Daily Photo – The Keys That Bind Us All
Every two years there is the Venice Biennale for arts. If you haven’t heard of it, I’ll attempt to explain it here.
It’s sort of like the Olympics for art. Each country sends one artist to decorate a room or home or villa or warehouse however they wish. Some countries do just paintings. others sculptures, others video with music, it’s just all over the place. And you sort of walk from one venue to the next to see what each country has offered into the mix.
This is Japan. They had this lovely room with old ships connected by one super-long red piece of yarn that interconnected throughout the space and were strung through 1,000 keys. The idea was that the sea and boats interconnect the world and hold the keys to connection.
Daily Photo – Temple of Psychedelic Awakening, Burning Man
Every year Burning Man has a different “temple” that represents a wide range of spiritual groundings. While not the official temple, this “Totem of Confessions” held some of Timothy Leary’s ashes that Susan Sarandon brought along. I think she just travels with lots of ashes of famous pyshconauts. I’m not sure. This is a gothic cathedral-style piece plastered in Kafkaesque photo collages of animals and people inside. Tons of people went inside the 60-foot high structure, which had a confession booth and eerie peephole rooms. In the right context, psychedelics can give people direct access to the divine in the universe and inside of themselves, so these are truly gifts to humanity to help spread consciousness and love.
From the Worship collection on Foundation.
Cool Article in Wired
Here is a cool article about “The Mystery of Memory” in WIRED magazine that features me, my photography, and a bit of scientific analysis. If you look at it on the web, you’ll see it has an incredibly cool format for scrolling too… never seen anything quite like it!
Daily Photo – Island-Hopping in Thailand
One day while at Phulay Bay, I jumped onto a boat to take a tour of the archipelago. A few of the islands had these little caves where people would have little shops and sell things. You can see one of them tucked away there back underneath the limestone awning.
A cool product
Here’s a cool thing I saw called Saent. Check it out! I bought one…
Black and White
I’ve thought about opening up a Tumblr or something just to quickly dump all of my “misc” work that never makes it to the blog. I actually create 3000+ photos per year, but only publish my favorite 10% here on the blog. It’s not that the others are “bad” but there is lots of experimental stuff, kind of like this one you se
Daily Photo – What You See at the Venice Biennale
This is from the Russian pavilion. That’s my friend Rene up there, getting freaked out by this giant gas-mask guy. Those eyes inside are on huge video screens, so they actually move around, right and left… it certainly gives you a strange feeling… like the Russians are watching! 🙂
More from the Japanese Pavilion at the Biennale
Here’s another photo of this really cool space that I posted a few months ago. That post also talks more about the art piece.
Across the Crown Range
If you ever come to Queenstown, there are two short drives I recommend. The first is to Glenorchy, and the second goes through the mountains below (see that green valley?), across the Crown Range, and into Wanaka.
Daily Photo – Soaring Back Home
There was a fresh dump of snow as I was flying back from San Francisco to Queenstown a few days ago. This is the last flight of the day that lands at the little airport with the strange callsign ZQN. They don’t allow any night flights currently because it is such a tight and dangerous landing… but this may change in the future.
Some silly video from Vietnam
In case you missed it, here’s Robot Trey on Snapchat (treyratcliff) after landing.
Daily Photo – Clouds Over Vietnam
Here’s a photo I got out of the airplane window when flying from Ho Chih Minh city to Phu Quoc. As you can see, the sky was pretty crazy, and these are some of my favorite (and quite rare) light situations! I started shooting casually with my RX100, but then when things really started hotting up, I decided to go for the big A7r!
A Review of the Presets
Good man Scott Bourne did a very nice review of the presets on his site on Photo Focus. If you’re still undecided, please go check that out! You can jump right over to the Photomatix Presets page here on the site too.
Making a Quick Pano
Here’s a photo I made with the built-in pano maker on the Sony. It’s very fast and easy! The only downside is that it doesn’t create a RAW file — just