Take 16,000 vacant lots, no jobs, a food desert of convenience stores filled with potato chips and 40s, and a bunch of damn kids with nowhere to go but trouble street—and what do you get? We’ve all seen it. The bleak city where nothing grows but boredom with a side of despair. But something else is growing through the cracked sidewalks on Buffalo’s west side. Lively green things. Vegetables. And bright-eyed teenaged stewards of the land. The Growing Green Massachusetts Avenue Project is transforming the ghosts of vacant lots into gardens that thrive and wayward kids into wild urban farmers looking to change the face of food.
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Lucid Stead is and installation in Joshua Tree, CA. created by artist Phillip K. Smith III.
Phillip describes Lucid Stead this way: ”Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteaders shack reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain as if a mirage or hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desert darkness”.
Thank you to Phillip K. Smith III & Royale Projects: Contemporary Art for giving us the time to create this video and images (images can be seen at http://loumora.com/2013/11/04/lucid-stead/ ). Please go to Royale Projects: Contemporary Art to learn more about Phillip K Smith III & Lucid Stead.
Photographers/ Directors: Lou Mora & Sarah Yates
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.