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The Diatomist from Matthew Killip on Vimeo.

THE DIATOMIST is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. THE DIATOMIST showcases his incredible work.

Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bernard Herrmann and Cults Percussion Ensemble.

MATTHEW KILLIP is an English filmmaker living in New York. His documentaries have been broadcast on UK television and exhibited in festivals including Sundance and True/False.

Green Railings http://ift.tt/1ulnIEb

Green Railings http://ift.tt/1ulnIEb

Circle of Abstract Ritual from Jeff Frost on Vimeo.

This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It changed my entire life.

Digital downloads available at jeff-frost.com/downloads

Circle of Abstract Ritual began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing. The destruction end of that thought began in earnest when riots broke out in my neighborhood in Anaheim, California, 2012. I immediately climbed onto my landlord’s roof without asking and began recording the unfolding events. The news agencies I contacted had no idea what to do with time lapse footage of riots, which was okay with me because I had been thinking about recontextualizing news as art for some time. After that I got the bug. I chased down wildfires, walked down storm drains on the L.A. River and found abandoned houses where I could set up elaborate optical illusion paintings. The illusion part of the paintings are not an end in themselves in my work. They’re an intimation of things we can’t physically detect; a way to get an ever so slight edge on the unknowable.

Early in the process I mapped out a very interconnected narrative structure. It took a long time to fill that narrative structure in, and when I finished editing the film after seven solid weeks of being holed up in a dark room I had no idea if it was something anyone would want to watch. I almost cut the film into pieces before realizing that outside influences were pressuring me to make that decision, and that I was happy with it as it was.

It took a long time to come to the creation side of the original premise. It finally took form in a collaboration with sculptor, Steve Shigley, as well as 15 amazing volunteers who moved full sized tree sculptures 450 times over two nights to create the stop motion climax of the film (see the behind the scenes film, Story of Abstract Ritual for the tale of their monumental effort: vimeo.com/frostjeff/soar).

The idea I wanted to explore was the creation of culture as a conscious creative act, but without the trappings of dogma from institutions or even from ways of thinking. The circle of inverted trees became a small piece of the world with personal meaning where I could mark significant events, contemplate and reflect. That circle still stands, and I still visit it regularly. Several people who have been there have told me that it’s come to mean something special for them as well. They each have their own fascinating way of interpreting the power inherent in those trees.

This film is art for the sake of art. It was made with much generosity, from the people who let me crash on their couches to the people who backed the Kickstarter to people who just wanted to pitch in: thank you. This would not have been possible without your help.

Every spare cent I make goes back into creating this art. If you’d like to see me keep doing what I’m doing please consider buying a download or a print at jeff@jeff-frost.com, or send a donation to that same email through PayPal.

Thanks for watching!

Aurora Substorm - Real time motion from kwon, o chul on Vimeo.

It is real time motion! NOT time-lapse.
Brighter the Aurora, faster the movement.

Yellowknife, Canada.
Captured between 2013.3.1. 22:25 ~23:50

I used Nikon D4, at ISO 6400.
24mm f/1.4G lens at f/2.0 or f/1.4.

I also tested Canon 5D mark III same time.
But Nikon D4 was absolutely winner.
Canon 1Dx may have similar quality. (have similar sensor pixel size)

ps)
All the people are standing and watching aurora.
But one guy is running around.
It’s me. -.-;;;

"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!" - John Muir by isaaclkoval http://ift.tt/1qJEZsS

"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!" - John Muir by isaaclkoval http://ift.tt/1qJEZsS

Tobacco Barn by brandontigrett

Tobacco Barn by brandontigrett

The Mountaineer by dbunn

The Mountaineer by dbunn

Wine cat by JVitez

Wine cat by JVitez

Running with the sun. by adrianavarela

Running with the sun. by adrianavarela

italian greyhound by AlessandroManco

italian greyhound by AlessandroManco

Retro Love Loss by jorgophotography

Retro Love Loss by jorgophotography

Romantic couple underwater by PhotoStock-Israel

Romantic couple underwater by PhotoStock-Israel

Legend by EvelynMurphy

Legend by EvelynMurphy

Happy Cow! by lucasfoleyphoto

Happy Cow! by lucasfoleyphoto

Non Aggressive child wearing boxing gloves on textured backgroun by pbombaert

Non Aggressive child wearing boxing gloves on textured backgroun by pbombaert

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