Station Eleven

The apocalypse is all the rage. From ‘The Walking Dead’ to ‘Interstellar’ the current theme tune for the world seems to be ‘It’s the End of the World as we Know it’. Even the literary novel is getting in on the act. Emily St. John Mandel’s latest ‘Station Eleven’ is set in a world devastated …

Afterimages

The French have the whole memory thing down,what with Marcel Proust and his remembrances. Not forgetting that our word memoir is in point of fact their word co-opted by us. Patrick Modiano continues the fine traditions in his super short novella ‘After Images’, the first of 3 novellas collected in the book ‘Suspended Sentences’, which …

Heinrich’s World

Many photographers have attempted to give their work a painterly feel. Perhaps one of the most successful was an early Austro- German photographic pioneer called Heinrich Kuhn. Using an early color photography process known as autochrome, he created dreamily impressionistic images of friends and family that seem to exist in some painless parallel universe.

The Obscure Outdoor

Abelardo Morrell is best known for his work with the camera obscura. In order to find new ways to use the technique he worked with his assistant, C.J. Heyliger, to create a light proof tent. This allowed him to project views of the surrounding landscape via periscope style optics, onto the ground inside the tent. …

Do Not Go Gentle

Seeing interstellar the other day reminded me of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. Why? Because they use some of the lines from his most famous poem throughout the film Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the …

Future Space

When we think of futuristic buildings we see them as shiny, smooth and untouched by time. Not so in the work of Dionisio Gonzalez. In his latest series the architect and photographer creates structures that seem like they were beamed down from the future sometime ago and are now being slowly eroded by nature. When …

The End Of The World As We Know It.

My brain hurts. I just went to see Interstellar and it’s scientific explanations of horizon lines and singularities have left me with a headache. It’s one of those deals where the future speaks to the present, which soon becomes the past all because of some complex formula involving gravity and relativity that I’m too thick …

Nightcrawler

In the disturbing new film ‘Nightcrawler’ people’s insatiable desire for real life blood and gore leads to the creation of modern monsters, namely the men who will stop at nothing to get footage. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a man whose general sleaziness is only matched by his ruthless ambition. Bloom trawls the nighttime streets …

The Book of Strange New Things

Michel Faber gained fame for his book ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ that was turned into a BBC TV series. Recently his book Under the Skin became a film starring Scarlett Johansson as a female alien who prays on her vulnerable male victims. Now he returns to the science fiction genre with a fascinating …

Union Reunion

Ad agencies are run by generous, warm-hearted, caring people who want their employees to feel appreciated. So when Union won agency of the year in Canada, it showed them they were the most important part of the company. After revenue….