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dezeen:

Architecture studio Juri Troy has designed this eco-friendly timber house as a family home in rural Austria.

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5centsapound:

Toshio Shibata: Images from the book Contacts

*I find the poetry in Shibata’s work a good counter point to the spectacle of E. Burtynsky’s

via lensculture

For over 30 years, Toshio Shibata has traveled across Japan and the United States, producing a body of photographs showing the extent to which humans have shaped the surrounding world. The images mix landscape painting with documentary realism, thus moving beyond mere physical description. Indeed, Shibata’s work is not solely about the environment; he does not want to simply shame us for destroying nature. Rather, he aims to show the awe-inspiring extent of our creative (and destructive) powers, allowing the viewer to draw his or her own conclusions about the impact humanity has had on the world.

As Marc Feustel writes in his introduction:

"[Shibata] describes the process of making his photographs as “borrowing a landscape”: they are not images of the landscape but images made from the landscape. While they document the world that they depict, that is not their primary function. Instead, the exquisite nature of these compositions seems to be inviting us to look at the world a little differently than before, to reconsider what a landscape might be." […]

5centsapound:

Edward Burtynsky: Water

The project takes us over gouged landscapes, fractal patterned delta regions, ominously coloured biomorphic shapes, rigid and rectilinear stepwells, massive circular pivot irrigation plots, aquaculture and social, cultural and ritual gatherings. Water is intermittently introduced as a victim, a partner, a protagonist, a lure, a source, an end, a threat and a pleasure. Water is also often completely absent from the pictures. Burtynsky instead focuses on the visual and physical effects of the lack of water, giving its absence an even more powerful presence.” - Russell Lord - Curator of Photographs - NOMA

Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal have also reunited to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water.

Romeo + Juliet (1996) Trivia: In 1994, one year before principal photography began, Leonardo DiCaprio flew to Australia on his own dime to film a workshop with director Baz Lurhmann in order to explore the idea of a modern Romeo and Juliet and see if the concept could actually work.

(Source: romeoandjulietfan, via mazzystardust)