Singapore’s entry into my collection of landscapes. Shot from the middle of the infinity pool on 57th top floor of the Marina Bay Sands Casino, Singapore, January 2011.]]>
Great interactive video experience. Shot by NorthStudio360, featuring Nimmo Bay and a 150 mile track of the British Columbia mainland. Well, maybe except for the soundtrack…
The 2D version (before being wrapped into a 360view), here.]]>
It’s a ritual that every city that I visit, I chose one to print for my wall. This one is for Kuala Lumpur; shot carelessly whilst on a jungle trek throughout some hills surrounding the outskirts of the city, using my sunglasses as a filter on a blisteringly glare-filled 38 degree day.]]>
Because every man needs a 1:1 scale #11/20 edition black rubber brick to biff at his colleagues.
In homage to Groovy Bob.
Thank you Andrew & Daryl. British Remains.]]>
7D 2000 fps from Oton Bačar on Vimeo.
I came across this plug-in recently - Twixtor. Pretty amazing little tool, it allows you to slow down or speed up your footage by literally synthesizing new frames that calculates motion for each individual pixel. Intelligent tracking?
This video above was shot @ 60fps / 720p on a Canon 7D, and slowed down to a 2000fps effect using Twixtor. I’ll let you be the judge. (Rain is also created in After Effects).]]>
My friend Andrew Bunney just sent me these photos of his Christmas project with shoemaker Mr. Hare.
- Scottish Ox Horn.
- Inlaid silver coins bearing the Bunney & Mr. Hare marque.
- 925 Sterling silver cap.
- Black Spinel or Garnet Gemstone.
- Hand made and finished in the UK.
I’m always impressed by Andrew’s fine attention to detail in all of his projects. Pretty amazing that you can take such a staple, simple item found in any shoe cupboard around the world and create something like this. Truly… exquisite.]]>
I stumbled into this design exhibition located in a temporary space just around the corner from our office; “The NZ Art & Design Week” organised by M.O.A.D. (the “Ministry of Art & Design”). No, it’s not a new cultural department set up by our government; MOAD exists as an independent artists’ collective and a tool to help promote awareness of rising New Zealanders from all creative fields.
Emphasizing and educating people on the value and quality of good design, it held its inaugural “NZ Art & Design Week” exhibition showcasing 30 artists and creatives from a myriad range of fields; ranging from furniture design to photography and just about everything in between. These artists also range in experience, from final year local design students to established commercial designers.
A very impressive show with some great things I would’ve happily taken home, and plenty of items sold. Great to see such talent emerging from our country, and people still placing value and buying good design/art in a climate like this.
Martin Horspool. Recycled scrap materials into robots.
The Boiler Room. Fantastic series of furniture reappropriated from old industrial sites and institutions.
Union Made Furniture.
I think this is Douglas+Bec / Workroom Design. The floor lamp was my favourite item in the show.
Auckland Print Studio.
Dawn McCarthy, ceramic artist.
If you’d like to enquire more about any of these products, the show unfortunately has come to an end, but you can reach out to the people at MOAD here or email email@example.com, and they can put you in touch with the individual designers.]]>
I recently completed a short interview with Hong Kong’s Milk magazine, outlining my five picks/must need items for the upcoming FW10 season. All in my humble opinion, of course; for me, it’s all about the grey area between function and form this upcoming season.
1. Technical Jacket - Something technical but well fitted to the body form, so when you begin to layer, you don’t lose your body shape. The jacket needs to provide functional features, but at the same time be able to be easily mixed in with a more styled outlook, depending how experimental you want to be. The faux-mountaineering look is quickly coming to a close, but I believe the layered synthetic technical jacket has survived this trend and transcended into more progressive looks. Every winter season I always make sure I search for, and spend good money on a good jacket. It’s a bit of an addiction. This crossover of function and form is where brands like Acronym, Arc’ Veilance/LEAF, Patagonia Mars, and White Mountaineering excel.
