From The Lenz is a group of artists based in San Francisco, founded by Sean Lenz, Kristoffer Abildgaard and other artists with the common goal of creating things that move, feel and inspire the soul. In their latest projet Neon Luminance, the duo dropped high-powered Cyalume glow sticks into Northern California waterfalls and used long exposures to capture the submerged trails. To accomplish some of the more complicated shots they strung several sticks together at once to create different patterns of illumination. Please visit their website or Tumblr for upcoming works.
“Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.”
I’ve always appreciated his recurrent literary theme of drawing attention to how forces far beyond the scale of each short and small human life determine who we are and where we end up (highly notable in the phenomenal readMidnight’s Children).
The credit given to being an in-control, self-directed, “self-made” individual idealised by Capitalist thinkers like Ayn Rand is a vastly inaccurate conception of how our lives unfold – perhaps even destructive in it’s tendency to blind us to the privileges and conditions we are born into.
"But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives."
Similar catchphrases, in which casual comments are promoted into a sort of immortality, doubtless exist in nearly every family, every close friendship. I find this notion deeply heartening—that people are everywhere being quoted for lines they themselves have long forgotten. And of course each of us is left to wonder whether, right at this moment, we’re being quoted in some remote and unreckonable context.
I have been waiting for this movie since the very first rumors of its filming.
F. Scott, you were one of the first to teach me the beauty of precise fiction. I hope Carey, Leo, and Tobey make your Great American Novel proud on the big screen… if it changes up the original flavor, as I suspect it will, I’ll settle for a film that captures the essence of NYC in the roaring twenties and a man who is captivated by an ideal carried from his past - a woman who neither has nor deserves the kind of idealized perfection he has bestowed upon her.
“There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”