Paris Through Pentax: An Adventure Through A Viewfinder

When visiting an unfamiliar city it’s always fascinating to see it through the eyes of a local. A resident of the city has an ability to show you the special places, avoiding the cliché destinations and nonsense that interests the common tourist. This is the feeling I get when I’m watching this beautifully shot short film, Paris Through Pentax.

Maison Carnot frames the video through the viewfinder of a Pentax 67, an approach that makes for an incredibly different way of looking at things. We’re all so used to taking photos with our phones these days but the viewfinder of the Pentax has such a romantic feeling to it. It’s both active and full of life but antiquated in a lot of ways. I also like that you can see the photographers hands in each shot which gives it a human element. Every now and then you see the hands keeping the focus on the subject. A subtle touch that adds to the feeling of it all.

Take me to Paris.

Paris Through Pentax by Maison Carnot

Bobby Solomon

August 28, 2014 / By

‘In The Sea and Near A Girl’, An Abstract Tale of Love by Masanobu Hiraoka

It’s hard to accurately describe love. It’s messy. It’s confusing. It’s a frenzy of emotions that can wash over you in an instant. Japanese director Masanobu Hiraoka, along with Barcelona based composer Aimar Molero, have together created a short film which captures all of those feelings in an orgy of colors and sexual innuendo. The combination of the frenetic images paired with the serene music is an interesting juxtaposition that feels wet and aqueous. You can’t help but be sucked into this.

'In The Sea and Near A Girl', An Abstract Tale of Love by Masanobu Hiraoka

'In The Sea and Near A Girl', An Abstract Tale of Love by Masanobu Hiraoka

Bobby Solomon

August 26, 2014 / By

Watch Jim Henson’s Experimental Animation “Drums West” From 1961

Came across this amazing animation by Jim Henson that he made back in 1961 using cut-paper. It was created in his home studio in Bethesda, MD and was one of several experiment shorts inspired by jazz musician Chico Hamilton. I love the build-up of energy that he was able to capture and how he was able to visualize the sounds so perfectly.

Jim Henson's Experimental Video 'Drums West' From 1961

Bobby Solomon

August 20, 2014 / By

Watch The Full Length Version of ‘Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland’, For Free

Back in October of 2011, a small group of filmmakers, photographers and musicians travelled to the remote countryside of Iceland to document their experience, titling the film Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland. The film features photographers Tim Navis and Kim Holtermand, as well the electronic composer Deru – who composed and curated an original score based on field recordings from the trip. Now you can watch their experience in it’s entirety, which they’ve posted on Vimeo, and which I’ve embedded above.

Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland

If you enjoyed the film you should also check out the soundtrack that Deru put together, which features his original compositions as well as music from other great artists like John Talbot, Shigeto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Son Lux, Asura, Heathered Pearls, and lots more. It’s only $9 on Bandcamp, totally worth the price of two fancy coffees.

Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland

Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland

Bobby Solomon

August 19, 2014 / By

‘Tone’ – A Short Film That Focuses On The Art of Painting, Not The Painting Itself

New York filmmaker Trent Jaklitsch has created a remarkable short film that documents the minutia of painting. Rather than focusing on the canvas the film focuses on the act of art making, the mixing of paint and subtle strokes that go into a larger whole.

The artist being filmed is painter Alyssa Monks who creates really wonderful large scale portraits of people. Her work is quite expressive and loose but filled with nuance and detail. It’s so interesting seeing all the details that are featured in the video and how they transform into one large, cohesive paintings.

Trent Jaklitsch

Trent Jaklitsch

Trent Jaklitsch

Bobby Solomon

August 14, 2014 / By

A Short Video That Reconceptualizes The Very Idea of Birds

Why do birds look the way they do? Its not very often that we question the whys of fundamental things, concepts we take for granted because it’s what we’re accustomed to. The team at Zeitguised have done just that in their playful short video Birds. They ponder if birds were made of soap bubbles, created out of leaves, had bodies made up of egg shells, and perhaps the deepest question of all: What if a bird was made out of birdhouse? Watch these bold ideas below.

'Birds' by Zeitguised

'Birds' by Zeitguised

Bobby Solomon

August 12, 2014 / By

An Animated Book Trailer for the Italian Release of Haruki Murakami’s Upcoming Novel

An Animated Book Trailer for the Italian Release of Haruki Murakami's Upcoming Novel

Following up on Nick’s fantastic piece on Haruki Murakami’s new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, reader Fabio Valesini sent me a link to a trailer he animated for the Italian release of the book. It’s interesting to see such a different take on the material compared to the Knopf/Harvill Secker that Penguin Random House is putting out.

An Animated Book Trailer for the Italian Release of Haruki Murakami's Upcoming Novel

Though I haven’t read the book yet it feels like Fabio has certainly captured that ethereal, kinda weird Murakami feeling. When I read his work I always get this sense of alien mystery, that you’re never sure what might happen next, which is reflected in the trailer. Really nice work.

Bobby Solomon

August 7, 2014 / By

The Kakimori Stationery Shop Gives People A Reason To Write Things Down

The Kakimori Stationery Shop

It certainly feels like the act of handwriting is being lost. I’ll never be the person who says something is “dead” though clearly computers have decreased our need for writing by hand. If you could see my handwriting you’d understand just how sad the situation has become. Still, you have hold-outs like the Kakimori Stationery Shop in Tokyo who still see life in the practice. They see the shops purpose as creating a richer experience for communication as well as giving people a reason to write things down.

Kakimori Stationery Shop

Each item in the shop is researched and hand-selected as customers tend to ask detailed questions about how and where the products are made. They had originally tried carrying mass-market products but they couldn’t compete against the larger chains, eventually going back stocking only the finest in pens, papers, and accessories. Now they also make custom made notebooks, you can see the owner assembling each by hand.

Though you may not take up writing notes by hand again it’s nice to see there are still people out there who are passionate about the experience.

Bobby Solomon

July 31, 2014 / By

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