Monthly Archives: May 2011

Sculpted Glass


Human-made glass is thought to be the oldest manufactured substance in the world. The history of creating glass can be traced back to 3500 BCE in Mesopotamia.

A great project to work on, with beautiful pieces of glass art and sculptures. It took a long time to bring it to light, but it was done with passion, emotion and precise detailing.

I hope you enjoy the short journey,
Leo

Artists’ Works Used in this Production:
~ Matthew Stewart @ matthewstewartglass.com
~ Dale Chihuly (recent exposition in Boston. MA)
~ Crystal Stubbs

In this production I used video from lava flow of Kilauea volcano, HDR photography, compositing, chroma keying and split screens to enhance the visual experience. Music is Glassworks composed by Philip Glass played by (unknown ?)

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Hunger nightmares


This topic was on my agenda for more than a year. I wanted to communicate the gravity of why so many people go hungry or undernourished everyday. Lack of food is mostly due to man-made causes that can be addressed and corrected.
In this production I try to clarify the causes only. There are more intelligent and capable sources to correct the problem, so I didn’t cover the solution phase, nor do I feel capable of doing it.
The purpose of this video is to call attention and raise awareness to some of the foolish things we are doing as nations that create hunger for a lot of a our fellow humans.

I hope you support this message by redistributing it and posting it wherever it will be seen.
Thank you for watching,
Leo
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Some Astonishing Facts:

.: 925 MILLION people go hungry every day!
.: The world produces enough food to feed everybody with 2,720 calories/day!
.: Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion metric tons — gets lost or wasted :: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/74192/icode/
.: Women produce about half of the world’s food but they own only about two percent of all land!
.: Children are the most visible victims of under-nutrition. 5 MILLION children die each year due to hunger/malnutririon! :: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_percentage_of_population_suffering_from_undernourishment

Sources of data: U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization; BBC; NASA, Wikipedia

Naked Trees


This project was a pain and a pleasure to produce. The pleasure involved working (our third collaboration) with Luis Carlos Espinosa Padilla and a great original score. Luis Carlos is a talented artist and musician from Tenerife, the Canary Islands. Another source of pleasure was to be surrounded by nature and staring at 100-year old trees, some older, with their twisted limbs and branches. Even their bark speaks loudly of their age and experiences.

The pain came about while climbing one of them to get a better angle, and being landed abruptly on my behind by a 30 mph. gust of wind. Needless to say, I didn’t try climbing again! Simply because the pain would not allow me and secondly because I’ve been told I’m a quick learner 🙂

Despite this mishap after reviewing my filming, I realized that I had messed up some of my settings ending up with many blurry images. So I returned, no climbing this time either, and captured what I thought were unique close-up and macro shots, like a single bee buzzing inside the syrup bucket drinking the fresh sap dripping from the tree… Unfortunately upon downloading the film, (this time the focus setting was on infinity instead of macro), and the bee was nothing but a big flying blob spoiling the distant clear views of a forest!

So if you don’t succeed at first… On my third outing, the buckets had been removed, the sap cores plugged, and the sun was shining so beautifully that my shots were faded and lacked contrast. Not a hint of a breeze, so everything was still and perfect (but not for filming). Although I met a friendly giant poodle that took a bite of my camera. And so, I learned that one must cease the moment, because it never returns in the same fashion.

Enjoy the trip,
Leo

Elements Used in this Production

~ Original Score Music: Luis Carlos Espinosa Padilla
~ Learn more about this artist :: http://lcespa.blogspot.com/
~ HDR photography and film; split screens; digital art: Leo Bar

Fire Crystals


Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
-Robert Frost-

Ever since childhood I have been collecting stones, gems, and minerals. Everywhere I travel I pick more “dirt” and visit caves and mines when possible. It’s fascinating to see what fire and water under the patient direction of nature have been able to create. This is a small tribute to mother nature and its beautiful “stones”.
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The Naica mine of the Mexican state of Chihuahua is a working mine that is known for its extraordinary selenite crystals. Located in Naica in the municipality of Saucillo, Naica is a lead, zinc and silver mine in which large voids have been found, containing crystals of selenite (gypsum) as large as 4 feet (1.2 m) in diameter and 50 feet (15 m) long.

The Cave of Crystals (Cueva de los Cristales) is a chamber approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) down in the limestone host rock of the mine. The chamber contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest natural crystals ever found. The selenite crystals were formed by hydrothermal fluids emanating from the magma chambers below. The cavern was discovered while the miners were drilling through the Naica fault, which they were worried would flood the mine.