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Fri Dec 30, 2011, 11:10 AM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:

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Fri Dec 30, 2011, 9:11 PM

Louie Schwartzberg: Witness to Nature’s Winged Struggle for Our Survival

Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance.”  It was also an amazing documentary
film utilizing slow-motion and time-lapse photography of cityscapes and landscapes across America to
beautifully, although disturbingly, depict our modern society’s growing unbalance.

Cathedral Of Nature (cont.)

One of the cinematographers was Louis Schwartzberg, who has since gone on to make it his life’s
mission to use his cinematic artistry to raise the alarm for public awareness of the dire situation
we face in the possible collapse of our taken-for-granted natural resources.  The “colony collapse
disorder” currently decimating our honeybees was the prompt for Louie’s new movie, Wings of Life: A
Love Story that Feeds the Earth.

With the wonders of CGI dazzling our senses as never before, it takes a work like Wings to stun
us with the magical beauty of nature going on everyday in the outdoors all around us.  It’s a story
that plays out seasonally and never changes plot, yet watching the players perform their roles is
more engrossing, entertaining and moving than any Hollywood screenplay.

The film is a cinematic wonder of beautiful camerawork capturing natural beauty – the finest example
of a “dialogue” between nature’s own “narration” and the “journalistic” skills of a poet-soulled artist.  
Pure magic.

Cathedral Of Nature (cont.)

But beyond the beauty is the deadly serious message:

If we don’t start better preserving and protecting nature, humanity will surely not survive the extinction of the commonly overlooked but absolutely essential source of our very existence. As Wings so clearly reports, the “four pollinators” whose lives serve as the foundation of our food chain – our bees, bats, butterflies and hummingbirds – are in danger of extinction brought on by loss of habitat, climate change, pesticide overuse, etc. These four groups of tiny creatures who exist only in the shadows or as momentary distractions in our daily field of vision, creatures so seemingly inconsequential, are in fact the lynch-pins in the transfer of the means of human subsistence from the plant world to the animal world.

If we lose them we lose over a third of our fruits and vegetables.  Watch Wings for the sheer enjoyment of the breath-taking beauty of Louie’s cinematographic artistry.  But be sure to really “listen” to what the majesty of the beautiful flowing images, and imagining their disappearance from our world, is really telling us.

Flying Orchid by louieschwartzbergCotton Candy by louieschwartzbergOpening Up by louieschwartzbergI Need to get Leid by louieschwartzberg

Louie has been filming the pollination of flowers with his time-lapse technologies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for over 35 years.  He says he never tires of watching and recording “The Dance.”  The pollinators are seduced by the beauty of the budding flowers into facilitating their reproduction.  Beauty and its power of seduction are nature’s means of survival, from the plant to the animal to the human kingdom.  In Louie’s cinematography is captured the desire for survival that is as real for a single flower as it is for each one of us admiring that flower’s bloom.

Life desires life, no matter how brief it’s time on Earth. And the preservation of that delicate balance of life drawn forward from flower to hummingbird to you and me is an epochal struggle that has been going on forever – but a struggle we have only become aware of in recent generations.  Hopefully our awareness of the needs of nature underlying the beauty we’ve taken for granted so long will not have come too late.  Louie Schwartzberg’s art is doing a lot to building that awareness needed for our survival.

An Interview with Louie Schwartzberg:


While you’ve made great contributions to the visual arts in commercial Hollywood cinematography, the artistry you are best known for involves stunning depictions of “nature in the balance”, as in “Wings of Life”. Can you speak of creating your special kind of “3-in-1” art that combines (1) the beauty of nature with (2) scientific documentation and enlightenment (3) in the service of humanity?


Cinematography has always been a voyage of discovery. I use the camera as a portal to explore other dimensions of time and space. Nature has been my teacher and taught me to explore and reveal things that I can identify as universal rhythms that connect with my soul, unveiling the mysteries that are too small, too vast, too slow or too fast for the human to perceice.

