
Accidentally came across this awesome video “GO” by Joshua Morin while researching Indonesia. Stunning visuals and a great talent in video making comes across in this short account of a trip from Dubai to Indonesia. The transition at 0:40 is one of my favorite parts of this video by the end is quite worth it too. Great attention to detail and capture of the essence of the place.
A weekend treat for all music people with these sleek beats and an awesome motion graphics video. Super simple concept brought about in a terrific package with just a vinyl record and a Technics turntable.
Lary “future deutsche welle” animated-picture-disc designed by typeholics.com. Performed by lary, released on chimperator, filmed and edited by paulsboutique.tv. Only visible through a camera with high shutter speed or with strobelight.
Over 100 water tanks will be wrapped in the next few months (many of which have already been done) with art by established artists including John Baldessari, Jeff Koons, Maya Lin, Andy Goldsworthy, street artists such as Icy & Sot, Barry McGee, and Fab 5 Freddy, emerging artists, and even NYC public school students.
The project which was started by filmmaker Mary Jordan after her trip to Ethiopia in 2007. After working on her documentary there, she fell ill due to a contamination in the water she was drinking. The women who nursed her back to health asked her to raise awareness in the Western World to the fact that 1 billion people still don’t have access to clean water. Upon her return to NYC, Mary Jordan saw the iconic water tanks as that canvas of focusing the attention on how important this source of life is that we oftentimes take for granted.
At The Water Tank Project website you can see a map of all the tanks that have been wrapped already and check them out while walking around the streets.
Young Turkish photographer Erkin Demir blends beautifully expressive portraits with architectural and natural landscapes. The result is a black and white essay on personality and the free flight thought. Educated in Business Administration, Erkin took up photography following a great interest in the Visual Arts. Fashion photography became a passion but creative portraits prove to be a realm of great attention and dedication for the young artist.
The portraits are along the same lines as the work of another previously featured young artist on Epistrophy. Aneta Ivanova‘s work shares similar sensibility and a masterful blend of architecture, landscapes and human form.
Os Gemeos have done it again and this time more successful than ever. As part of the Vancouver Biennale they were commissioned to let their imaginations loose on an old concrete factory. Visible from a newly developed part of the city, the silos turned instantly into six of the distinct characters Os Gemeos have turned into a staple in the past years. The murals are located on the six gigantic industrial Ocean Concrete silos on Vancouver’s Granville Island – a location that attracts 10.5 million viewers from around the world every year, making it one of the biggest public art sites ever.
This is the biggest (largest in area and height) mural by the Brazilian twins and have taken a month of hard work to complete. All the time spent on the project was donated by the artists who spent the last days adding intricate detail to their “giants” like stitches and buttons.
Previous work by the artists featured on Epistrophy can be enjoyed here.
Absolutely beautiful short film by illustrator, comic book artist and animation filmmaker Nils Knoblich.
A prisoner receives the message that his old father needs help with tilling the field. In his desperate situation the prisoner suddenly has the idea to use the guards to till his dad’s land.
In this paper crafted animation short cardboard box characters tell a story about the relationship between a dad and his son. It’s a parable about the assignment of roles of parents and children and the conflicts of physical separation and their communication. And a response to violence of privacy by governmental institutions.
Best International Animated Short Award at Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey, MEX
Winner of Audience award in the category Animated and Experimental films Students at GoEast Wiesbaden, DE
Yuhan College President Prize – Puchon International Student Animation Festival, KOR
Direction & Design: Nils Knoblich
Script: Nils Knoblich & Stephan Hanf
Production: Nils Knoblich & Stephan Hanf & Kunsthochschule Kassel
Animation: Nils Knoblich, Florian Maubach, Olga Gelwer
Set and Puppet Construction: Florian Maubach, Olga Gelwer, Marie Kersting
Music Production: Georg Conrad
Violin: Josefine Knoblich
Sound Effects: Steffen Martin
Artistic Advice: Thomas Meyer-Hermann, Martina Bramkamp, Hendrik Dorgathen
Funded by Hessische Filmförderung
Upclose photographs taken by biochemist Linden Gledhill (flickr feed here, carefully documented with the Latin names of each species) reveal the depths of the intrinsic beauty we ascribe to insect wings such as butterflies and moths.
An almost endless variety of colors blend on their surface, which resemble a hybrid between flower petals and fish scales. Brightly colored to attract species of the same kind and at the same time hide from predators, these insect have developed a beautiful, ultra lightweight wing system.
About the author:
“Linden Gledhill is a biochemist by training, working for a large international pharmaceutical company developing biopharmaceuticals (protein molecules) to treat cancer and diabetes, but his true passion is photography.
He is completely enchanted by the physical world around him and obsessed by its natural beauty. His career in science has magnified this feeling of awe. For him, photography is a way to capture this physical beauty and to pass this feeling on to others.”