A parallel Worlds

Monday June 6 2016 / Art & Design

Nick Brandt has been photographing African wildlife since 2001 and during that time has observed that the animals' natural habitat was being destroyed at an ever-alarming rate.

To highlight this plight, Brandt conceived of a series of huge photographs called Inherit the Earth. To create them he erected larger-than-life-sized portraits of Africa's four-legged inhabitants in landscapes where they once may have roamed but no longer. Rubbish dumps, quarries and warehouses have replaced the wild plains.



Brandt photographed the animals in East Africa, printed his photos in California − each to 10 metres/30 feet long − and then shipped the framed portraits back to Africa.





When setting up his huge photographic panels, Brandt paid particular attention to matching the horizon lines of the image with those of the land. He also waited patiently for the clouds in the landscape to match those in the photos.



Brandt revealed that, "I worried that I was exaggerating the situation, but at the end of the day, these photographs don't cover nearly the level of actual dystopia."



If you are in or visiting Berlin or Stockholm in the next few weeks or months, you can see Brandt's "Inherit the Dust" exhibition:
20th May – 11th September 2016 : Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm
13th May – 9th July 2016 : Camera Work, Berlin

And if you like your photography closer to home you can buy the beautiful "Inherit the Dust" coffee table book at http://www.artbook.com

Suggested by
Ian Skellern

Monday May 2 2016 / Science & Technology - A Little Levity

We've all been here, haven't we? Well, hopefully a few of you at least will have shared the following scenario with me in childhood: you have folded the perfect paper plane, which in your imagination soars effortlessly across the room to gasps of admiration (and a tinge of jealousy) from the rest of the room. But, in reality, when you release your plane (with just a little too much force) it flies straight down to the floor with a paper- and soul-crushing thwack, followed by a quickly rising volume of laughter and sniggers.

If only there was a better way.

Monday March 28 2016 / Science & Technology

Think about how we move in rough terrain for a movement: whether walking uphill, downhill, or across hills, we always try and stay vertical because that's how our bodies balance best.



However, we do tend to learn over when going around corners quickly because that keeps apparent forces vertical to our bodies. French company Swincar has now developed an off road buggy that operates in the same way on rough terrain and at speed as our bodies do.

Friday January 1 2016 / Art & Design

When the Eiffel Tower was erected for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, many outraged people averted their eyes from what they viewed as a hideous iron beast. But the construction that once turned away so many is now among the most recognisable monuments in the world.


In Seville, Spain, the challenge of convincing the public was no different but the materials and engineering were: try building the largest wooden structure on earth atop ancient ruins while creating an inviting space for everyone to enjoy . . . in addition to rehabilitating a dilapidated part of town. This was the Metropol Parasol project.

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