Video by Miss Aniela at the PODAS/Phase One workshop at Weston Park, UK, shooting 6 models in period costumes using the latest Phase One IQ180 80-megapixel digital backs. Co-hosted with Drew Gardner. The video shows images produced by the participating photographers and also the process to surrealistic part-painting, part-photograph composites produced by Miss Aniela.
When I first started Mirror City, I wanted to create a video that was completely out of the norm. I wanted to showcase something unique and artistic, which takes Timelapse photography into a more abstract direction. Mirror City is a visual story through some of the great American cities: Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. These clips were all processed from their original form, into the kaleidoscopic visuals that you see in this video. Many people visit these large cities every day, and all of these places have been shot and filmed, but I wanted to emulate these urban landscapes in a way that nobody has even seen before. I wanted to put man-made geometric shapes, mixed with elements of color and movement to create less of a structured video, and more of a plethora of visual stimulation.
The video starts off with simple mirrors and recognizable architecture, as the video progresses, so does the visual stimulation, showing the real abstraction of the piece.
I have worked on this piece for an extremely long amount of time. I have spent time mirroring images and videos for the past five years, and I have been working on this specific piece for about four months. I felt it was time to combine Timelapse photography and the simplicity of a kaleidoscope, and create Mirror City.
Here's a quick BTS of my shoot with Rob Thomas (creator of Veronica Mars) for the Austin-based REAL Magazine. The idea was to have Rob selling props and memorabilia from earlier VM episodes to pay for the film.