Saturday, March 20, 2010

project WISDOM

Anthropologie (yes the same place that presses out brightly floral printed dresses) has set up a brilliantly inspiring site the ANTHROPOLOGIST. it's a collage of speakers, thoughts, phrases, and concepts that all pertain to inspiration.

This particular film is a culmination of thoughts about love.

Freedom. Its the first concept thats expressed, and its the most apparent theme throughout the film. The direction of focus on each individual is wonderfully illuminated by the minimalist background. The way the camera makes you focus on their features and their movements and sound (especially love the undulating tones of voices). It just all adds to this really relaxed and familial atmosphere; makes the anecdotes all the more enjoyable. They interviewed a couple of biggies. It was interesting to hear how they open up and talk about the people and things that ground them to this earth.

"Each portrait and interview was an intense hour, where an environment was created to allow each person to speak honestly and openly about their perspectives on life. Without the distraction of needing to sell or endorse anything, the contributors spoke incredibly truthfully about themselves."

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Third & The Seventh

humans have a rare gift of injecting life and personality into inanimate objects. Alex Roman provides this piece of pure visual poetry that captures architecture through the cinematographic lens.

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Gluttony of Convenience

jamie oliver at TED conferences

rustic (adj.) - down-to-earth; [british accented]; brilliance with any gimmicks

if ever were a human to have sprouted from the soil of this earth i would have to name jamie oliver.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Le Bel été

Staccatic (adj.)
Jumpy, erratic, and full of brilliant energy.

A staccatic love story: manic depressive, unpredictable and always unforgettable.

don't break my heart

via carrie leber
Peut-être the heart is as delicate as it seems... It's the ventricle vase, purely glass, undoubtedly fragile, yet the brilliant mix of colours makes for one beautifully delicate and complex piece.
The 'ventricle vase' comes in 3 sizes: [I suppose its befitting that the more cash you dish out the bigger your heart gets..]
created by eva milinkovic from tsunamic glassworks inc.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

a fungal story

Amy Ross Collage via Pop-pervert

I've always been [and am] texturally sensitive to food, so I was never really fond of mushrooms. As a kid, I developed an aversion to chewy and [unusually] resilient meats of any kind*. Little did I know that my mum was feeding me Campbell's heavily creamed soup [of deceit]. So it was only up until recently [as in last month] that I began to develop an interest in mushrooms. All thanks to a friend who is a self-professed mushroom connoisseur and has this unbridled enthusiasm for story telling. She introduced me to a couple of guidebooks detailing in some of the most exquisite varieties of mushrooms I've ever seen, [most of them being exclusive to the Northeastern region].

So it's no wonder that so many people have an affinity for these remarkably delicate organisms. There's even a FungiFest being held in LA this month. The line up sounds pretty interesting: mushroom harvesting and cooking, tours, slime mold racing [...], mushroom flavoured gelato tastings and more. I've included a short on one of the festival's speakers, Dr. Bob Cummings. It documents Dr. Bob on one of his routine mushroom drives**/walks and introduces a variety of colorful specimens.

Dr. Bob Cummings from David Fenster on Vimeo.

I've always found it fascinating to observe a person speak passionately about their field or something that they are deeply interested in. It’s like they exude a kind of captivating force that draws curiosity where it never existed [especially for something like mushrooms]. Personally, I have had yet to discover that single impetus to make my heart palpitate wildly, so its quite exciting to watch and listen to someone else who has.

*includes the likes of clams/mussels
**he has the ability to spot mushrooms on the side of the road going 40 mph.

adventurer's essentials: travel pack

Bill Amberg Skiff Bag via Monocle

Every adventurer carries a kit of some kind or another: may it be a notepad, dirt encrusted tools or specimen jars. What better to carry your tools than these neat, nautical inspired bags. Adventurers have the option between either lightening blue and hot mustard*, need I say more?

*only the greatest colour known to [wo]mankind..