Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tokyo: The Magnificent, The Surreal, & The Beautiful

Samuel Cockedey is a French photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Aside from the beautifully shot photographs featured on his website, he has created four amazing high definition time lapse videos of Tokyo.

As the title of this post implies, the videos portray Tokyo in a way that i have not seen before. With their surreal music and vivid colors, the videos are a celebration of the sheer size, beauty, magic and wonder of the mega metropolis that is called Tokyo.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

3D Portraits Made Out of Regular Screw Nails

Today I discovered the interesting work of the sculptor & painter Andrew Myers. He creates some really interesting sculptures, but the most fascinating is when he uses regular everyday screw nails to create interesting portraits that literally come out their two dimensional frames.

After drawing his portraits on regular plywood, Andrew creates thousands of pre-screwed holes by hand covering the entire surface of the portrait. Andrew, then, drives the screw nails through the holes at varying depths to create a very cool 3D effect. Andrew does not use any computer software to pre-measure the number of nails or their desired depths, but rather relies on his artistic feel and instinct as he still considers his work to be sculpture-like.

Take a look at the below photos and I hope you get amazed as I was when I first saw them.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Castellers in Spain - Quite Impressive !

At the city of Catolina, Spain; traditional festivals always have great displays of castells which are simply human towers in various shapes and forms. Teams of castellers compete in forming very elaborate towers. A castell, which means castle in the Catalan language, is formed when castellers climb on top of other in successive stages to form the different layers of a castell, which are then disassembled by having the layers collapse on top of each other almost like a falling building.

Castells were listed by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

They are quite a unique sight to witness. I hope that one day I can see them first hand.


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