From a scientific perspective observation is the first step toward exploration and experimentation. Wondering how and what if is the "sense of wonder" Einstein referred to when asked his definition of God. Being present and observant is also the first step toward being mindful. When you are mindful it opens your heart to beauty and compassion for humanity as you recognize that in nature it is all connected and since we are a part of nature we are connected to each other as well. Nothing in nature survives without a relationship to another living thing. The ability to cooperate is what has enabled humans to build civilizations. Cooperation is also what humankind needs to do now in order to survive by restoring environmental sustainablility, social justice and respect and gratitude for all living things.


There is a passion to your photography of the “Cathedral of Nature” that evokes the spiritual mechanics of life on the planet. But your celebrations of the wonders of the “Great Watchmaker” are set against many groups in denial of global warming, etc. Do you see a real change of consciousness being sparked by artistic/documentary works like yours?


I hope my films inspire and open people's hearts. Beauty is natures tool for survival because you will protect what you fall in love with. You can detail all the shocking facts about environmental degradation, but unless you move people emotionally there won't be the shift in consciousness we need to solve our problems. Intellectually we have all the answers needed to affect change, what we lack is the will. That is where most organized religions and their leaders have failed to move their followers. What could be more spiritually important than sustaining Life on the planet, having respect and awe for all living creatures, and ensuring social justice for all people.


Your use of time-lapse photography in capturing the rhythms of nature makes your pieces seem like symphonic compositions. Can you speak to the direction of narrative through the manipulation of tempo with time-lapse assemblage?


I never get tired of capturing the rhythms of Life that are beyond our perception. We see life at 24 frames per second, an extremely limited view. I have been filming time lapse flowers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for over 30 years, capturing 2 seconds of screen time per day totaling 12 hours of total footage. I can now go out and film slow motion at 1000 frames per second and capture 12 hours of footage in a couple of hours. What is truly amazing is that when played back the graceful, poetic, symphonic motion of the time lapse flower or the slow motion hummingbird is the same yet they come from two opposite ends of the time spectrum in nature. So humans look like time lapse ants to a redwood tree and we also look like a slow motion giant to a mosquito. My cinematic techniques takes us on a enlightening ride of time and scale that feels like a dream, yet is authentic and real.


Watching “Wings of Life” gives one the feeling of having attended a reading given by a great poet. Can you speak to the relationship your photography has to poetry, i.e., the epiphanous explication of the quotidian, magical connections gone unnoticed, the examination of the telling details that reveal the workings of the whole world?


My goal is to capture the fantastic in every shot. When I edit them together I give it a direction based on the continuity that is revealed to me in movement, composition, color and emotion. After a while the film speaks to me and tells me how it wants to be assembled taking advantage of serendipity, and letting the flow occur in the magical haven of being in the zone. I am no longer the director just a good listener taking direction with a wide open heart and mind. Poetry is all about pace and the unique ability to experience it over and over and not get tired of it but discover new meanings and nuances, that is what I hope my films can accomplish.


When did you first become aware of the “migratory brotherhood” of bees, bats, butterflies and hummingbirds, now endangered, and so key to our own survival on the planet? Do you see parallels between the “The Pollinators” and human migrant workers, likewise so necessary yet always threatened? Is your work ever criticized for being “political”?


I first started off by wanting to tell the story about flowers. Than I read about colony collapse disorder, the mysterious decline in bees, where they don't return to the hive, and scientists have still not figured out the cause through any forensic investigation. It appears to be a cumulative effect of stress, loss of habitat, pesticides and their growing demand to pollinate agri-business mono crops of thousands of acres in a very short time. The same stress, travel, poor diet, exposure to pesticides also negatively affect migrant workers, who are also taken for granted. If the bees go we lose over one third of the world food supply. If the migrant workers go, we lose harvesting the pollinated and fertilized crops that we depend on to survive. You can't tell the story of the bees without telling the story of the flowers, which most scientists agree was the greatest biological event that occured on the planet more than 135 million years ago. Before flowers there were only cold blooded animals. The invention of flowers brought about energy packets called seeds, nuts, and fruits which enabled warm blooded animals like mammals to evolve. Most people today still don't realize that a flower becomes fruit. And without bees to transport the plants pollen (DNA) around to reproduce because plants don't have legs to move, Life as we know it would disappear. What I did not know was that in addition to bees, bats, butterflies, and hummingbirds are also pollinators that ecosystems depend on for survival.


