History’s Shadow by David Maisel

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.

Images: © David Maisel



Jules Aarons was a genius.

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.

Photos: © Jules Aarons


Madrid-Barajas Airport

I am really surprised that with an 8 hr idiotic layover last year at the Madrid-Barajas airport I don’t have more pictures of this beautiful terminal. Terminal 4, which is where I spent the brunt of my 8 hours, was designed by Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers (Madrid-Barajas Wiki). They won the 2006 Stirling Prize for this design, and I can tell you they definitely deserved it. Were it not for the curvaceous ceiling clad end to end in wood and the brightly painted steel supports that change in hue from yellow at one end of the terminal to violet at the other, I think I would have gone insane.

The Y-support beams are just really mesmerizing to look at.

I thought the design of the air conditioning vents were interesting too. They ran the whole length of the terminal against the glass panes that make up the facade of the whole terminal. That is another reason I really liked this terminal. There was so much natural light, that it didn’t feel like you were in a busy international airport.

What was also pretty cool was all the activity going on around outside the terminal. It was fun to watch an airport crewman pop out occasionally from some out-of-view door, hop in to one of these little carts, and zip off to do some no doubt crucial task. These little carts remind me of a flock of sheep, just hanging out in a pen. I wonder if they talk to each other while they wait for someone to whip them up for work?

Photos: © art.is.analogue


Stalin’s Skyscrapers

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.

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Photos: ©Philip Sayer
via Domus