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Lunar Souls

Artist, writer, photographer and fellow blogger Art Browne has a unique – and sometimes twisted – view of our universe.  Which is why I know, without a doubt, that he is my long-lost twin brother!  When not tormenting spiders or ridiculing helpless cats on his blog, “Pouring My Art Out”, Brother Art captures some truly fascinating visions of the natural world.  In a recent series of simple cell phone shots, he photographed the moon in various stages and from various angles over San Diego, California.  A few of them are presented below.

I have to concede these lunar photos make me feel incredibly sentimental.  Every time I look up at the sky and see that glorious moon, I – sniff – always get homesick.

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In Memoriam – Robert Frank, 1924-2019

“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”

Robert Frank

Charleston, South Carolina, 1955
14th Street White Tower – New York City, 1948
Mary with Pablo and Andrea, 1950s
Mr. and Mrs. Feiertag, Late Afternoon, 1951
Couple – Paris, 1952
Welsh miners, 1953
Fourth of July – Jay, New York, 1954
Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1955
Funeral – St. Helena, South Carolina, 1955
Movie premiere – Los Angeles, 1955
Trolley – New Orleans, 1955
Drug store – Detroit, 1955
Rodeo – New York City, 1955
Indianapolis, 1956
San Francisco, 1956
Daytona Beach, Florida, 1958

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On Wings and Light

Hummingbirds occupy that rare place where tenacity, beauty, grace and mysticism collaborate to create something extraordinary.  Australian photographer Christian Spencer has used his camera to capture all of that in a new manner.  A longtime resident of Brazil’s Itatiaia National Park for nearly two decades, Spencer has photographed many of the region’s natural wonders, including hummingbirds.  Recently, he discovered a unique way to combine his love for the birds with sunlight.  In a series entitled ‘Winged Prism’, Spencer photographed light filtered through the wings and tail of a black and white Jacobi hummingbird.  In a Photo Shoppe world, this is truly unique and breathtaking.

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Cloud Capture

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This is one of the most intriguing displays of art in motion I’ve ever seen.  Dutch photographer Berndnaudt Smilde creates nimbus clouds indoors and then quickly snaps pictures of them.  Characterized by their low altitude and heavy volume, nimbus clouds are the type that produces precipitation.  The clouds Smilde creates hang low, but fortunately, don’t bear any rain or snow.

Smiled began displaying his work in a small gallery in Arnheim, the Netherlands in 2010, but last year moved into much larger spaces, including a castle and a 15th century church.

“Some things you just want to question for yourself and see if they can be done,” says Smilde.  “I imagined walking in a museum hall with just empty walls.  There was nothing to see except for a rain cloud hanging around in the room.”

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Perhaps it’s only natural that Smilde would be fascinated with clouds.  Holland is beset with heavy cloud cover and frequent precipitation.  Moreover, Dutch art masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn and Aelbert Cuyp, created some spectacular cloud-covered landscapes in their paintings.

“My grandparents had one with really threatening-looking clouds,” says Smilde.  “I remember I was intrigued by the power of it.  I couldn’t really grasp what it was, but there was something big, magical and dark about to happen in that painting.  I wanted to create the idea of a typical Dutch rain cloud inside a space.”

That took some ingenuity and plenty of research.  He encountered a substance called aerogel, also known as “frozen smoke,” which is 99.8% air.  It’s the lightest solid material on Earth.  Fascinated with its resemblance to clouds, Smilde began experimenting with it.  Using various temperature controls, moisture and backlighting, he eventually achieved a true nimbus cloud effect.  Since the cloud creations don’t last long, Smilde can’t display them except in photographs.  He has only conducted three live demonstrations.

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Like many visual artists, Smilde views his work through its transitory nature.  “It’s there for a brief moment and the clouds fall apart.”

The Ronchini Gallery in London will open a month-long show of Smilde’s work on January 16.  The SFAC Gallery in San Francisco will feature an exhibition of his photographs from February 15 through April 27, 2013.

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