From your early cinematography like your work on the amazing “Koyanisquatsi” to “America’s Heart and Soul” and “Wings of Life”, you have been a documentarian of our modern “lives out of balance”. How do you see art, for both the individual and the public, as a curative to our current sensory overload? Can new digital technologies now serve as instruments of healing the damage done by earlier blunt-force technologies?


My hope and belief is that new digital technologies evolved by forces that mimic the intelligence and networking capability of nature, in order for nature to protect itself from man's self destructive behavior.

The internet is like mycellium, vast fiber thin single celled fungi systems that can grow to be 50 square miles and is basicly one organism. All plants and animals are trying to get the message across to us humans to get our act together before we create a mass extinction. We need to open people's hearts through art. Artists have antennae into the future. Since most people don't live in rural areas growing their own food, we are disconnected from the foundation that supports us, Life itself. So if we can experience truth and beauty through digital distribution of art on digital display devices (formerly known at televisions), than I have hope that we can reawaken people's spirits, and facilitate the consciousness shift that must happen in order to create a sustainable future. That is why I am creating my own digital channel so people can have nutritious options in the 500 channel Universe where there is a lot of  junk food. It's no wonder that TV ratings go down every year as people shift away from negative energy. What if you could tune in to inspiration, relaxation, rejuvenation, celebration, all the gifts that artists provide, that we can't access in our over populated stressed out urban lives. The meaning of Koyanisqautsi was a Hopi Indian phrase meaning 'Life out of Balance" and the film ended with a rocket exploding indicating that technology was going to be our downfall. I believe it is the opposite. Democratized digital media communication networks is the only way to globally educate masses of people quickly, which is the solution to affect behavioral change to live in harmony with each other and preserve the life giving sustainable resources we need to protect.

Questions for the Reader:

  1. Do you feel that artists have some sort of “natural” duty or inclination to educating themselves about, or caring about, nature and related subjects?
  2. Why do you think it is that the most common elements in our lives (like flower pollination) are more and more overlooked as art subjects?  Is it simply the massive amount of technology dominating our lives?  Or is it something more basic, perhaps “anti-nature”?  Or is an appreciation of the natural coming back?
  3. Is there room in our hunger for eye-dazzling entertainment for both “Avatar” and “Wings of Life”?  Do you think CGI, etc, will “kill off” nature documentary films, or will both natural and CGI “manmade” films exist for as long as they’re done incredibly well?

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Reverend-Robin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
You put into your art what I love to see, but cannot take home, through your artistic eye and skill I can now view it as if I was there. Thank you
windforest Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
wow that was really inspiring, just ..... breath tacking I have to say. wild life, and camping has always been my favorite thing.
Streamstar6783 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Breath taking. But it is true. We are so wrapped up in ourselves we do not open our eyes to the beauty of the world around up, the day given to us to live, because it could be out last. We must embrace every moment we have, and live it to it's fullest. Bless the world, and beings who thrive here.
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I just added Louie Schwartzberg's wonderful gallery in my watch. Thanks for introducing. :)
SoupLover Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I'm crying deep and motivational...................
zexxx13 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
... nice ... :):D
Sutexii Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly beautiful.

There are no other words to describe it:)
piratevamp Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1.) I don't think it's a "duty"; it's more of a natural thing for artists and writer's. We want people to see the world through our eyes. There is beauty all around us, and whether that beauty being in urban decay (where plants are beginning to take back parts of the city) or a gigantic flower field, it doesn't matter. We see this beauty in the world we live in, and we want people to understand that it's out there. I've always loved nature, and I have a hard time thinking that someone could be out there that honestly doesn't. Everyone at some point in time has daydreamed about finding that bit of paradise; that part of land that has no one but yourself (and perhaps some loved ones), living in tandem with nature instead of against it.

2.) I believe that an interest in the "natural" is coming back, but also being deterred. So many people are too focused on the many distractions that society brings. At the same time, people are becoming more aware of their impact on nature, and are taking steps to do what they can to protect the environment in their own community.

