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Best of the Web

Photographers and filmmakers show us the world through their lenses, their perspectives of the world, often capturing the beauty in the mundane, the poetic in the midst of chaos.  These artists have the power to direct our vision to what they hold curious.  It is their sense of sight that captures our attention, allowing our eyes to take in their visual sense of the world.  The craft of visual storytelling can go beyond the scope of words or even a narrative; it can capture a mood, a sense of atmosphere. It invites viewers to intermingle their imaginations with the visual tableau created by the artist.  This week’s selection is a nod to the power of visuals, something beyond a thousand words.

We are all connected
The World Wildlife Fund’s video “We Are All Connected” has no narration or words. The video is a series of diptychs juxtaposing sights and sounds of civilization and humanity with nature.  The similarities are striking, reminding us that no matter the complexities of humanity, some things are universal.

Canadian singer-songwriter Feist’s video for her song “Anti-Pioneer” is a gorgeous and emotional piece of artwork.  Filmmaker Martin de Thurah wanted to reflect the intimate nature of the song with something very simple, complex and emotional.  While on a two-hour break from filming promos for her song “The Bad in Each Other,” De Thurah found an old building with beautiful light pouring in to film in.  The play of light and shadow, coupled with subtle camera movements that seem to sway with the singer’s breath, paints a sensual and mysterious picture to accompany Feist’s hauntingly melancholy voice. “Nowness,” an online visual blog of inspiring stories influencing contemporary arts and global lifestyles, features an interview with Feist opening up about working with De Thurah.

Filmmaker Daniel Mercadante, also known as Everynone, creates another visual feast revolving around a common object, a ball. It is a universal shape that we are all familiar with, from meatballs to baseballs, from balls of fur to the Earth itself; it is a message simple yet profound.

The Epic & the Beasts
Call them street punks, vandals, beasts… call them skateboarders.  Dutch filmmaker Sebastian Linda’s “The Epic & the Beasts” is a film of the modern day Lost Boys of Never Never Land.  When they were kids they didn’t dream of being firemen, pilots or superheroes; instead they dreamed of jumping up curbs and flying down rails, flipping their boards through the air, a dream that continues to this day. Skateboarders, much like photographers, look at the world differently, turning the mundane into a world of possibilities: A rail becomes a ride, a crack in the pavement becomes a jump. Smooth-flowing slow-motion sequences paced to a syncopated electronic soundtrack and moody shifted color palettes framed within visually arresting compositions combine in this epic film about being epic.

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