Lucidity is out and beautiful

Lucidity has been announced by Lucasarts and the ign preview is here. There is one essential quality to beauty and it is the fact that it doesn’t need champions. People always aspire to beauty because it is a window to a pure world – it lifts them up and makes them aspire to things bigger and better than themselves.

Lucidity - a beautiful piece by Lucasarts has been announced
Lucidity - a game developed internally by Lucasarts has been announced ... and it's beautiful. Screenshot borrowed from IGN.
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The Flying Tree inspired by Piranesi

The second in a series of drawings inspired by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. I drew the first sketch a few years ago while on a stint modeling 3d Baghdad for the US army – in between IED detonation simulations I was thinking about the Flying Tree from Stephen Baxter’s book Raft… and started imaging it in my notebook.  My visual language is drawing on my work as a 3d artist but the look is a few centuries old, an etching technique developed in the fifteenth century and mastered by Piranesi in his capricious fantasies. I really enjoy seeing how the imperfections of the drawing are shaping up in total juxtaposition to the flawless figures I imagine in my head, the dreams of a 21 century polygonal brain.

One of a series of drawings inspired by Giovanni Battista Piranesi
"The Flying Tree" - One of a series of drawings inspired by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. 15 x 20 inches, ink on paper.
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Waiting for the astronomical twilight on my hands and knees under the dome of the Palace of Fine Arts

I returned to the palace of Fine Arts to reshoot photographs I took a month earlier – back then I had wondered into the space by chance and didn’t carry a tripod… which resulted in grain and noise. I looked up the time stamps on the files and then googled for the sunset time for that day. Turned out besides sunset there are all these interesting terms associated with sunset data like Civil Twilight, Nautical Twilight and Astronomical twilight. According to the charts I had taken the picture (below) 20 minutes after sunset and 10 before civil twilight when wild things come out, obviously, beasts are partial to beautiful light.

Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco near Astronomical Twilight
The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco near Astronomical Twilight

Today sunset was around 7:30 pm so I waited 2o minutes for the twilight to set in and some amazing things happened during that time – a guy stood under the belly of the dome and sung with the most beautiful voice a song called “Salve Regina” … after that I lied to a couple of Tourists that the Palace was a part of a pre-earthquake bathhouse, absolutely not on purpose and out of sheer ignorance.

So Here it is San Francisco palace of Fine Arts – round Two:

Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at Astronomical Twilight ( almost 2 hours after sunset )
Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at Astronomical Twilight ( almost 2 hours after sunset )
Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at Twilight
Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at the onset of Twilight
Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at the onset of Twilight and at Twilight
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Avedon vs Frank vs Adams

I hit the jackpot st SFMoma and was able to see the three back to back, floor to floor. I totally fell for Robert Frank and the fact that The huge pieces, maybe 4×6 feet, by Avedon had less in them than the tiny by comparison Frank photographs. Yes, frank and honest and authentic, grainy, rainy, oppressive and grim – Robert Frank’s pieces were a crime back in the sugary 50s and still zap you today.

“Quality doesn’t mean deep blacks and whatever tonal range. That’s not quality, that’s a kind of quality. The pictures of Robert Frank might strike someone as being sloppy – the tone range isn’t right and things like that – but they’re far superior to the pictures of Ansel Adams with regard to quality, because the quality of Ansel Adams, if I may say so, is essentially the quality of a postcard. But the quality of Robert Frank is a quality that has something to do with what he’s doing, what his mind is. It’s not balancing out the sky to the sand and so forth. It’s got to do with intention.” (Elliott Erwitt)

photograph of a Cafe in Beaufort, South Carolina
from Robert Frank's book The Americans - photograph of a Cafe in Beaufort, South Carolin. Image stolen from Google.

The think in pictures blog mentions that Jack Kerouac wrote in the introduction of The Americans that “after seeing these pictures you end up finally not knowing any more whether a jukebox is sadder than a coffin.”

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