Since the integration of the Canon 7D camera into the mainstream, any artist can invest in a decent to good looking music video. It seemed for a year or two that true originality, depth, and conceptual complexity had faded off the music video scene, and every video was “the homies” out on a street corner chillin and dancing. Luckily, leave it to Kendrick Lamar to take back the combination cenima and music. His newest video “Alright” was brought to my attention the day it dropped, because it had amassed a million views in just one day. But in retrospect this video is worth so much more than its views. From the creative visual style brought fourth be director Colin Tilley, to the “how did they do that” visual effects, and purely the strength of the content… This “video” is a return to the short film master pieces that more artists should put out. Check the method.
Daniel Kukla is a photographer who had formal training in biological and anthropological sciences. His educational background plays a major part of his artistic practice, and this can be seen in his clever project titled, The Edge Effect.
In the description and explanation of the project, Kukla writes,
In March of 2012, I was awarded an artist’s residency by the United States National Park Service in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. While staying in the Park, I spent much of my time visiting the borderlands of the park and the areas where the low Sonoran desert meets the high Mojave desert. While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences. To document this unique confluence of terrains, I hiked out a large mirror and painter’s easel into the wilderness and captured opposing elements within the environment. Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself.
It is amazing how the photos look like they’re of paintings of the desert placed within the desert.