WONDERS OF LIFE

In celebration of Indie Street’s VOD release of scifi film “Sankofa”, we’re checking out some of the best in astronomy photos from this year! Earlier last month, the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards released their winning photographs (or “astrophotographs”) to the public. A mix of both professional and amateur astrophotographers’ work was celebrated - with images of the solar eclipse, moon, dwarf galaxies, and stars on display. Check out the otherworldly images and be prepared to be awestruck by the beauty and mystery of our universe!

Documentary films exist to show us some form of reality. But what if they could start showing us things in a way we’ve never seen? What if they could show us a reality that looks like something out of this world? That’s what Jake Oelman wanted to do - so he trekked through the Colombian jungles, following his father Robert Oelman, a macro photographer. His quest? To not only capture his father’s work but to also discover the most insane insects of the Amazon. His documentary Learning to See (which recently premiered at SXSW) takes these subjects, both the stinging and flying variety, and magnifies them in order to show these exquisite, strange little creatures in a way we’ve not seen before. This portrait reminds us of the most important battle of all: the world against mankind’s harmful influence. No Film School interviewed Oelman and producer Jerry Aronson and discussed what goes into making a macro documentary. Read here to get the scoop!

NASA has just launched a new “We The Explorers” campaign that will allow you to send pieces of your own original artwork on a roundtrip journey through space! In collaboration with NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team, the art will travel on the first American mission expected to return with a small sample of asteroid Bennu in a few years. The artworks chosen will be uploaded on a chip and carried on board the vessel this September. In a pretty creative move, NASA is embarking on the creation of a unique time capsule that will be traveling and living in space for millennia. The possibilities are almost endless for this opportunity.  According to NASA, “Your submission may take the form of a sketch, photograph, graphic, poem, song, short video or other creative or artistic expression.” They are accepting submissions via social media until this March 20. Read more on the initiative here. And remember, there are no creative limits in space!

Jason deCaires Taylor has attracted quite a lot of attention for his underwater sculpture museums and the transformations they undergo once taken over by marine life. Trained in art, Taylor is also a qualified diving instructor and naturalist. A few years ago, he fused all of these life experiences and skills together to create the world’s first underwater sculpture park, Vicissitudes, located in the West Indies.Taylor’s latest, Musea Atlantica, which has been in the making for two years, might be his most ambitious project yet. Check out his thoughts behind the sculptures and images of the otherwordly museum that exists below the surface here.

Somewhere in the windswept valley of Patagonia, Emily sits cross-legged next to her blue Westfalia at the foot of a glacial-blue lake looking up at a series of snow-capped mountains, huddled behind the trees. She holds her newborn, Sierra, in her arms to make the most of the region’s scarce warmth. Her husband, Adam, organizes the harnesses, rope and belay-system with their first-born daughter, Colette, to prepare for a day on the rocks. “When Patagonia gives you warm earth, you sit on it,” reads a caption on the family Instagram page, the primary outlet for neo-beat life, trading notebooks for cellphones and using DSLR cameras to convert their many experiences into a living story, unravelling itself across the Internet, day by day. Read More

This 25-year-old is the youngest person to walk the entire

Andrew Siess, a 25 year-old from Minnesota, just became the youngest person in the world to circumnavigate the globe entirely on foot. Born out of a recklessness passion for the road, for Siess, his journey wasn’t about recognition, but was merely the next step in a lifestyle choice that began in 2009, originally taking him on two wheels to the southern-most tip of South America in 2010. “I already biked to the end of the world and back, canoed the Mississippi and sailed across the ocean. I wanted something that scared me, and walking was the next step,” says Siess. So in May of 2012—starting in Sorrento, Italy—Siess bought some cheap clothes and a backpack, and started walking.


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Collaborating with both nature and time, Andy Goldsworthy creates amazing spectacles of natural expression that are by nature disposable at some point in their own existence. In his words he takes each of his works "to the very edge of its own collapse." Photography hardcovers and a movie (Rivers & Tides) on his work can be purchased at Amazon.

These mesmerizing sculptures find hidden beauty and stories by reflecting the patterns and laws of nature. London-based artist Jonty Hurwitz creates ‘Anamorphic Sculptures’ which only reveal themselves once facing a reflective cylinder. Hurwitz took an engineering degree in Johannesburg where he discovered the fine line between art and science.

Have you seen the Strandbeest?

If you have not heard of Theo Jansen and his ongoing 20+ year project Strandbeest (Beach Animals), we would like to introduce you. These mystical moving creatures are kinetic sculptures the Dutch artist builds from PVC and move from mostly wind energy. Here is a black and white compilation he recently released of different sub species of the Strandbeest over the past two decades. #Breathtaking

Painting with emotion & memory.

Sergio Albaic asks "What is a truly realistic portrait?" This question inspired a project about going beyond physical appearances and attempting to render the interior world of a human being, through memories, emotions, relationships and personal story. All of it organized around a portrait painting metaphor: brushes loaded with meanings instead of paint would render a portrait using my “generative video painting” techniques...visit Sergio Albaic's website