A Fine Arts Video Portfolio: Decade of Nude Photography

Photography by: Alexander Paulin, Hamburg

A Fine Arts Video Portfolio: Decade of Nude Photography

Decade of Nudes is a fine arts video portfolio of nude photography by the German photographer Alexander Paulin. Since 1999, Paulin has worked as a freelance photo-designer in his studio near Hamburg, Germany. Paulin’s photography has been featured in a number of magazines, including Playboy, Maxim, Stern and Photographie, as well as in many books and calendars.

A Fine Arts Video Portfolio: Decade of Nude Photography

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Look Homeward, Angel: Park Pretty

Look Homeward, Angel: Park Pretty

Many years ago, during my time as a child and through young adulthood, I was immersed in the (sometimes solitary) lavish joys of nature in rural South Carolina. The memories of the steaming, dusty red clay roads and the smells of downstate piney-woods are now fading away, replaced by years of gritty urban life in Chicago’s inner-city. However, that doesn’t mean that now I’ve become completely blind to the beauty of rural landscapes. I just have to enjoy it from the comfort of a chair, in more climate-controlled conditions. So this video is pretty perfect for me.

Yosemite HD is an amazing four-minute time-lapse short art film, a collaboration between Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty. They made numerous trips to Yosemite National Park, where they captured the beautiful landscape it offers for visitors every year. Set to Outro, from M83’s lovely and stratospheric Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, this might be the best music video you could ask for. So stop whatever you’re doing right now, put this video in full-screen mode and breath very deeply during the film’s duration!

Look Homeward, Angel: Park Pretty (Yosemite HD)

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Tribute to René: Playing with Reality and Illusion

The Tomb of the Wrestler, 1960

The Treachery of Images, 1928

Two Mysteries, 1966

The Happy Hand, 1953

Memory, 1948

Tribute to René: Playing with Reality and Illusion

Everything we see hides another thing,
We always want to see what is hidden be what we see.

Tribute to René is an animated short art film, a collaborative creation by Box of Toys Audio with flipEvil design studio. The composition is a tribute to the Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte, which is a bespoke piano piece in and around the dream-like state of the visuals.

Magritte became well known for his paintings that challenged observers’ perceptions of reality and forced viewers to become more sensitive to their surroundings. His works constantly play with reality and illusion, displaying a juxtaposition of ordinary objects in an unusual context and giving new meanings to familiar things.

Tribute to René: Playing with Reality and Illusion

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Photo-Gallery: Tribute to René/Playing with Reality and Illusion

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Opsin: An Inspiring, Simple and Powerful Piece of Urban Visual Poetry

Opsin: An Inspiring, Simple and Powerful Piece of Urban Visual Poetry

Opsin is the new beautifully shot, pristine monotone short film/music video by Ivan Villafuerte, an inspiring and powerful piece of urban visual poetry. It can be viewed as a follow-up to Villafuerte’s Destello, a magnificent tribute to the city of Chicago that allowed us to rediscover the beauty of images that we have before us in everyday life.

Villafuerte is a Chicago-based videographer, who has been creating some great atmospheric, running visuals over the past few months. An important element in these projects has been the inclusion of progressive imaginative audio, which really precisely sets the tone of each piece. The music is combined with contrasting focus and a selective eye that captures some very unique viewpoints. Villafuerte seems to be making this imaginative and evocative style his own right now, and it’s vividly shown in an earlier short work that is also presented here, olololololololxl_l_l_l.

Opsins are trans-membrane proteins essential for the conversion of photons to biochemical processes; they can be viewed as the essential points of contact between outside reality and our interior world of visual perception and experience.  So I recommend putting them to work with the wonderful frames of these videos. And try to make sure you aren’t doing anything else when you watch them, so that you can just sit back and really enjoy the views.

Opsin: An Inspiring and Powerful Piece of Urban Visual Poetry

olololololololxl_l_l_l: An Imaginative and Evocative Visual Art Piece

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Insomnia: The World in the Evening

Insomnia: The World in the Evening

The restlessness welled insatiable inside me.”

Insomnia is a quietly moving short film by Bell Soto, a photographer based in New York City.  Soto has shot exclusive collections from fashion designers including Dior Hommer, Veronique Branquihno and Xavier Delcour.

Insomnia can be regarded as the desperate anthem of the lonely, a song about love and the ceaseless, furtive search for love, set in the neon-lit world of urban America, the night-time worlds of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and the French Quarter of New Orleans.  America at night transforms its dark cities into the unmistakable shape of loneliness.  In the solitude of dark evening, there is nothing left but the night, the night that is like a long voyage on which you can feel the body laboring its way through life, resembling the pounding of the engines and the straining of the hull of a ship at sea.

Insomnia: The World in the Evening

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Bird: Resplendent Birds on Glorious Pure White

Bird: Resplendent Birds on Glorious Pure White

Bird is an astonishing, thought-provoking 2 1/2-minute short film by the photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman.  His short film High Falls won the award for Best Short Narrative at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2007.  Bird captures its subjects through a contemporary and minimalist approach, with each bird showcased on a background of pure white that illuminates its color and plumage in a way that is rarely ever seen.

One reviewer wrote, “The birds, from the intimacy of the very small to the majesty of the very large, acquire a transcendental dignity, each one becoming a god in its own universe. The powerful white light transfers its own intensity to the birds and transforms them into mythical objects of paradise, newly resplendent in all their colors.

Bird: Resplendent Birds on Glorious Pure White

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Slide Show: Bird/Resplendent Birds on Glorious Pure White

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We Have Decided Not to Die: Spiritual Rituals of Reversible Destiny

We Have Decided Not to Die: Spiritual Rituals of Reversible Destiny

We Have Decided Not to Die is an award-winning, very unusual and deeply intriguing eight-minute short film by the Australian filmmaker Daniel Askill.  A Triptych.  Three Rituals. Three Figures. Three modern-day journeys of transcendence.  From the post-modern quirk school of filmmaking, this piece transforms the power of ritual actions into an emotional allegory that creates a world beyond evolution, creationism and intelligent design.  From a mental state where logic drops away, the film embarks upon a visually lyrical odyssey along a poetically surreal road to reversible destiny, where death is no longer inevitable.

We Have Decided Not to Die: Spiritual Rituals of Reversible Destiny

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