The art of flying is a short film about “murmurations”: the mysterious flights of the Common Starling. It is still unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding. Every night the starlings gather at dusk to perform their stunning air show.
Because of the relatively warm winter of 2014/2015, the starlings stayed in the Netherlands instead of migrating southwards. This gave filmmaker Jan van IJken the opportunity to film one of the most spectacular and amazing natural phenomena on earth.
The idea to shoot macro video with skin, according to the folds of which flowing paint, came to my mind in 2014. I often work with paints and my hands are constantly stained dirty, because I do not wear latex gloves while working. One day, I just looked at my hands dirty with paint and I liked the way the colors blended, the way they filled the folds on my palm. In one night I shot few footage and added them to the video "Warm-Up" (vimeo.com/92839404).
After 3 years, I decided to develop this idea and shoot a video in which the paint will flow not only on the hands but also on the other parts of body, I wanted to explore how different patterns on different areas of human skin. Under the macro lens it looks like satellite images where the folds of the skin looks as a riverbed along which multicolored river flow.
Basically in the video appears fingers, palms, those places of skin where there are more deep folds. At this time, apart from the hands I applied paint on the lips and nipples too. The way the paint flowing down from the top of the nipple and spreads over the aureole reminded me of a volcanic eruption, especially this analogy is noticeable with a fluorescent orange paint.
The biggest technical challenge was to minimize the effect of jitter, because it is impossible to get a person to stand still as a statue and not breathe for several minutes. Especially under the macro lens, shaking of the skin and defocusing are clearly visible. A lot of footage was removed for these reasons. The video includes no more than 8 percent of all footage I shot. Most of the footage with lips were removed, the final video included only 3 footage, and these video sessions were the most uncomfortable for the model, because the paint constantly pour into the mouth.
The process of filming took me about 4 months and 7 video and photo sessions with model. With each session, new ideas and technical adjustments came to my mind. For example: after only 5 sessions, I had an idea to use fluorescent paint dye to achieve a glowing neon effect.
Camera: Sony a7R2.
Lens: Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G
Elements is an experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov about nature, physics, art and love. More than 2 billion elements / particles governed by tensions and forces of nature were used to tell stories and show emotions through the motion of collective behavior.
The film is a trial to explore the idea that everything around us and inside us is made from simple elements / blocks which can be arranged in complex relationships and become compound structures. We could project this idea into emotions, behaviours, thought processes, relationships, life, planets and the universe.