Like most things these days, one image on a certain event can inspire more action and intrigue than a few hundred words. Case in point: the few remaining uncontacted tribes within the Amazon rainforest. In an effort to protect these tribes from encroachments upon the rainforest’s natural resources, one public employee takes to the tree tops to document these natives’ existence–and value–to Brazilian officials. The line may be blurred between inquiry and exploitation, but should the humanity and rich anthropological heritage of the Amazon not be explained in full to those seeking to capitalize on it, illegal logging might by the name of the game for the foreseeable future.
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Hitting Chicago’s three tallest buildings at the same time (the Willis Tower, a Trump hotel, and the John Hancock Building, respectively) lightning proves an apt device for highlighting the Windy City’s soaring sky lines.
Shot for over a year at an incredible 2,000 meters above sea level locale, Spain’s Canary Islands provide all of the natural wonder that your hearts desire.
Amid the isolated splendor of the Canary Islands sits Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide. As the area is home to few, Teide provides some staggering glimpses of the Milky Way and the life just outside our reach. If this series of time-delayed shots doesn’t compel you to become the next great astrophysicist, it should prompt you to book a flight to Spain.
The completed portrait is a rich and intimate study of a man’s unique vision, his materials, and his inevitably flawed execution of outwardly conveying that internal vision to others. In short, it documents the human condition. But what if that act can be perfected through technology? Is it art, or is it science? Or both? Utilizing visual feedback and optimization, along with five different brushes and repository of 24 colors, robot painting machine e-David creates original works of art with an artist’s touch–not his hand. The results are aesthetically stunning and easily pass as a human production, but is it truly artwork?
We turn to the silver screen for escape, meaning and diversion. In the process, the films we choose to see–and those that are made and draw critical success–explain much in the way of the human condition. Narrated by Orson Welles, here’s Cinema’s take on the human life cycle.