Archive for the 'Panoramas Please' Category

Turrell’s Three Gems

June 26, 2008

It was cloudy so the hole was white not blue. There seemed to be an abundance of security cameras tucked into brownish plastic dimples looking down from above. The outer walls had small cracks various places that were distracting. Somebody had recently (hopefully only) spilled something on the floor. There are better descriptions elsewhere (and even some video) but the panoramas captured other aspects of the space. It was blinding even on a cloudy day.

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The Noodle Shop and City Hall

January 31, 2008

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The noodle shop (above) and across the street, city hall (below).
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Equinox at Avebury

January 29, 2008

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The pub was full of pagans. Lots of tattoos, crystals and a greyhound wearing a velvet cape. Not being able to plan for a better coincidence, I got to Avebury on the day of the autumnal equinox. Winter starts under cloudy skies and looking closely there is an eggshell in one of the stones.

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Then it’s a spider darting into a crack in one of the megaliths. Rain seems imminent, the pagans have returned to the pub and re-claimed all the tables.

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Then its a pile of grey and white feathers smeared over bright green grass, like a bird explosion. Then it’s a single brown rabbit’s paw. Just like the good-luck key chain one of the neighbors used to have but this one just just sitting there in a field. Without keys, of course. But enough getting caught up in the details, it’s time for another pint of cider and the big pictures.

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Stone Rivers

January 26, 2008

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Andy Goldsworthy’s Stanford campus “boneyard”-robbing sculpture Stone River is an impressive piece that really does benefit from some panoramic stitching to better capture its sweep (although the satellite photos are close). His work has been described as ‘breathtaking‘, ‘fascinating‘ and ‘mystifying‘. A news item about the construction of the piece noted:

” Though Goldsworthy’s palms and fingers are callused and his fingernails are discolored from years of working outside, he didn’t lay any stones himself, he said. His role was to achieve ‘the ridiculous edge’ he was after.”

Edge achieved (imho). In a related interview he stated: “That’s one of the reasons I give talks — I don’t enjoy giving public lectures — but sometimes it’s necessary to deflate things.” There is also a Stone River now in Aspen, Colordao that has been blogged as “a hard piece to describe, a hard piece to photograph”. At the risk of finishing the post where I started, I’d have to say a panorama might work better.