The first sci-fi movie I remember seeing was Altered States, and I loved it! I was 11 then, but I love it still, even today. Since I have, of course, loved Star Wars, Alien, Independence Day, Predator, the list is endless. I love the possibility of life on other worlds, but am saddened by how more often than not in our literature and films we wind up killing each other.
I wish that we could imagine better stories with happier themes, where we impossibly all just get along. In the meantime I offer for you viewing enjoyment a link to the fabulous sci-fi art of Pascal Blanche.
Ever see one of those incredible photos with the Milky Way on full glorious display over a landscape and wonder how the hell do they do that?
Check out this weeks Storyland Art Recommendation, and behold the wondrous creations of Michael Shainblum Photography: https://www.facebook.com/shainblumphoto/
His photos are beyond amazing and on his page he has filmed some Q&A’s for photographers who are interested in doing their own, or in just learning about his incredible process. It’s great information for photographers on equipment, style and editing software.
He impressed me tremendously with his art, and his discussion sessions because he made it very clear that while some specific equipment can be necessary for some complicated shots, what you need most is a good eye and a passion for the art. That’s something that is often overlooked when people just want to sell you thousands of dollars of equipment and editing programs. Catching the dream shot is more about seeing it than anything else, and how sometimes you have to see beyond the moment you are in, and anticipate the beauty that awaits.
He mentions that you can contact him to license the use of his pictures, so if you are looking for cover art that is out of this world, this might be a good place to start!
I love it when art inspires art, and we can all support each other in making our dreams come true!
Some days you just need a distraction. It might be Friday and you’re watching the seconds tick by too slowly, it might be presentation day and you are wound up so tightly that when you open you mouth all you can make is a squeaky sound, like a balloon on a semi-controlled air dispersal. It might be that you are waiting to see the fate of a 200+ year democracy.
Whatever the case may be, on days like that I usually need something to distract me. Today, just in case you need something to take your mind off of things for a bit, I did a quick search on FB and found this: Bizarre Art.
I glanced through and saw some thought provoking and fascinating things. Check it out for yourself.