Still-motion animation of Otto Lilienthal, the flying man, in flight

Friday, 24 February, 2017

The exploits of Otto Lilienthal, a German aviation pioneer living in the nineteenth century, who made the first successful flights in a glider aircraft, have been brought to life. In a sense.

Amsterdam based filmmaker Johannes Hogebrink assembled photos taken during one of Lilienthal’s flights, and created a still-motion animation of the endeavour.

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And the winners of the Oscar’s Best Cinematography award are…

Thursday, 23 February, 2017

Not long until the Oscars now, this weekend in fact. Last week I posted a supercut of the winners of the Best Visual Effects award since 1927, and now here is one for all the Best Cinematography winners since 1927, again put together by Burger Fiction.

By the way, the nominees for this year’s Best Cinematography award are Arrival, La La Land, Lion, Moonlight, and Silence.

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Owen XLVII, Sydney based logo designer, and illustrator

Thursday, 23 February, 2017

Illustration by Owen XLVII

Owen FortySeven, or Owen XLVII, as he is also known, is a Sydney based logo designer, and illustrator. The likes of films such as Star Wars, and Back to the Future, are obvious influences, but they’re not the only ones. Anything he sees, I think, inspires his work.

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A day in the life of Gig Economy workers. Or us, in a few years time

Thursday, 23 February, 2017

It is estimated that in just three years, forty percent of the US workforce will be independent contractors. They will source much of their work by way of the gig, or access, economy. As a simple example, we’re talking about Uber drivers, or Airtasker workers.

I dare say the situation will be similar elsewhere, as more workers are forced, or choose, to seek employment away from conventional, or nine-to-five, workplaces. And while people may be busy working, they will find themselves performing a number of different tasks.

Los Angeles based photographer Jessica Chou recently photographed several of these freelancers, as they go about their various roles.

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Luke Robson, United Kingdom based collage artist

Thursday, 23 February, 2017

Collage by Luke Robson

I think United Kingdom based collage artist Luke Robson describes his work best in saying he “cuts up the past and rearranges it into vibrant surrealistic collages”. This work, titled “Cricket-keeper”, a collaboration with Michael Cuomo, surely exemplifies this description.

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Last Train, a short documentary by Matt Knarr, and Will Snyder

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017

Last Train, in this case the last service of the day on a suburban line in the Canadian city of Toronto, is a short documentary directed by Matt Knarr, and filmed by Will Snyder.

Catching the last train of the day is a world removed from travelling during the day, or the morning and evening commuter peaks. The silence of the almost deserted platforms is eerie. The fluorescent lights of the trains and stations seem harsher, to the point they’re bleaching.

But there can also be a certain camaraderie amongst last train of the night travellers, an experience that’s elegantly captured here.

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Naveen Shakil, architect turned artist, designer, and illustrator

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017

Collage by Naveen Shakil

Once an architect, whose work took her from her alma mater in Scotland, back to her native Pakistan, and then on to Australia, Naveen Shakil is now an artist, designer, and illustrator, based in New York City.

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Photos of the atomic shelters of Beijing, home to one million people

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017

Some one million people in Beijing, China, call the maze of Cold War era atomic shelters that lie below the city’s streets, home. Not because a nuclear conflict is, touch wood, imminent, but because the residents, most of who have come from rural areas, looking for a better life, have no where else to go.

Local authorities have been trying to put an end to practice, but are thwarted by the lack of affordable accommodation elsewhere. Italian documentary photographer, Antonio Faccilongo, recently visited some of the shelters, and photographed those living there, and the conditions they must endure.

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Ugo Cabua, Italian graphic designer, and illustrator

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017

Illustration by Ugo Cabua

Ugo Cabua is a graphic designer, and illustrator based in Cagliari, Italy. Check out some of the pattern designs for textiles though, of which this image is a detail of.

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Trailer for Alone in Berlin, with Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017

Otto (Brendan Gleeson) and Anna Quangel (Emma Thompson), a working class Berlin couple, become disillusioned with Hitler and the Third Reich, after their son is killed in battle, in Alone in Berlin, trailer, the latest feature of Swiss actor and director, Vincent Perez.

They covertly embark on a campaign of civil disobedience, leaving hand written postcards around the city, urging Berliners to resist the Nazi regime. Based on the book of the same name, written in 1947 by Hans Fallada, “Alone in Berlin” opens in Australian cinemas on 2 March.

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