3.) I loved the film "Avatar" as much as I loved the BBC Documentary "Planet Earth". If anything, films like "Avatar" stand as a testament for the filmmakers' love for their own planet. Seeing the beauty of Pandora inspires people to go out and seek that same kind of beauty here on Earth. And when we do find it, and we do see it, it just makes it that much more beautiful to us, because it's HERE. As long as both kinds of films touch the hearts of its audiences, and inspires people to search for beauty, they will continue to be successful.
OranReiji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
I'm glad there are poeple like you and I who feel the need to communicate what we have learnt. Thank you for sharing this. I agree with what you have said. And lately I, too, have believed and seen signs of proof that interest in the natural is coming back. In many ways. But the thing that I realized that, in a sense, was the most shocking to me in regards to our relationship with the natural world is that for so long we have been in synch(sp?) and depended and understood how the natural world functions and us in relation to it. Then, in a matter of 100 or 200 hundred years, a few people have placed so many status quo's and rules and guidelines and "convenient" stores and so on... Althought the biggest distraction is probably electronics, from what I've seen. After all, a phone is not just a phone anymore, it is also an internet connected-browsing device that is supposed to bring you closer to your friends... oh and none of them call me anymore... Hmm... I guess it's a good thing I got internet... Maybe.
Thanks again! :)
piratevamp Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I feel really strongly about nature and our planet, as well as the people from all over the world. I truly believe that we are all connected by the energy that flows through all living things. Take all of our comforts away and it's amazing to see just how much we and other living things rely on the natural cycle of nature. Everything almost seems to happen for a purpose, and I find that to be absolutely beautiful.
ChiragtheOO7 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
seifertacko Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I'm.......speachless!! (drooling....)
MsCrys Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Beautiful video, DA. great choice. :) Makes me wonder how many of us actually take the time to think about just who it is that gives these beautiful gifts for us to enjoy. :heart:
KOOLKUL Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Art with a great social message.
Thanks for allowing us to share the work, I'm sharing it on my fb page. I hope a great number of people read this piece and help make the world a better place.
soulfox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I do not think the appreciation of the natural has ever gone away. It's perhaps been somewhat overshadowed by technology, but only for those who allow it to be.
OranReiji Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Good point. :)
nazina234 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
very nice
greenanac0nda Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Spoken like a true leader
TheTrumpeteer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think more "serious/professional" artists (as in not just people who doodle their notes from time to time) have more of a moral responsibility to use their ability to spread awareness on issues around the world from time to time, whether it is about nature or not, kind of like giving to charity, e.g. [link]

Common elements are always overlooked, from how all the other cancers that aren't breast cancer have much less publicity, our luxury items mostly made from sweat shops, how on the other side of the world, our worst day would be another's best yet we are so focused on ourselves, etc, etc.
As Ellen DeGeneres puts it, "Sometimes when I am driving I get so angry at inconsiderate drivers that I want to scream at them. But then I remember how insignificant that is, and I thank God that I have a car and my health and gas. That was phrased wrong - normally you wouldn't say, thank God I have gas."

I think nature documentary films will still exist as long as they're done well because less people will see nature in real life as urbanization/pollution continues, and at their leisure times want to stay in touch (like going on vacation to more remote places and such). Nature may become more and more foreign to developed parts of the world, which would become an attraction.
OutlawOA Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Words and Pics of Hope, Dreams and Inspiration; never Ever lose sight of the dreams that U strive to fight for for a Great cause, my friend.
Take care, Louie.
IreneBuzasSzlavikne Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
CORNAmazing, thoughtful, fantastic.
AlexandraWorldArt Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
myeyesinthemirror Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow i'm so glad you posted this, this is so amazing :iconcamera: :iconbeauroseplz:
Ashieepants Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I think the best thing I took out of that video was the narration. Especially the final phrases. :)
birdsivu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope that every day I could keep this thankfulness in my heart. Thank you so much for this incredibly beautiful, eye opener.
JenaDellaGrottaglia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this is simply beautiful such an honest and pure sentiment behind it Bravo!
SplitNinja Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nature fades, but people can't see that even when it's right in frint of them. I hope this opens people's eyes.
Emprison Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
This makes me sad because even though the threat is very real people prefer to turn a blind eye.
OranReiji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Well, at least we have a choice whether or not to turn a blind eye, don't you think? :)
PrincessAsparagus92 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love nature... I don't want everything to be extinct :heart: :( :heart:
LadrodellaSabbia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is the most true thing i've heard in a whiler
but don't actually go green, green skin is ugly looking
DTKinetic Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, how refreshing, a beautiful way to start off a Saturday morning :nod:
And it definitely shrinks our problems down to scale, example = complaining about the weather because its a cloudy day outside, or having to wait 10 minutes at the bus stop. Take your time to relax as you get over it, take a deep breath, look around you and count your blessings and you may realize that there are still plenty of things in your life to appreciate. And no you don't have to be an artist to learn how to do that (nor is it our duty like we have to do it for the rest of the population), that's something everybody could do. :pray:
mattscuppa Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was amazing, and the faces are so expressive!

