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A tribute to all the spaces we have lost from Mabos, to the Joinery, Supafast, MART, Subground 43, the Complex, the Factory, Space 54, Moxie Studios, the Habour Playhouse, Exchange Dublin, and now Jigsaw / Seomra Spraoi. They were the heart of city that's been dying a long time. Without them, the place is empty. A sad, smug hotel shopping center. A vultures nest.
American Simulacrum. San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts & Golden Gate Bridge.
Shot 2019. Music - 'Return to Now' by Joanne Stack. The Palace of Fine Arts was one of ten palaces at the heart of the Panama-Pacific Exhibition. For a time the Palace housed a continuous art exhibit, and during the Great Depression, artists were commissioned to replace the decayed Robert Reid murals on the ceiling of the rotunda. During World War II, it was requisitioned by the military for storage of trucks and jeeps. At the end of the war, when the United Nations was created in San Francisco, limousines used by the world's statesmen came from a motor pool there. From 1947 on the hall was put to various uses: as a city Park Department warehouse; as a telephone book distribution center; as a flag and tent storage depot; and even as temporary Fire Department headquarters. While the Palace had been saved from demolition, its structure was not stable. As a result of the construction and vandalism, by the 1950s the simulated ruin was in fact a crumbling ruin. In 1964, the original Palace was completely demolished, with only the steel structure of the exhibit hall left standing. The buildings were then reconstructed until 1974 in permanent, light-weight, poured-in-place concrete, and steel I-beams were hoisted into place for the dome of the rotunda. All the decorations and sculpture were constructed anew. The only changes were the absence of the murals in the dome, two end pylons of the colonnade, and the original ornamentation of the exhibit hall. In 1969, the former Exhibit Hall became home to the Exploratorium interactive museum, and, in 1970, also became the home of the 966-seat Palace of Fine Arts Theater. In 2003, the City of San Francisco along with the Maybeck Foundation created a public-private partnership to restore the Palace and by 2010 work was done to restore and seismically retrofit the dome, rotunda, colonnades and lagoon. In January 2013, the Exploratorium closed in preparation for its permanent move to the Embarcadero. In April 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, plans were announced to convert the Palace of Fine Arts into a temporary shelter for 162 homeless people. The decision was reversed shortly afterwards, following protests by residents of the neighboring wealthy Marina neighborhood and concerns that the lodging conditions would be inadequate. - Wikipedia
Emerald City. San Francisco (4K).
Filmed in 2019. Music - 'City Lights' by Joanne Stack. Featuring footage from across San Francisco including Alcatraz, the Trans America Pyramid, City Lights Bookstore, Fisherman's Warf, Cable cars, Pier 39, Lombard street, Sea Lions, Tony Bennett and the eerie streets of San Francisco. City Lights is an independent bookstore-publisher combination in San Francisco, California, that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. It also houses the nonprofit City Lights Foundation, which publishes selected titles related to San Francisco culture. It was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin (who left two years later). Both the store and the publishers became widely known following the obscenity trial of Ferlinghetti for publishing Allen Ginsberg's influential collection Howl and Other Poems (City Lights, 1956). Nancy Peters started working there in 1971 and retired as executive director in 2007. In 2001, City Lights was made an official historic landmark. City Lights is located at 261 Columbus Avenue in Chinatown, near the border of North Beach.
Rise of the Machine Gods (The Mobile World Congress)
Shot at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2019. Music by Joanne Stack. A brief exploration of our consumption by technology. " it’s a compelling a vision, but it’s also a disturbing one, not only because of its sci-fi dystopia connotations. Such a network doesn’t just transmit information that we as people act upon, like we would by searching the Web on our smartphones. Our devices themselves are acting on that information, and the decisions they make aren’t necessarily the ones we would choose." - Gigaom
Sausalito Bay (4K) Marin County, California
Shot Summer 2019. Music by Joanne Stack. Featuring footage from Pelican Harbor and Presidio Yacht Club Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California, located 8 miles (13 km) south-southeast of San Rafael, and 4 miles (7 km) north of San Francisco. Sausalito's population was 7,061 as of the 2010 census. The community is situated near the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and prior to the building of that bridge served as a terminus for rail, car, and ferry traffic. Sausalito developed rapidly as a shipbuilding center in World War II, with its industrial character giving way in postwar years to a reputation as a wealthy and artistic enclave, a picturesque residential community (incorporating large numbers of houseboats), and a tourist destination. The city is adjacent to, and largely bounded by, the protected spaces of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Shot on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K, with Sigma 18 - 35 and Loawa 7.5mm.
Tallinn in 4K - A Trip Around One of Europe's Most Beautiful Cities
Some views of Tallinn, the stunning capital of Estonia. Last Summer I traveled to Tallinn and caught these images of the Old Town and Telliskivi creative city. I'm ashamed to say I'd never even heard of this beautiful little city, which resembled Edinburgh, with its old town purchased on a hill above the modern city. I'm also pretty ashamed I had to post this video three times, due to my complete inability to spell Tallinn. Shot on the BMPCC4k with Sigma 18 - 35 and Laowa 7.5mm lens. Cameo from Richard Lacey.
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