Archive for the ‘nature’ Category

forest / sound

21Mar14

The artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has fashioned a turntable that plays cross sections of tree trunks as if they were records.  The tree slices aren’t played directly, of course, but are instead read by a PlayStation Eye Camera that sends the data to a computer where it is translated into piano notes that correspond to the shapes […]


If you’re fascinated by patterns in nature — and you should be — then the videos of Dennis Hlynsky are for you.  I’m not sure what techniques Hlynsky, who teaches at the Rhode Island Institute of Design, uses to create the tracer effect in his videos, but it’s a truly impressive effect in terms of […]


The Nose Kaido (能勢街道) is an ancient road that runs from the north part of the city of Osaka, through Toyonaka and Ikeda, and finally up into the Nose area in the far north of Osaka Prefecture.  “Nose” is pronounced like “no say” — not like that large thing that protrudes from your face.  The […]


All photographs taken with a Voigtlander Bessa-L running a 15mm Heliar lens and Fuji Superia 400 film.


the blood tree

23Mar13

The cherry trees in the Osaka area are just starting to blossom, but there’s one tree on the Osaka University campus that’s already in full bloom.  In fact, the other day when it was a bit warm the flower petals were already starting to fall from the tree, forming drifting flower flurries in the air.  […]


Two years ago I spent six months living on Swan’s Island, one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.  The house that I stayed in was relatively isolated and so I spent a good deal of time by myself, reading and writing, of course, but also spending time down at the two coves that […]


A month or so ago, just when it was starting to become truly cold in Osaka, I happened to discover a snake lying on the side of a concrete walking path that runs along the Senri River, which is only a ten-minute walk from my house.  Though I’ve been living in Japan for over six […]



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