In the early 20th century, the photograph still seemed new. The German intellectual Walter Benjamin tried to understand how photography changed art: it replaced the “aura” of the masterpiece with a new, democratic way of making pictures. Going on for a century later, we’re living in the midst of a technological revolution that has left photography itself behind. Here’s the latest: artist Jorge Colombo makes pictures of New York street life using the Brushes application (bought for $4.99 — “a great leveller”) on his iPhone. The results are impressively delicate and lively.
Lots of people take photos on a phone — the casual record of what you see is fun to share. Colombo’s pictures are a creative extension of that: he sketches what he sees in New York, and these fast, fragmentary glimpses of a car park entrance, a pizza joint, a view between buildings have an impressionistic immediacy. He can “draw in the dark”, working on the illuminated screen to depict the city by night. They are not pretentious, they do not claim to be more than a sort of visual diary. But they show that a sensitive eye can use any medium to respond to the beauty of the world — whether it’s a brush or Brushes.
by Jonathan Jones
The Guardian, Monday 16 March 2009
Client: InterContinental Hotels World Wide Production: Juice Moving Images UK / Container One Mexico. Director: Lester Perkins Camera: Phil Astbury Producers: Grant Branton / Raul chapa Location: Ixtapa, Guerrero.
For their new edition of corporate films, InterContinental Hotels chose a series of true stories based on IC employees experiences with their clients, Mexico had two different stories featured in this campaign.
The beaches and landscape of Ixtapa in Guerrero in the middle of the Mexican Pacific coast revealed to be the perfect setting for the ride it took two surfers from California looking for the perfect wave.
They had to drive trough rivers, among cattle and along empty beaches to get to this spectacular surf spot nested within lush jungle and far from everything.
The shoot was rather easy and the crew was kept small to be able to access those remote places Mexico has to offer and to be able to capture the beauty of this country and the Mexican beaches.
No doubt this material will be very well appreciated among the industry, and we look forward to the reaction of the locals who received us with open arms and big smiles in their faces…