Here's a quick video of how I popped a ballon via a remote (you can also hear a delayed scream from Hannah from http://hjassim.blogspot.com/ at the end of the video!!) I aim to write up an instructables for this so I will post it up once i've done it.
Saturday, 5 December 2009
So here it is, the initial idea for my final year project!!
The balloon rises up with a camera inside it. This is then popped, the camera falls to the ground caturing images as it does so.
The idea is to bring back a sense of fun in photography. With digital making photography easy and clean, everyday photography is being taken granted of and the fun and magic that it used to have is being lost. Capturing images that you're not in control of and at various angles, will also capture the manipulation of light as it falls to the ground. Potential uses for this type of product would be at festivals and funfairs.
So the next couple of months I will be playing with this idea and see where it takes me.
Sunday, 29 November 2009
That day something clicked for all of the participants: they were moved by this image and began to realize how important it was to retrieve that camera; that they were in a sense, chasing beauty.
Ira and Luca took the project to Berlin, Germany where upon retrieving their first aerial footage realized the beauty and potential of the project.
Upon uploading "Berlin By Red Balloons" to Youtube, they received a huge and immediate response. Over half a million views, interviews by CNN, and other news organizations as well as numerous features and awards. It was evident how much people loved the idea. Both Balloonists (as they came to be called) immediately created a website, built a loyal Youtube following, and began planning for a Balloon Project Tour.
The Balloon Project comes with no strings attached: just wind, gravity, and a mad chase to discover the balloon-lifted camera’s final resting place.
Ira and Luca are currently seeking sponsorship for their Balloon Project Tour. The tour is all inclusive, as Ira and Luca, intend to reach out to as many diverse communities, across the world, as possible.
The Balloon Project’s arrival in New York drew out twenty participants and yielded two successful launches; one in Times Square on New Years Eve and a week later in Central Park. As more people joined in, Luca and Ira realized The Balloon Project serves a dual purpose: it is both a community-building event as well as experimental, Do-It-Yourself, filmmaking radicalness.
As the Balloonists began posting more aerial camera footage online, they found the reaction noteworthy. Simply through word-of-mouth, friends began telling friends about this “balloon project" and thousands began logging on to follow The Balloon Project and see where it would go next. Many viewers asked when a launch would come to their own town. Thus, the tour was born.
A great project for some excellent inspiration for my final year project. Take a look at one of their many videos in an earlier post or even better, check out their website http://theballoonproject.org/table.htm
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
A demonstration reel from DeBergerac Productions showing how the effect of Kinemacolor can be achieved synthetically, using Kinemacolor film shot in Atlantic City and New York, c. 1913, plus what looks like a dance scene from an unidentified drama.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Instant vs Digital Photography: http://www.flickr.com/groups/polaroid_/discuss/72157622270562229/
Join in the discussion at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/10millionphotos/discuss/72157622439205996/
Or at: http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=1911761#post1911761
Monday, 21 September 2009
"Cardboard furniture offering flexibility as well as sustainability to the manufacturers and users has emerged as a popular material of late. Designed by Liddy Scheffknecht and Armin B. Wagner, the “Pop Up” is a unique furniture unit that folds flat for easy storage and transportation. Measuring 94 x 275 x 200 cm, the furniture when unfolded pops out of the flat cardboard sheet. Though I’m not too sure about its workability, still the Pop Up gives a new dimension to portability and sustainability of the home furniture."
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
The steel strips, "one kind bristling with springy steel brushes and the other sporting jagged spikes," are only 0.2 millimeters thick, but a square meter of the stuff can hold "a perpendicular load of 7 tonnes." Developer Josef Mair foresees the stuff being used for building facades or automobile assembly. And it will withstand temperatures of up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit, so you could even use it in Arizona in July."
Saturday, 12 September 2009
p34 Toothpicks And Logos: John Heskett
After attending 'The End Of Design', a lecture held on thursday night at uni, by Tom Inns and Mike Press, I felt that this quote sums up what some of the lecture was about.
We are not coming to the end of design, we are coming to the end of a design era and a new one is about to begin. From the book by Heskett, he refers to the history of design ass being layers and when we come to a new age of design it is just added to the previous layers of design. (for a better understanding you might be better reading the book.)
And the last question in this quote emphasises what Mike Press said about how the new design direction is 'social design,' which is where the major priority will be designing for the publics needs and not for company profits.
Monday, 7 September 2009