Alexis Rockman – Optimist or Pessimist?

Is Alexis Rockman an optimist or a pessimist? Rockman produces large, colorful paintings many of which depict a dysfunctional interaction between the human and the non-human world as well as the transformation in non-human systems that humans are causing. Rockman’s images do not attempt to depict nature in any kind of romanticized fashion. Rather bold in …

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Humanity and Nature are One – Segmento

This wonderful image is from Brazilian advertising agency Segmento. It illustrates their campaign titled “Humanity and Nature Are One.” To me this highly creative image illustrates two things. The first is the power of digital imagery. It is difficult to imagine that a similar image could have been as powerful as this using any other …

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The World is Made of Local Lives – Catherine Nelson

Catherine Nelson has created some remarkable images. Her digital images made from combinations of hundreds of photographs create a globe on which are superimposed constructed images of local landscapes and habitats. The statement “Think Global. Act Local” has become such a cliché that it has lost all meaning. Yet Nelson’s images bring it back to …

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Man and Landscape – The Photography of Jean-Paul Bourdier

What is our Human relationship with the Earth and with the landscape? The visually stunning and varied work of Jean-Paul Bourdier leads us to wonder about this question. His images of body-painted models in stark landscapes are striking and generate many different emotions. First of all there is no doubt that the images are creative …

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The Surreal Sculptures of Myeongbeom Kim

Surreal imagery has some kind of irresistible attraction for most of us. Myeongbeom Kim’s sculptures are surreal. They combine elements that don’t normally belong together and, in doing so, often grabs our attention. Having trees as immense antlers make the deer above look majestic. It takes us a couple of seconds to work out that …

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Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin

Magical realism is brought to the cinema in this recently released, haunting and captivating movie that I watched earlier today. Much of the impact of the film is purely sensory. Cinematography that creates beauty out of misery; a 6 year old actress who is as captivating as the most accomplished Hollywood diva; enchanting  music that …

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Umberto Eco and the Gnomes of Gnú

“No doubt your civilization has some very interesting features: but if you bring it here we’ll loose our meadows, our trees, our rivers and we’ll be worse off. Would you mind not discovering us?” So said the chief gnome in Umberto Eco’s The Gnomes of Gnú, a children’s book beautifully illustrated by Eugenio Carmi. Author …

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Can “Sustainability” be visualized?

Can the concept of “sustainability” be visualized. The Guardian newspaper in collaboration with Getty Images have tried to pick a series of images that visualize the concept of sustainability. Have they been successful? Sustainability is an idea that is gaining widespread usage, widespread support and also widespread criticism as being somewhat meaningless – a plastic …

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The Magical Landscapes of Eyvind Earle

Today I came across this gallery in the small town of Cambria, on the central Californian coast. The gallery stocks a wonderful range of contemporary artists’ work among them the magical landscapes of Eyvind Earle. Ever since the David Hockney exhibit, the subject of a previous post, I have been on the lookout for interesting …

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Was Shakespeare A Conservationist?

The ideas of conservation and environmental considerations had not yet been dreamt of in Shakespeare’s time. Yet his Sonnet Number IV already, in those times recognizes that Nature’s gifts should be used wisely, not wasted but preserved to benefit future generations. Here is the sonnet:   Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend Upon thy self …

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