PostPanic director Mischa Rozema’s new short film, Stardust, is a story about Voyager 1 (the unmanned spacecraft launched in 1977 to explore the outer solar system). The probe is the furthest man-made object from the sun and witnesses unimaginable beauty and destruction. The film was triggered by the death of Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot, who died aged 39 on 16th July 2011 from cancer. The entire team at PostPanic (the Amsterdam-based creative company) pushed themselves in their own creative post techniques to produce a primarily CG short film crafted with love. The film’s story centers on the idea that in the grand scheme of the universe, nothing is ever wasted and it finds comfort in us all essentially being Stardust ourselves. Voyager represents the memories of our loved ones and lives that will never disappear.
A beautiful use of photo manipulation and creativity in a series entitled “SUPER HERO” by Agan Harahap, a digital photographer and Illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The series merges super heroes with historic moments. For more of Agan’s work, check him at Deviantart or Behance.
At first glance, Agan Harahap’s SUPERHISTORY appears to be a tongue-in-cheek look at world history: Superman with Allied troops at the Normandy D-Day Landings; Batman inspecting paratroopers just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the European continent; Darth Vader at the Meeting of Yalta with Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. By inserting popular culture icons into photographs of historic world events, Indonesian photographer, Agan Harahap, forces us to rethink history and the way we remember the past. Conflating historical events with fictional characters that have become so much a part of our popular imagination onto the photographic plane, his pictures have cleverly tricked us momentarily into believing that these characters exist and were present to witness these events.
It’s kind of a personal “dejavu” for myself, today we’re featuring the “Hidden Niagara” photo series by the Toronto photographer Kathy Toth. Hidden cultures, social and economic change and the seemingly banal are all themes that dominate Kathy’s work. Kathy is a multidisciplinary artist, a largely self-taught photographer with a background in formal fine art painting. Kathy treats her photographic subject matter as a form of social commentary about the changes she sees around her and the marginalization she sees of art, communities and the changing face of industry and communities today. The complete series are available here and you can check more of Kathy’s work at her website or Flickr.