Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thinking Spots

These are "samples" I took with my falling apart and half blind mobile phone on the island of Branno, few months ago. I use to make these short journeys on ferry boats from Saltholmen peer, in west end of Goteborg, when I'm lucky enough to have a couple of hours left before sunset. Ferries and small islands become my thinking spots. I can't find better places to meet myself alone.

Photographs, (C) Tiberio Fanti

Behind the glass of the small red wooden cabin on the highest top of Branno an open book, two candles, a window, an island, then another island and the ocean.
How comes this kind of relic, half scrap of plastic, metal, Ni-Cd & silicon is still able to give me emotions?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Movie or Photography?

Half the world wide web media have been recently talking about a footage collecting in a rapid and (IMHO) perfectly mounted sequence many short video clips taken in Astoria, New York Queens, when a snow blizzard struck NY district the day after Christmas. "Idiot with a tripod", photographed (sic) and edited by NYer director Jamie Stuart, is a short but great documentary film that keeps the eyes of the audience clutched to the monitor for the whole three minutes of its length. The short, admitedly an homage to the 1929 Dziga Vertov's masterpiece "Man with a Movie Camera", is so impressive that someone (namely Roger Ebert, on his blog on Chicago Sun-Times) even claimed it deserves an Academy Award for the best short live-action subject: "You can tell from the cinematography he knew exactly what he was doing and how to do it. He held the Vertov film in memory. Stuart must already been thinking of how he would do the edit and sound. Any professional will tell you the talent exhibited here is extraordinary."

I'm not able to add anything more to help J. Stuart to get the deserved credits. Yet, the vision of his work sparkled some candid questions in my mind (you might be surprised, as well as I am, why I never asked them before ...): how strong is today, with current technology (the film was shot with a Canon D7), the relation between moving pictures and still? And how large is the blurred area that separates the first from the latter? Is it growing or narrowing? I'd really like to know your opinion about.

Idiot with a Tripod from The Mutiny Company on Vimeo.