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Friday, October 31, 2008

To Frighten Charles

posted by on October 31 at 12:48 PM

Olivo Barbieri’s aerial views of real places made to look like models scare the crap out of Charles. Anyone care to theorize why?



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Adult swim uses a bunch of those for their inter-show cards

Posted by G$ | October 31, 2008 12:52 PM

cause charles is mentally feeble?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 31, 2008 12:54 PM

freaks me the hell out, too. it's like that feeling when you lay down on a roof and stare up at the open sky and feel like you're going to fall up.

Posted by boxofbirds | October 31, 2008 12:54 PM

There are no boobies in them?

Posted by Abby | October 31, 2008 12:58 PM

@3 Wait...what? What are you on and where can I get some?

Posted by Hernandez | October 31, 2008 12:59 PM

Because the pictures are too focused for his scattershot approach towards dissonant existence?

Posted by DENVEROPOLIS | October 31, 2008 1:00 PM

Because they are based on reality? (and yeah, there's no boobies/supermodel/natalie merchant/amanda knox on view).

Posted by scharrera | October 31, 2008 1:04 PM

Tilt-shift photography is the opposite of James Casebere's photographs of miniature, completely empty rooms shot to look bigger than they really are. Charles is loyal to only one kind of altered perception.

Posted by the man who couldn't blog | October 31, 2008 1:05 PM

It's like seeing action figures modeled after real people. You think, "Hey, I recognize that person," but at the same time you're thinking, "That's a doll." Real life / doll / real life: It's this weird perspective shifty thing. Makes me feel funny.

That said, I love the tilt shift pictures.

Posted by Kalakalot | October 31, 2008 1:06 PM


Posted by max solomon | October 31, 2008 1:09 PM

@9 I believe that's called the "Uncanny Valley":

Appropriate that zombies are the deepest point of the valley and here it's Halloween...

Posted by Ootah | October 31, 2008 1:13 PM

they're frightening because they're reminiscent of the sand castles or lego cities we all used to build and then destroy/watch be destroyed by forces much, much larger than them. A reminder of the essential transience of our existence.

80 years on this earth is really no longer or more consequential than 80 minutes, to put it more deppressingly

Posted by rococo | October 31, 2008 1:14 PM

Good old tilt-shift. 'Course, you can do the same with a fairly simple shop/gimp trick. Flickr has a bunch of them:

I actually don't always like the tilt shifts (and the simply-done fakes) because they're not accurate; the focus should be based on the object's distance, not by vertical position in the picture. Some people do it right, though.

Posted by K | October 31, 2008 1:17 PM

the obvious aspect that he hasn't been able to remove is the motion of water in his photos. In both these cases the flow of water tattles on what he's trying to do,.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 31, 2008 1:18 PM

I would say it's due to his tenuous grip on reality and his inability to distinguish between metaphorical and literal statements.

Posted by raisedbywolves | October 31, 2008 1:19 PM

@15, you're one of those assholes that yells out discontinuities at movie theaters, aren't you.

Posted by rococo | October 31, 2008 1:24 PM

chaz's life is one big discontinuity

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 31, 2008 1:46 PM


Posted by Trevor | October 31, 2008 1:48 PM

#13: Thanks for the link. I've been a fan of tilt-shift for awhile but I'm too scared of fucking up my gear to try it myself, so this way I can fake it. YAY!

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | October 31, 2008 2:04 PM

These look like Lori Nix photos - except she does make tiny models and photographs them. I adore her work, thanks for letting me know about this.

Posted by genevieve | October 31, 2008 2:17 PM

Abby's right.

You can never have enough Natalie Merchant though.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 31, 2008 2:49 PM

@11: Veeery interesting. Now I can impress my friends with a seasonally appropriate Fact Of The Day. Thanks!

@18: Mimesis!

Posted by Kalakalot | October 31, 2008 3:38 PM

because they make man look like an ant. an ant that can be crushed in any moment. hence they evoke an existential crisis for Charles, as they remind him of his own fragile mortality as man.

and there are no visible boobies to comfort him...distract him, that is.

Posted by Stephanie | October 31, 2008 5:48 PM

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