As I was going through my RSS feeds I stumbled across this fascinatingly beautiful post simply entitled: Gold a news story told predominantly through a series of striking photos. The post published on Boston.com, looks at how the pursuit of gold has become so central worldwide, an obsession that extends far past just the sporting world.
“The pursuit of gold medals has athletes and fans focused
on the Olympic games in London,
but the pursuit of gold is a worldwide obsession
that extends far beyond the realm of sport.”
– Lane Turner
Worldwide there are million of miners dredging, mining and panning in operations of varying sizes, these procedures often putting miners at great risk. The processing of gold using cyanide and other chemicals creates very dangerous environmental hazards, the chemicals incredibly toxic to humans. And whilst the results are undeniably beautiful, one can’t help but wonder is gold in all its glistening beauty really worth it? The more I think about it, the more I find myself doubting whether it really is.
The magnificent, illustrative photos below, just a few from the photographic story “Gold-The Big Picture” on Boston.com; which truly capture people going for gold and all the risks and glory which come with it.
So what is your verdict? Is the world’s obsession with gold justified? Is it essential to society? And is gold in all its glittering glory really worth endangering lives and our environment?
I tend to watch alot, alot, alot of different videos on youtube, most of them generally either comedic or music videos. The video above entitled “Her Morning Elegance” is one of my ultimate favourites, a video that I find quite inspiring. Whilst a music video by Oren Lavie it is not the song as such that captivates me most about this video. Made by the talented Yucal and Nerav Nathan alongside Oren himself the video is ever so carefully carefully crafted. The stop motion film which features the sharp photography of Eyal Landesman, is 3:36 in length and being a stop-motion sequence the video is made up of entirely still shots, roughly 3225 still photos for the entire video!! Even more fascinatingly, after weeks and weeks of preparation it was all shot within just 2 days.
The high angle which majority of the shots are taken from, really sets up the mattress as a canvas for the dream like state of the woman with the striking orange hair; the continuity of the same angle creating such a fluidity and ease to the flow of the images that on first viewing one could think it was just plain film. Very well planned, the video utilises props quite wittily. These props ordinary objects you would find in a bedroom such as socks and pillows and manipulates their movements to create the witty illusion of them being something else.; such as pillows as clouds, and socks as little fish. The movements, rhythm and pace of the visuals all coinciding perfectly with the soundtrack.
This video will always remain one of my ultimate favourite videos, it is the video which sparked my initial fascination with stop-motion and even inspired me to create my own.
‘Her Morning Elegance” is a clever work of art, that is quite simply captivating.