And those of you who would like to know how it is done tilt-shift perspective manipulation
I went to his exhibition a while ago and thought his fashion design was definitely interesting. But what really caught my imagination was his 2003 video “Place to Passage”, which is a short film depicting a futuristic journey from London to Istanbul in a kind of pod car that hovers over land and sea.
I’ve recently become interested in abandoned dilapidated buildings and on a trip to Budapest found myself thinking about this video, the androgyny of the lead actress and the clinically neutral feel to the video aesthetics really create a wonderfully vivid picture of a cold dystopian perfect yet completely imperfect world.
The slick lines, colours and contrours of technology stand out against the harsh realities of the environment creating a contrast of old and new and it reminded me about how everyday we see this, old abandoned failed industrial monoliths standing, crumbling before our eyes, yet all we see is the shiny new Audi or ford parked near by. We never seem to be able to appreciate the contrast, because all we do is look forward, we miss the lessons learned, the stories hidden and how it relates/is is the precursor to the present because we have this tunnel vision that only lets us see forward.
Anyway, I found this clip:
and his website: Hussein Chalayan