Last night I had the pleasure of watching one of the most incredible documentaries I’ve ever seen. It was simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking. If there is only one movie you see before the end of the year make sure it’s Chasing Ice. After you watch it find out how you can host a screening of the film locally and spread this story.
“In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.”
See more of Jame’s breathtaking photographs of glaciers after the jump.
Our favorite watch makers Casio G-Shock and RESPECT. Magazine team up to bring you an inside look into the creative process of the people driving creative culture. This time, we clock in with the Grammy Award–nominated production team The Stereotypes. The L.A.- based crew—Jeremy “Jerm Beats” Reeves, Ray “RayRo” Romulus and Jon “JonStreet” Yip— discuss how they came together and what lead them to lose their day jobs and chase their passion full time. They also discuss their love for G-Shocks and why the brand has been a consistent accessory in their lives as they keep on creating in the studio.
NYC based artist Norman Mooney makes works that are at once physical and metaphysical. His works explore the elemental and cyclical synergies of nature. Materiality, pattern, scale and experience are key concerns within his practice. Although he works in a wide array of materials his massive burst sculptures are completely jaw dropping. Radiating from every angle these incredible explosions shimmer and shine like a star far off in the galaxy. (via)
Everytime I see something visually stunning these days it seems to come from Tokyo. They entire city appears to be on a mission to bring visual beauty and creative inginuity to the dullest facets of life. For instance we are all familiar with the drab and boring Information Kiosks that can be found in malls all over the world. Instead of creating one more boring kiosk for us to walk by Japanese architecture firm Torafu Architects has created this gorgeous piece of mini architecture called Waku Waku Station (literally, “excitement” station). Taking inspiration from yachts, boats, houses and buildings found in the malls waterfront scenery the kiosk is transformed into a colorful playground to attract kids and their parents to find out about what the area offers. There’s lots of fun hiding spots and small doors (just like a boat!) for kids to play with and there’s even giant building blocks for them to push around and climb on top of. Lets hope this push to bring color and creativity to all the mundane things in life can catch on everywhere else. (via)
Hungarian photographer Flora Borsi has come up with a hilarious small series of works that shows us how photoshop would work in real life. Shorten your nose in just a few clicks and cover up that massive pimple on your face with the help of the patch tool. Oh if only life was so easy! (via)
In October 2012, the letters “S.O.S.” were carved into the ground of Western Sahara/Algeria near the Saharaui refugee camp Smara by Santiago Sierra. The graffiti measures 5 km x 1,7 km, which makes it the largest graffiti in the world.
The piece refers to the Saharaui peoples struggle for independence from Moroccan rule in the almost forgotten West Saharan conflict. For 36 years they have lived in makeshift conditions under the provisional arrangement of the refugee camps in the Sahara desert, south east of Tindouf.
We wish there were more images available of this piece but for now you just have the following measurements to help give you the scale of this massive piece of graffiti that can be seen from space. (via)
Scale: 5.000 m X 1.700 m
Lenght/path of outlines: 37.000 m
Marked reference points: Almost 2.000
Font: Arial Narrow
Font size: 6.800.000 pt
Area: 8.500 m2
Latitude: 27.4348919287 degrees
Longitude: -7.9418410842 degrees
Love these book alterations and rearrangements by New York based artist Kent Rogowski. Make sure to also check out his puzzle manipulations and inverted stuffed animals also featured on his site. (via)
“Everything that I wish I could be is an exploration of language, emotions and the desire to change and improve one’s self. There is a self-help book for almost every moment and problem in life; from relationship advice to dealing with the inevitability of death. Each large format photograph, pictures an arrangement of title pages and spines, from up to 100 self-help books that are based around a central theme. Together, the titles create larger narratives, which become portraits of emotions, people and events in life.
Because of the ubiquity of the books, an entire lifetime of events can be outlined and made to unfold using the books that were written to sooth those transitions and moments. Since advice often differs, the narratives in the images can change depending on which direction the viewer’s eye moves through the image. Some images have linear narratives (e.g.: From Birth to Death or Side by Side) while others look at patterns in language and resemble the random connections inherent in the thought process (e.g.: You and Me and Am I the only one?).
I am interested in the larger questions of how we communicate and deal with moments of pain and change and the commonalities of those experiences, as well as, the patterns and contradictions that are often inherent in language, advice and differing philosophies.”
Michigan based installation artist Michael McGillis’ creates incredibly saturated alterations in nature with a diverse range of materials from paint to electric tape to fluorescent colored grocery bags. The result is an electric manipulation of the natural world that is shockingly beautiful. (via)