A kind of you.
So. I’m back from Burning Man 2013, with thousands of photos to process. A very difficult and challenging year, but some decent photos turned up.
Here’s a sneak preview of 8 shots! Including a photograph taken inside a burning building, using a homemade enclosure.
Very nicely done. http://lightspin.ca/dance
And if the dubstep-like soundtrack doesn’t work for you, the making-of documentary is a bit calmer.
The super-luxurious mondo giant sized edition of Sebastião Salgado’s new book, Genesis. On display at the Taschen store, London, for his book signing. In case it’s not obvious how huge this book is, those are power sockets down on the floor. It’s 18×27 inches in size.
Gorgeous photos, but I went for the standard merely large edition. More practical, you see.
The British Museum has a fascinating exhibition on right now of Ice Age art - sculptures and artefacts created by our ancient ancestors tens of thousands of years ago. There’s tons of amazing stuff on show, but one of the most fascinating things to me was a simple bone disc.
The disc is carved with a picture of a bovine animal on each side. And there’s a hole in the middle. But the two images on each side line up perfectly.
So the theory is that this was essentially a really incredibly early thaumatrope. You know the simple trick of drawing a bird on one side of a card and a cage on the other? You then attach the card to two cords and spin it around its axis, and persistence of vision causes the two images to superimpose in our mind, creating the illusion of a caged bird. These were “invented” in the early 1800s.
Apparently not. It seems that persistence of vision was actually being exploited by ancient humans thousands upon thousands of years ago. Amazing.
(note: this isn’t an April Fools Day post - I just happened to visit the museum today!)
Apparently an an ordinary consumer camera, encased in a waterproof diving shell, has survived a 5 year journey across the oceans!
My photos from the Burning Man 2012 festival are now online!
The BBC have a fascinating article posted discussing the very real problem of how our brains can vividly recall events that never happened - based on simple fake photos. A really interesting read!
Self-illuminated. But a crazy 14 hour exposure! Awesome!