Scenes from New York circa 1940’s
Music by David Nederland – Tell Me About Oriental Philosophy
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Containing great old photographs by:
Brett Weston (originally Theodore Brett Weston; December 16, 1911, Los Angeles–January 22, 1993, Hawaii) was an American photographer. Van Deren Coke described Brett Weston as the “child genius of American photography.” He was the second of the four sons of photographer Edward Weston and Flora Chandler.
Todd Webb (September 5, 1905 – April 15, 2000) was an American photographer notable for documenting everyday life and architecture in cities such as New York, Paris as well as from the American west. His photography has been compared with Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, and the French photographer Eugène Atget. He traveled extensively during his long life and had important friendships with artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams and Harry Callahan. His life was like his photos in the sense of being seemingly simple, straightforward, but revealing complexity and depth upon a closer examination. Capturing history, his pictures often transcend the boundary between photography and artistic expression.
Enjoy the funk,
Posted in Cityscape, History, New Video, Retrospective, Scenery
Tagged antique photographs, Leo Bar, New York, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, United States, Video
Not much to tell about this piece, it speaks for itself, or rather swings by itself 🙂
(Check out what cocktails at nightclubs were going for…)
Enjoy the moves and great sound!
Posted in art, Dance, History, Music Video, Retrospective
Tagged antique photographs, Big Bands, Dance, Danza, Leo Bar, Music, Music Video, New York, NYC, Video
Uruguay celebrates “Carnaval” over 40 days. Some of the parades and performances have been postponed or delayed due to intense rainstorms and flooding. Here are some tastes of what it feels to be at the celebrations…
Music (remixed) Caminando by Hugo Fattoruso and the Drums of Cuareim (Lonjas de Cuareim)
Enjoy the feast,
Posted in Dance, Holiday, Montevideo, Music Video, New Video
Tagged animation, Carnaval, Carnival, Dance, Danza, Folklore, Leo Bar, Montevideo, Music, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, Uruguay, Video
This production was developed with 1950’s and 60’s exceptional photographs of NYC and their people by Samuel Gottscho and Vivian Maier. I also used footage from Archive.org ; “NY Staten Island Ferry” from the Prelinger archives.
Music is Afro Blue by Triplexity (Nikila, SaReGaMa and Hamelin Bérengnier) @ HTTP://www.Jamendo.com Remix by Leo Bar
(You may notice artifacts and pixellation in some photos or video sequences, these were caused by enlarging small formats into HD format)
All other effects are my fault and I take credit for them 🙂
Enjoy the show,
Posted in Cityscape, History, Homage, Montage, Music Video, New Video, Retrospective, Scenery
Tagged animation, antique photographs, HDR, jazz, Landscapes, Leo Bar, Music, New York, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, Samuel Gottscho, United States
New York Dream from PIX IN MOTION by Leo Bar on Vimeo.
A whimsical look at NYC from some choice angles and locations. The theme revolves around dreams by park “sleepers” and their fantasies.
Special thanks to Ed Yourdon at http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/ for some unusual photographs of the city and its people. Some time lapses are from stock footage. Others are pseudo time lapses, some are real 🙂
Enjoy the show,
Posted in Cityscape, Holiday, Music Video, paintings, Scenery
Tagged Aerial, animation, HDR, Leo Bar, Music, New York, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, United States, Video, Vimeo
This is one more chapter in the New York City vintage collection. It concentrates on capturing the faces and expressions of the average and not so average New Yorker. Several celebrities are caught in the act while posing for the camera. Also captured in their amazement are brand new immigrants from places around the globe.
The construction of this production started with the concept of pinning the Statue of Liberty as the centerpiece and “most recognized face” of NYC. From then on I used old films and a fair amount of Vivian Maier’s candid photographs that capture the human condition so well. Some images may be slightly distorted since they had to be reformatted to comply with the 16:9 wide format.
A look at some peculiar "faces" of New York in the 1950's decade.
This short piece contains street photographs taken by Vivian Maier, an American of French and Austro-Hungarian extraction, amateur photo-bug and nanny. The photographs were discovered in a thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side in 2007. She actually appears in one sequence, taking a self portrait against a mirror or window. Many of the scenes revolve around the Statue of Liberty, presenting very unusual angles and takes. There are also famous celebrities faces caught as they were doing "their thing".
Enjoy the ride,
Music: Cool – Dave Grusin Band
Leonard Bernstein, composer. Dave Grusin, arranger.
Photographs: Vivian Maier, Leo Bar
Paintings – Poster: Gil Elvgren
Vintage Film: New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Archive.org (all in the public domain)
Posted in art, Cityscape, History, Montage, Music Video, New Video, Photomontage, Retrospective
Tagged Aerial, antique photographs, art, Leo Bar, Music, New York, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, portraits, Video
Decided to continue with the NYC oldies series. The images on this piece are from the late 40’s and mid to late 1950’s.
Archive.org is where I found the majority of the films and photographs. A wonderful site where one can get lost and rummage as if it were your neighbor’s attic. Little gems of history appear shyly before ones eyes at all times. What an amazing trove of unique treasures!
I chose the music – New York, New York – (for obvious reasons) and the singer – Liza Minelli – because of her intensity and passion when she sang it live in Paris, France.
Enjoy the journey back to the past…
P.S. working on a follow up video that concentrates on NYC people and its food in the 50’s, stay tuned!
Posted in Cityscape, Montage, Music Video, New Video, Photomontage
Tagged Aerial, HDR, jazz, Leo Bar, Music, Music Video, New York, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, Video
This is another video in the sequence of old New York. I love to read, see and share about how this city evolved, from the early stages amalgamation to its glory days.
In this rendering I tried to insert as much comedy and farce as I could, without degrading the historical content. The video is not in chronological or any other order. It was assembled for artistic purposes to create the right atmosphere and tell a story of building, strife, progress, lunacy and fun.
Hope you enjoy the show,
Elements Used in this Production
Photographs: were sourced from Library of Congress and NY Public Library collections. I then proceeded to clean, size, scale and correct them for lighting, contrast. Most came from smoked glass positives and therefore are unique and fragile.
Film clips: Edison Inc., American Mutoscope and Biograph Company and Harold C. Lloyd Sr. movies.
Music: Reunion Cumbre by Astor Piazzolla with Gerry Mulligan
Posted in Cityscape, History, Montage, New Video, Photomontage, Retrospective
Tagged Aerial, animation, antique photographs, Leo Bar, Music, New York, NYC, old movies, Photography, Pix In Motion, Video