Peter Gabriel’s New Blood project has been absorbing a lot of time over the past few weeks and months - indeed it’s very much ongoing with an urgent need to get several video projects off my computer and into the world.
Some of the photography has already escaped from my machine and is appearing in various promotional contexts, such as in this poster Marc Bessant put together for the 3D New Blood film screenings - it’s a mix of shots, but calls the lovely Canon 300mm F2.8 lens into play, which is always a beautiful thing to look through.
New Blood’s been a groundbreaking project for many of us involved in it’s making. For me it’s unusual in that a large number of photographs are going to find themselves breaking free of the screen and entering the physical world with the Deluxe Edition housing versions of the album and film in a 60 page book of photographs I took during the recording sessions at Air Lyndhurst and the concerts at Hammersmith Apollo. I’ve also been working on the designs for the 3D Blu-ray interface,perhaps the first piece of what I was going to call ‘genuine’ 3D to make it into production since a Masters in 3D graphics drew me to Real World many moons ago. It all get’s a bit abstract if I try to explain what I mean by ‘genuine’ because it’s certainly not real, but with the right glasses on it does feel like you can put your hand behind it and like the film, it breaks free of the screen. The effect is quite subtle on the menus because primarily they have to function as an interface and there is already a lot of implied motion in play as I’ve used a set of photographs I took at the shows that utilise a lot of camera and lens movement to abstract the experience.
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I climbed to the top of the studio to take this picture of a passing steam train. It was the second time it had passed, this shot being the return leg, so a better angle as it passed the studio.
A quick crop and I delivered copies to the various social media posters on site. The picture appealed to more people than I imagined, garnering thousands of ‘likes’ and hundreds of comments across it’s various Facebook postings. Along the way, it generated it’s own steamy hot air.
So, there’s a Hassleblad laying around at RW *and* Peter knows how to use it?
Steam trains appear to have a huge appeal, so what seemed like a throw-away image hase garnered more comment and activity than anything else recently. Having shot this with my old 5D using a 17-40mm f4 lens whilst handholding the 5D Mk11 in my other hand for a tighter shot, it’s been amusing to read some of the comments…maybe I should have put them right, but I didn’t have the heart.
...unless someone has a penchant for making images square to a thousandth decimal place, it was shot with a (the) square format camera which would be a Hasslebad ( the first camera the U.S.took into space, and then the moon). I ran the original into PS and it measures 14.222 inches high and wide.
I am (as my profile pic shows) a medium-format guy from way back. The high-resolution scan must look fantastic. What are the chances we could see an autumn, winter, and spring version of this same view?
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