2. Pants - I just really like the look of technical pants right now, and these Arc’teryx field pants are quickly becoming my favourite pair for the season. At first glance they look like a relatively simple trouser design, but if you look closer, you can see immediately from the way it’s cut that it’s a little different; it has special panels for comfort and movement, and strategically placed pockets & zips for easy access and a unique look. They are constructed from a synthetic fabric so are windproof & rainproof, breathable in hot weather and insulating in cold weather. The considered design aspect of it is very appealing to me.
3. Shirt - You can’t ever have enough well made shirts. A lot of people don’t seem to place much importance in the way a shirt fits and end up with ill fitting shirts, favouring the design more than the actual piece. The cut and the fabric composition is extremely important to the way the shirt fits someone, and I’d like more people to pay attention to this, because not all shirts are the same. A keen eye can tell a good fitting shirt from an ill fitting one from a long way away. It’s a marque. The well tailored classic Oxford is a timeless look, and every man needs one (or a dozen).
4. Undershirt - A nice waffle or maybe fine cotton under shirt or long sleeve. A nice undergarment or long sleeve piece is important especially if you want to experiment with a bit of layering, and along with the style it is also helps regulate your body temperature throughout the volatile temperatures & seasons we’re experiencing across the globe. I personally prefer and use fine merino wool or a waffle cotton under-shirt, but it’s important you find what you feel comfortable with.
5. Knit top - I personally love Cashmere or merino wool knit tops. It’s great for layering, and the feeling of the cashmere is incredible, and so versatile - on warmer days it’s not that hot, but on cold days the natural fibers keep the cold out.
Please do pick up a copy if you can.
Thank you Eric + Stephen @ Milk, TK, and also Brian Chen for the magazine scan.]]>
adidas Auckland Marathon 2010, 31/10/10. After months of preparation and starting off as a full-time couch potato in March, race day for the 2010 marathon arrived with a bolt of reality, especially considering it was only 48 hours after touching back down on NZ soil. After clocking 100km+ in Tokyo over the trip and promptly carbo-loading myself until I was ready to burst, I figured I was as ready as I would ever be for the big run. With over 14,500+ people in attendance and record numbers for competitors and spectators, it was set to be a blockbuster of a day.
Heading to the start line, which involved taking a cross-harbour ferry from the Auckland end as the marathon starts on our North Shore, and loops around before crossing the harbour bridge (the only time during the year it’s closed to cars for runners/pedestrians) and then back into downtown Auckland. We thought we’d be smart and get there at 5:45am, in time for the 7:00am gun start. Guess we didn’t anticipate the other 1,998 people who had the same idea…. absolute chaos.
Ended up catching the last ferry, meaning we missed the gun start @ 7:00am, arriving at just past the hour and not actually starting until around 7:20am. It was pretty eerie on the ferry ride over, with hundreds of people quietly focusing or getting themselves into the right mindframe for the upcoming race. Running, 80% mental game.
Ivy was running with an injured knee/ITB, which blew out a couple of weeks ago during a 15km training run, on top of a few recent hospital visits for other issues. After a couple of weeks with the sports physio, she received the green light to run the half marathon, but had to tape up her knees. Still, she was determined just to complete the half marathon, whether she had to run, or walk/run the distance. When there’s a will…
Suited up and ready to go. Naturally, running in the team colours.
The start area was empty when we arrived, since we missed the gun start @ 7:00am. Not the greatest start to the day, but unavoidable given the delays at the ferry; we figured we could time ourselves using our Nike+ systems anyways. We spent quite a bit of time walking around trying to figure out what was going on, along with the rest of the people on our ferry since most of the starting line staff had left, before passing our equipment bags to the remaining event staff so they could courier it across to the finish line over the harbour.
