May 29, 2012

A crumbling piece of visual art

If you live in Sydney, Australia you're in for a treat during the Vivid LIVE 2012 festival now through June 11. For the rest of us, this video gives a glimpse into an innovative art installation by the German art collective URBANSCREEN. According to the Sydney Opera House website, the Lighting the Sails piece has takes the "art of light projection, video mapping and motion graphics to extraordinary heights." I'd have to agree!

Here's a behind the scenes interview with the artists about another amazing installation combining public architecture with visual art. I dig the temporary nature of these works of art - it's all about the experience!

Shout out to my brother-in-law Greg who sent me a link to the video! 

May 28, 2012

Color - Radiolab Will Blow Your Mind

Behind the Scenes - Mark Wallace Speedlights 101 on creativeLIVE

As photographers we pay so much attention to perfecting our colors when post-processing our images. And yet how do I know that those "perfect" colors to me are the same to you? We don't. Consider the child's question, "Why is the sky blue?" I just listened to an episode of the podcast Radiolab - Color - and hope to entice you to share my newfound addiction to the show. 

"If a dog and a human and a sparrow were to be staring at a rainbow, would they be seeing very different things?" "Yes." Humans see seven colors in the rainbow. A dog's rainbow is limited to blue and green. The sparrow's rainbow expands from ultraviolet from extremely red - starts earlier and ends later across the color spectrum. Then there's the mantis shrimp, who have the most complicated visual system of anything we know, yet do they have the ability to see the beauty in this crazy expansive world of color? Take a colorful exploration of the mind with these ideas and more in this episode:

I recently discovered Radiolab when photographer Mark Wallace was in Seattle for his Speedlights 101 workshop at creativeLIVE. His enthusiasm when talking about the podcast and everything he has learned had me run home and start downloading episodes. The episodes take you through incredible mind journeys. As Mark said, just as you think you've understood where they are going, they take you through twists and turns down a rabbit hole. 

On Radiolab, "science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each episode of Radiolab is an investigation - a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea."  Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. Check out the podcast on iTunes. Follow Radiolab on Facebook and Twitter.

As Mark Wallace told me, Radiolab will blow your mind. Thank you Mark for sending me on a new educational exploration - far beyond the world of photography! I'm officially addicted.