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NYC BIOTOPES

nyc bio

For this week’s edition of Audio Visual we present an abstract interpretation of NYC by Lena Steink├╝hler. What appears to be an ordinary day gets transformed into a beautiful new world where urban assets transform into their biological plant-like counterparts. As Lena describes, “My graduation project – New York Biotopes – deals with abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York City. A type of metamorphosis, where the newly developed vegetation assimilates with elements of the city and makes them useful for their own purposes. These creatures and plants, partly mechanical, partly organic in appearance, spread more and more over the city and fill it up with life.” Click Read More to view.

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A SKIER'S JOURNEY

japan a skiers journey

Ski season is quickly approaching for us east-coasters. We’re looking forward to making a couple runs this year and this video just pushed us over the edge. Japan: A Skier’s Journey follows two skiers, Chad Sayer and Forrest Coots, as they make their way through Japan and uncover the beautiful contrasts between Tokyo’s urban density and Hokkaido’s sprawling forests. The director, Jordan Manley does an excellent job telling the story and providing plenty of eye candy for the viewer. It’s a real inspiration to watch these two skiers experience the vast cultures and landscapes. As they describe it, “This episode explores spaces of simultaneous anonymity & intimacy, rigid tradition & an embrace for the future, finding epic powder each step along the way.” And note, this is only episode one of the series. It looks like they have their eyes set on Dubai for episode two. So stay tuned. We posted the video below with a few pictures.

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TORONTO RISING

toronto city time lapse

Toronto is a beautiful city. Each time we visit, it gets harder and harder to leave. The people, culture and architecture keep us coming back. If you haven’t visited Toronto yet, get ready to be persuaded. For this week’s Audio Visual we present an amazing time-lapse video by Tom Ryaboi.

Capturing the city wasn’t easy. As Tom describes, “When I started time-lapse photography a year ago I thought it would be something I could just jump right into and master, as I’ve been taking stills for nearly a decade now. But I was quickly humbled by the medium as I struggled to put together worthwhile footage after repeated early attempts. This, I realized, was a whole other animal. The relationship between the cold glass, steel and concrete below coupled with the often majestic clouds, sky and sun/moon never ceases to be a source of wonder.” Click Read More to view.

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A WEEK IN TOKYO

tokyo video

Lukas Backland is a photographer and video editor from Stockholm. While visiting Tokyo he shot an amazing piece about the city. We’ve seen several shorts on Tokyo, but this one is particularly compelling because its pacing, range of perspectives and clarity is excellent. In a short amount of time Lukas’ video provides plenty of incentive to visit one of our favorite cities on the planet. If you enjoy people-watching you’ll definitely enjoy this. We’ve posted a few photos with the video below. Click Read More to view.

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MANY STEPS

many steps

Whenever we parachute into a new city our first mission is to walk around and explore. Sometimes, after hours of being out, we’ll arrive at our hotel to realize we’ve walked miles and miles just soaking in the city. So when we came across this week’s video, it resonated. Takayuki Akachi’s Many Steps is a beautiful expression of travel. It’s the traveler, the local, the location, the traditions, everything. It uniquely demonstrates a larger global connection, and as he describes it, “All of us breathe in the same air and step on the same ground.” Get ready to be inspired. Click Read More to view.

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POINTS IN SPACE

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This week’s Audio Visual celebrates the urban ecosystem. Shot in Melbourne, Benjamin Ducroz and his team placed a camera at the the city’s busiest intersections to capture beautiful stop motion effects applied to a single billboard. The results are outstanding. It’s a stunning interpretation of the city’s energy. As he describes, “Using 1050 individual A0 sized frames with long exposure photography, ”http://www.ducroz.com/" target="_blank">Points in Space presents Melbourne’s Central Business District and its cycles of repetition by responding to the flow of traffic at key intersections." We really enjoyed this video. We’ve posted it below with a few additional images. Click Read More to view.

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MIDNIGHT SUN ICELAND

midnight sun iceland

It’s June and this time of year presents a special opportunity to witness a natural phenomenon. In Iceland, the sun never fully sets and remains in the sky for 24 hours a day. Midnight Sun – a fantastic short video by Michael Levy – captures this beautiful event while Iceland’s awe-inspiring landscape sets the stage. Michael describes it best, “For 17 days I travelled solo around the entire island shooting almost 24 hours, sleeping in the car, and eating whenever I had the time. During my days shooting this film I shot 38,000 images, travelled some 2900 miles, and saw some of the most amazing, beautiful, and indescribable landscapes on the planet. Iceland is absolutely one of the most beautiful and unusual places you could ever imagine. Especially during the Midnight Sun when the quality of light hitting the landscape is very unusual, and very spectacular.” We’ve posted the video and a few photos below. Click Read More to view.

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