The first leg of the half marathon was pretty tough; for those who don’t know, Auckland’s nickname is the “City of Volcanoes”, a reference to the city being founded and built on top of a volcanic field of 50 odd volcanoes. I guess you can say we’ve got a pretty hilly terrain. Starting from sea level, it was a pretty fast climb in-land, with some climbs reaching up to 33m of elevation over a 500m or so, with more gradual climbs over 1-2km distances. Running with over 14,500+ people in attendance was also pretty difficult; you tend to get held up a lot by traffic, especially if there’s only a single lane closure on the road. Since we started late, we had to run through all the marathon ‘walkers’, which was a little difficult. It’s quite easy to lose your pace and run to the crowd’s pace, so be sure to check your Nike+ unit or watch periodically to figure out your pace.
After the course undulates through climbs and rather steep downhills on the North Shore, it descends sharply back to sea level, in preparation for the harbour crossing over the bridge.
@ ~ 15km, going over the harbour bridge.
@ ~ 19km, rounding the Tank Farm.
@ ~ 21km, sprinting to the finish at Fanshawe Street.
Ivy’s Halloween “costume”; fake blood that she splashed all over her face as she was crossing the harbour bridge. She ended up having the St Johns ambulance team following her in a golf cart to make sure she wasn’t just delirious and trying to finish the half marathon, along with being stopped by dozens of concerned onlookers. Success?
Post-run, looking rather contemplative, but actually trying to look for a hole to crawl into and sleep for a couple of days. It’s a pretty surreal feeling crossing the finish line, with your legs feeling like they need to be in continuous motion for a few minutes after, not to mention the hundreds of people yelling at you during the final stretch. I can see how this becomes addictive… I crossed the line as the elite class of marathon runners were wrapping up their < 3:00 hour 42.195km full marathon runs. Cripes…
Final run data (Nike+): 31/10/10
21km / 117min (1:57) / 5′55″ pkm / 1934cal.
Ivy: 21km / 153min (2:33)
Very pleased with the result, as I was aiming to complete the half marathon around the 2:00 hour mark, but was glad nonetheless to have finished the half marathon without having to stop. I know it’s not a super fast time, but it still felt like a huge accomplishment, especially looking back to March where you would have had to put a gun to my head to make me walk more than 2-3 blocks. It feels pretty good to set a goal and nail it.
Now aiming for either a < 110min half marathon, or ~ 4:00 hour full marathon next?
Thank you AJ & Sarah, adidas Pacific for everything. Truly appreciated guys.
Here are some tips, just from my experience for half/full marathon first-timers. Nothing overtly technical, just some observations from one former couch potato to another.
1. Go to the toilet before the race, even if you don’t feel like it. Believe me, feeling like you want to drop a deuce when you’re 15km in isn’t the greatest feeling in the world.
2. It’s very easy to lose track of your pace with so many people around. Check your nike+ or other running device constantly to make sure you’re at the pace you want to be.
3. Although it sounds stupid, make sure you train running & drinking/eating at the same time. It may not be a problem @ 8km, but at 18km when your body is in full auto-pilot mode and you need a drink to cool your core temperature down, it’s pretty hard work figuring out how not to choke on your drink/power gel (as I did).
4. Make sure your laces are done up correctly. This makes a stupendous amount of difference. I didn’t check my right foot, and with the timing tag on it, the shoe started to loosen over the km’s. By the end I had a pretty busted ankle/torn ligaments.
5. If possible, go do a running analysis to make sure the shoe is right for you. It makes a shit-ton of difference when you’re pushing longer km’s. I wish I did.
Super tough training run with the team today.
(20″ LSD + 2km 80% sprint) x 3. Pretty hot out there today, and my right calf muscle cramped up 1km into the first sprint, and I had to walk/run the rest of the way. Jun & Go were going strong, Yas is still recovering from a pretty bad cold but still faring better than I was. I’m officially toast, and my right calf feels like a rock has lodged itself in there. With all the km’s I had been clocking up in Tokyo I suppose it had to happen sooner or later.
Final run data - 10.1km / 55′11″ / 5′28″ pkm / 838cal
Now enroute to Narita, HK bound. See you in a week Tokyo.]]>