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Giacomo Costa- Post Natural

Giacomo Costa- Post Natural

The last post, Brighter Days Ahead, featured a painting that dealt with the anticipation of the future.  The perspective of that painting had a somewhat optimistic and hopeful vision of what might be ahead.  There are, of course, grimmer visions of the future out there.  I  was reminded of this early this morning when I came across the photos of Italian photographer/artist Giacomo Costa.

Giacomo Costa- The Chronicles of Time   book coverCosta uses digital manipulation and , from what I can deduce, extensive architectural research to create large scale images that portray fantastic futuristic structures and cityscapes in various stages of decay.  They are very cinematic, easily fitting in any big budget sci-fi thriller,  yet stand on their own as pure, thought provoking imagery.  It was the cover of his book,  The Chronicles of Time, shown here on the right, that caught my eye.  I wasn’t aware of Costa’s work and thought this was a real building, one so fantastic and amorphous  that I couldn’t believe I had never seen it before this.

It may be a grimmer future, albeit one that may be a  millennium or two or more away, than we want to imagine but there is something beautiful in the recapture of the natural space by trees and oceans.  Perhaps, we may not be anymore at some point but nature will prevail in some form.  And that is, in some strange way, comforting, especially if you believe that we humans are not remote as a species but are entwined on a particle level with all natural life and will have some form of consciousness, even among the ruins of a human civilization.

It may not be the future we wish for but it is a future.  Check out the work of Giacomo Costa at his website.  It will make you think about the future and, hopefully, the present.

Giacomo Costa - Ground 1 2013 Giacomo Costa - Atto 9 2007 Giacomo Costa-  Aqua n 3 2007 Giacomo Costa

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David Plowden - The American BarnI recently picked up a book from photographer David Plowden, The American Barn.  It is filled with beautiful duotone images of the grand old barns from the  heart of America, structures that are vanishing from our landscape as the family farm fades away.  The images are nostalgic but not sentimental, with a bit of melancholy in the air.  I’ve always been drawn to the beauty of the barn and often amazed at the scale of some of these structures.  They represent a level of personal industriousness and vision that I can barely imagine today.

David Plowden- HeartlandPlowden has  made documenting the vanishing parts of America  his life’s work, producing 20 books covering all aspects of the the American experience of the last century.  His books have covered the steamboats of the Great Lakes, the great and not-so-great bridges of this country, the railroads and both the small town experience and the grit of the industrial landscape.

The cover of one of  his more recent books, Heartland, has an image that speaks to my own personal vision of the landscape so its no surprise that I find his work engaging.  Looking at his photos brings on a great feeling of déjá vu, as though I have seen and walked in many of these places, at least in spirit.  They are often spaces that are filled with space and emptiness but still have the air of occupancy about them.

Ghosts, perhaps.

You can see more of David Plowden’s work at his self-titled  site.  It’s it definitely worth a look.  If you want a quick overview of his work, do s simple Google Images search using his name.

David Plowden- Abandoned Barn, Barns County, NDDavid Plowden-- Sherman Township, Calhoun Cty, IA 2004

 

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I recently saw a short film called The Chapel which is from filmmaker Patrick Kizny.  It is a high-def timelapse film that explores the interior of a decrepit Protestant church in Zeliszów, Poland, designed by  architect Karl Langhans and built in 1796-1797.  It has obviously been in a horrible state of disrepair for many years but Kizny manages to evoke the architectural beauty of the building with his moody film.  At first, I thought it was all computer generated, like a video game, but this is real photography.  And a great and real building.  If you are a fan of the art in great architecture, this is quite striking.

If you are interested in seeing how the photography and look of this film came about, I have included The Making of The Chapel below.

Thanks to Via Lucis, a terrific  site specializing in the photography of religious architecture,  for pointing out this film. 

Making Of The Chapel from Patryk Kizny on Vimeo.

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