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8 December Share your
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2019: A future imagined by Syd Mead

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Technology

Visual Futurist Syd Mead (Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron) reflects upon the nature of creativity and how it drives the future. Photographed in P2 High Definition, this featurette provides insight into the fascinating mind of one of the most influential artists of modern cinema and automotive design.

6 December 3
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Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s cut book art

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration, Literature

I wrote about Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s amazing antique book art earlier this year. Now, here comes his latest work which is also up for grab.

The cut book art has been made by working through the books, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others. The images seen in the finished work, are left standing in the place where they would appear in the complete book. As a final step the book is sealed around the cut, and can no longer be opened.

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25 November Share your
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Julia Rising

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics

Julia Rising by Nuno Caroço:

Work inspired by natural fractals and patterns of visual math. In the essence I just wanted to create an emotional piece that translated the beauty of this forms.

22 November 3
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The Unseen Sea by Simon Christen

Under - Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography

A collection of time lapses by Simon Christen taken around the San Francisco Bay Area roughly shot over the period of one year.

Simon Christen, grew up in Bern, Switzerland, is a professional animator and an aspiring photographer. Having graduated from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, he has worked at studios like Disney and Pixar (where he is currently an animator).

In the past few years I have developed a passion for photography. It started as just browsing portfolios I admired; wondering how their photos were taken, processed, and treated. Eventually I decided to buy my first DSLR and began to experiment on my own, taking thousands of photos to only be satisfied with very few. Over time I have found my eye in some ways, feeling excited each time I catch something worth sharing.

As humans we have the urge to design everything. Once something becomes forgotten and nature starts claiming it back, a very interesting mix of human design and decay happens. I am fascinated by this mix of intricate shapes, unique patterns and colors.

Photography combines two of my passions; being outdoors and CG. Photography is also the perfect creative balance to animation for me. Animation forces me to study movement in great detail, where as photography focuses on a split second in time.

Below are some selected photographs by Simon Christen:

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18 November 26
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Pete Eckert – seeing without sight

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

Pete Eckert was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, and began to lose his sight when he was 28. But, the loss of sight didn’t make this ‘visual person’ lose his soul.

I didn’t take photography seriously until I went totally blind. I was trained in sculpture and industrial design. I have always been a visual person and planned to study architecture at Yale, but then I started to lose my sight. A doctor coolly told me I had Retinitis Pigmentosa and left the room without further comment. While listening to Dr. Dean Edell, on a San Francisco TV network, I learned I would go completely blind. A caller asked about RP. I remember the doctor’s words; they hit me like a hammer. “A person with RP gradually looses their sight until they go completely blind.” There is currently no cure for RP.

It took me two years to recover and figure out what to do. I was a carpenter at the time. I did first-rate work. So I never needed to hunt for a job. None-the-less I worked very little, just enough to pay the rent and for food. My girlfriend, Amy, stood by me during this difficult time. Amy and I were engaged. I worried about the future. At one point I laid out charts graphing the loss of vision over time for her. I told Amy if she left me after we married I wouldn’t hold it against her. She stuck it out. In June we will be married twenty-four years. Thank you Amy.

Source: Artists Wanted – a collaborative project between several New York City artists and creative organizations working to build new lasting opportunities for emerging talent.

17 November 1
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Kashmir – A Skier’s Journey

Under - Geography, Inspiration, Media, Music, Nature, Photography


The first in a series of 3 ski-travel episodes, skiers Chad Sayers and Tobin Seagel travel halfway around the world to Kashmir to ski the high altitude Gulmarg gondola, only to find the snow pack is a ticking time bomb. Never the less, they find safe areas to ski and discover the beauty of Kashmir and the Himalaya – its people and its landscape.

The second and third episodes of ‘A Skier’s Journey’ can be viewed here and here respectively.

2 November 1
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Great Migrations, National Geographic

Under - Geography, Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography


1 November 7
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Jason deCaires Taylor and The Silent Revolution

Under - Art, Geography, Inspiration, Nature

Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures create a unique, absorbing and expansive visual seascape. Highlighting natural ecological processes Taylor’s interventions explore the intricate relationships that exist between art and environment. His works become artificial reefs, attracting marine life, while offering the viewer privileged temporal encounters, as the shifting sand of the ocean floor, and the works change from moment to moment.

Jason deCaires Taylor has gained significant interest and recognition for his unique work, with features in over 1000 publications around the world, including National Geographic, Vogue, USA today, the BBC, and CNN and he has made several TV appearances. His international reputation was established in May 2006, when he created the world’s first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, West Indies, leading to both private and public commissions.

Taylor is currently founder and Artistic Director of the Museo Subacuático del Arte (MUSA) in Cancun, Mexico.

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28 October Share your
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Pace of Life

Under - Inspiration, Media, Nature

How much I love this …

A short video by Scott Julian about an organic farmer choosing to live a simpler life.

23 October 3
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Bottle – a short film by Kirsten Lepore

Under - Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography

Bottle by Kirsten Lepore