Sorry, kesia6075, but your comments rub me the wrong way. Yep, the earth may be able to heal itself, but we have yet to stop killing it long enough for it to do so. And God's idea of an earth healing itself may or may not be what you expect it to be, so if you like the gifts we have now, it's best to show a little more stewardship and a little less dominion.

I think that, as artists, we especially have a responsibility to take nothing for granted.
kesia6075 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire. He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. ..." Psalm 104:1-35 ESV

"Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel." Proverbs 12:10

"Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”" Genesis 1:26 ESV

"And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”" Genesis 1:28 ESV

A.K.A. I respect people who ACTUALLY care for the earth, and do not disregard human homes and lives to save say, a species of tree frog. But I do not like the idea that we are working to destroy our beautiful home. God does tell us to care for the earth, and to care for the inhabitants of it. But He has also informed us that we have dominion over every physical thing that He has given us. Psalm 104:1-35 clearly states that the earth was not created to be easily destroyed. No human hands could possibly demolish all life on earth, drink up all the water that it holds, cut down all the trees, kill all the animals, or destoy all of its landscapes, or even any percentage of any of these things that exceeds .000243% percent. (figure of speech) Be calm people. Be calm, and have faith in Gods creation for once. I am not telling you not to care for it, but do not go as far as to diregard human life for the life of a species, or the trees, etc. The earth was created to heal, and replenish itself.
MAD-Uninc Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Believe in people and nature, not in myth. Faith should NOT be blind...
kesia6075 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it is easy to believe in the visible things around us. But what would faith be if not blind? Faith is about closing your eyes and jumping into the arms of something you cannot see. Faith IS blind, whether you want it to be or not. And who are you to say that God is myth? You cannot see air, but there is proof of it all around you.

What do we have in this world, if not faith? C.S. Lewis
MAD-Uninc Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.
Carl Jung
kesia6075 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don not understand what this has to do with my previous comment.
MAD-Uninc Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Most people's perception of faith leads them down the wrong path... That being said, you seem well educated, and this volleying of words could go on forever. What if Christopher Hitchens and Karen Armstrong went head-to-head. (I am in no way comparing my intellect to theirs...)
dawno Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ever read any Christopher Hitchens? You probably should.
kesia6075 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ever read the Bible? You probably should.
piratevamp Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish there was a thumbs-up option for comments, because you deserve one. Love that man.
dawno Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
MagicBat99 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
:iconzomgplz: :iconsobeautifulplz: :iconinloveplz:
HarlequindeSade Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
1. I don't particularly feel that artists have any real 'duty' to educate us about nature or caring about it, but I do believe that it would be beneficial. Even in areas where there is supposedly minimal pollution, we are more concerned with technological things, representationalism, or (and I speak from some personal experience here) eroticism. I am a cynic, but perhaps it isn't so much that we don't care as much as that we simply prefer what will please us immediately. To quote Poe, 'He would have preferred Rabelais' Gargantua to the Zadig of Voltaire...'

