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ashes and snow — Gregory Colbert


Gre­gory Col­bert from ‘Ashes and Snow’

“In explor­ing the shared lan­guage and poetic sen­si­bil­i­ties of all ani­mals, I am work­ing towards redis­cov­er­ing the com­mon ground that once existed when peo­ple lived in har­mony with ani­mals. The images depict a world that is with­out begin­ning or end, here or there, past or present.”—Gre­gory Col­bert, Cre­ator of Ashes and Snow

I found Gre­gory Colbert’s work by acci­dent in a Google+ post. When I viewed the gallery, I was stopped in my cyber-tracks. I’ve always felt a close­ness for and enjoyed my inter­ac­tions with other species. (some­times, much more than with my own) and the way in which Col­bert com­mu­ni­cates this idea is just breath­tak­ing. For those with a high band­width inter­net con­nec­tion, the Flash-based gallery is one of the best imple­men­ta­tions of this for­mat that I have ever seen. Colbert’s vision is well worth a visit.

Ashes and Snow org. page

Gre­gory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow is an ongo­ing project that weaves together pho­to­graphic works, 35mm films, art instal­la­tions and a novel in let­ters. With pro­found patience and an endur­ing com­mit­ment to the expres­sive and artis­tic nature of ani­mals, he has cap­tured extra­or­di­nary inter­ac­tions between humans and animals.

His 21st–cen­tury bes­tiary includes totemic species from around the world. Since he began cre­at­ing his sin­gu­lar work of Ashes and Snow in 1992, Col­bert has under­taken pho­to­graphic and film­ing expe­di­tions to loca­tions such as India, Egypt, Burma, Tonga, Sri Lanka, Namibia, Kenya, Antarc­tica, the Azores, and Borneo.

ashes and snow.

Plains Milky Way on Vimeo

stars above the plains

“Far from starscape-dulling city lights, farmer and pho­tog­ra­pher Randy Halver­son spent three weeks cre­at­ing a new video of the spin­ning night sky.”

Plains Milky Way from Randy Halver­son on Vimeo.

Shot from his cen­tral South Dakota farm, the video (above) fea­tures the Milky Way, which appears to our eyes as a fuzzy band but is actu­ally an an edge-on view of dust lit by bil­lions of stars. Sum­mer is the prime sea­son for North Amer­i­cans to catch the Milky Way.

Now is the first good time of the year to go out and see it, and maybe the best,” said Halver­son. “There’s not as many mos­qui­toes, it isn’t too muggy and the rat­tlesnakes aren’t around. Those can be trouble.”

Bat­tling strong winds and clouds, Halver­son used a robotic cam­era rig to snap hun­dreds of still pho­tos in about 20 three– to four-hour shoots. Back at his com­puter, he stitched together images from the best shoots. Each sec­ond of the video spans about 14 min­utes of actual time.

As the Earth spins, the stars appear to spin with it. Longer expo­sures make them appear as streaks. Zoom­ing air­planes, sun­light reflect­ing off satel­lites, and a ruddy orange glow from the town of Win­ner, South Dakota some 40 miles away are vis­i­ble in the footage.” (From WIRED, wired­science)

Plains Milky Way on Vimeo

David Leventi | Opera Houses

David Lev­enti — from “Opera”

A visu­ally stun­ning col­lec­tion of pho­tos of the inte­ri­ors of Euro­pean Opera Houses

a riv­et­ing col­lec­tion of Euro­pean Opera houses

…and a reminder of the impor­tance of the visual in the per­for­mance of music

real-life music is about see­ing as well as about hearing

See the entire exhibit, and more…

David Lev­enti Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Sami — Erica Larsen


Stun­ning photo gallery about the Sámi by erika larsen

I see Sámi Peo­ple liv­ing in two worlds.

They are of the now. They are of the past.

When I am here a week seems like eter­nity.
This place will change me for­ever.
I am a sto­ry­teller and this becomes clearer now.

The days are nights and the nights are days.
The rein­deer move at night because the snow is harder and eas­ier
to move. There­fore so do we.

This place is Coalm­me­javri.
It means shal­low water between two lakes.

Time does not exist here, not really any­way.
Yes­ter­day I stood in a vac­uum of fog, Murku, win­ter fog.
It was a place where every­thing could exist but noth­ing does.

We stay in a lavvo and I what I think most queer
is that even though the tun­dra seems absent of all life we get vis­i­tors every­day.
I can’t say for sure where they mate­ri­al­ize from since I have yet to see another lavvo
but I sup­pose in the vast­ness of the tun­dra it would be fool­ish of me to think we are alone.

This life is hard, the work with the reindeer.

The weather is ever chang­ing and unin­ter­ested in the com­fort of those who inhabit the land­scape.
The weather takes all the energy out a man.
He wears it on his face.

But the peo­ple are proud of their work.
They are proud to be Sámi.
Every ounce of their being is Sámi.

SAMI » Erika Larsen Pho­tog­ra­phy.


a Sámi fam­ily from ca 1900


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