David Maisel for his most recent project History’s Shadow uses x-rays of ancient and historic relics/art to reinterpret those pieces. It allows you to see through the art while simultaneously seeing the original piece. Check out the more in depth article on the show from Domus. Also make sure to check out more of Maisel’s work on his website as well as more images from History’s Shadow.
While channel surfing this weekend I happened upon an episode of This Old House and decided to watch for a bit. They are always renovating old homes with a ton of history, and I’ve always liked how they modernize the homes without erasing all the historical significance of the house. As it turns out the current project involved constructing an addition and some renovations to Jules Aarons’ former residence. I had seen some of his work before, but didn’t know much about him. Luckily this episode had a feature on him and they had his son, Philip Aarons, speak about his father and his artistic endeavors.
In it Philip Aarons gives some great insight into the mind and workings of the Boston physicist with a keen eye for photography. Some of Philip’s fondest memories were helping his father develop film in their basement dark room. Jules Aarons used the streets of Boston as his canvas, and the normal everyday person as his paint. Philip states that his father was not much of a social person, and preferred to walk in silence with camera in hand always observing those around him for the perfect moment to take a picture. You can read more about Jules Aarons on his website.
I’d rather not say too much about these photos. Philip Sayer is a genius as he captures the ominously glorious nature of Stalin’s skyscrapers. Here is an excerpt from the article by Rachael Crabtree of Domus:
His black and white photos capture the brooding architectural dominance of these colossal structures, including the 27 storey Foreign Ministry, 24 storey Transport Ministry and the 240m tall Lomonsov Sate University, which encircle the city of Moscow. These striking architectural representations of social realism, although fuelled by optimism for the future, can be seen as huge exercises in Stalinist propaganda. He captures the complex history of these immense, commanding, and highly symbolic constructions – as awe inspiring feats of engineering, as anti-monuments to a failed optimism, and as sinister markers of a dominant regime.
You can catch the exhibit in London at Marsden Woo Gallery, you know if you are lucky enough to be somewhere in that neighborhood.
A biochemist by training who works in pharmaceuticals, Linden Gledhill uses a keen eye and some amazing techniques to photograph everything from insects to microscopic marine sponges:
I’m completely enchanted by the physical world around me and obsessed by its natural beauty. My career in science has magnified this feeling of awe. For me, photography is a way to capture this physical beauty and to pass this feeling on to others.
In Water figures Linden G. took stills from high speed video of water based paint and sound from a speaker. The colors are vibrant and shapes organic, evoking a sense of playfulness that pops out against the stark contrast of the black shade of the background. Enjoy the four photos I included below, and make sure to check out his full Flickr photostream!