2. To me, I believe nature in general is being overlooked little by little, but there is no particular reason why. I will disagree on the idea that there is an 'anti-nature' sentiment about the human race, as I don't believe we are willfully destroying the environment simply for the sake of destroying it. Also, I wouldn't so much blame technology as a whole as much as just the parts of it that give us pleasure. It's already known we have more leisure than we know what to do with. But would lessening it really bring us back to caring about nature? At this point, like so many things, technology may just go underground if we did. We need to not just show people how nature is important, but how too much leisure-and I said leisure, not technology or anything else-can lead to apathy.

3. This one all depends on who you're dealing with us. I personally did not like Avatar, but only because I felt like I was being preached to. Don't get me wrong, I like messages in film, just not like that. Off of that, it would depend on how you present it to people. I think if you present it as a college film to be studied, students might take it a bit more seriously, but sadly, it's not something that many people are likely to pick up on their own unless their older. Again, this is the cynic in me, but I believe that the reason so many people enjoyed Avatar initially was due to how it gradually turned into a Michael Bay film (but that's another subject altogether). Also, a good deal of people dislike Avatar for so many 'technical' reasons that I can't get into.

Will CGI kill true nature films? Once again, that depends on the audience. If you're dealing with a bunch of younger people who just want to see battles between man and nature or the like, then give them CGI. If you want to take some mature people who want to see honest nature, give them something real. It all depends on who you're dealing with, and if done right, both can coexist on fair enough terms.
ScylarDlacon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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GoldenSagittarii Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
What a fantastic conceptual work.
PitVanCalvinII Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
2• Why do you think it is that the most common elements in our lives (like flower pollination) are more and more overlooked as art subjects? Is it simply the massive amount of technology dominating our lives? Or is it something more basic, perhaps “anti-nature”? Or is an appreciation of the natural coming back?

I guess it’s people’s progress in a cultural „denaturizing“ that’s the reason mainly. A path leading away from nature by different hermeneutics that teach people nature was dangerous, nature was bad, oldfashion, overcome and filled with possible hazardous things. I watch this path-off in society since I was a little kiddo and I often had to wonder what it was that drives people to live like that more and more. It’s a rather dreadful thought like „we don’t need nature“ than „anti“ really. I don’t really think technology is at fault, but the increase of time-shortage dependant on money, on the picture of the profitable people, and how it does take influence on priorities in people’s life, connected to this path away from nature, that interflow to a point, where interests compulsively will be weighed one against another. Usually people will walk after the most profitable, so I would say, once there’s enough profit to be drawn out of nature, people will learn to eventually value it. Sad as it is…

3• Is there room in our hunger for eye-dazzling entertainment for both “Avatar” and “Wings of Life”? Do you think CGI, etc, will “kill off” nature documentary films, or will both natural and CGI “manmade” films exist for as long as they’re done incredibly well?
I think there’s enough space for both of it co-existing, as long as people evolve to expand their mind into higher resolution levels of perception. Too, I think that movies like „AVATAR“ found a good way to synerge awareness in the mind of people that get the possible deeper meaning in it. Unfortunately, not many people seem to have understood the message in that movie and it made me wonder, since it’s the basic topic you’re raising these questions about. In germany, well, most fellas just thought it’s that worn-out story about bad cowboys that destroy some native people’s world, pretty well. Not that may were able to get the message, they just went in for the FX-Action and the wild, near-to-could-be-reality-like Weta-people-magics. I think that’s what happens if the story’s ambitions are set very high and have to meet the action-level and profit-potencials- mask as it’s probably dictated by the movie industry… still, I think, with so having both these possibilities we can reach different types of people, some who like fantasy better than reality, and those who like reality better than fantasy. The message – we’re all connected, the flow is in every living thing, we depend on nature to function precisely in order to sustain – can be transported on both these forms. I don’t think that documentary will disappear, once man-created films will reach the level to identify with possible natural settings. ( On that hand I’d say, man-made creativity never will out-diverge nature ever, since nature’s ways to produce diversities, by logical thought, must be infinite, even beyond the limits of human perception ) Documentary will keep alive as long as there’s people who can grow up with said inner spark to discover, to take interest in, to be creative on and become aware on the facets of nature. It’s our inner nature, to be interested, as long as there’s no interference, no one cutting off the connection. That may be our global responsability – to keep up the connection.
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