There were great loaves of brown bread, mounds of turnips and sweetcorn and pease, immense hams and roast geese and trenchers dripping full of venison stewed with beer and barley.
We live in a world in which some of the people we are closest to are often not near us at all.
When we document our day-to-day existence in photographs and Instagrams, these people are absent. Their presence in our lives is absent in our digital memories.
Photographer John Clang’s series Being Together seeks to correct this. Using Skype and projectors, he captures families visually as they are virtually.
“In these images,” Clang told me over email, “I am marking the time for these families, enabling them to remember these strange moments of togetherness with the technology presently available. The picture doesn’t stop here, it lingers on in their memory. It embraces the intimacy and closeness of a family, no matter how far apart they are.”
Read more. [Images: John Clang]
Look at this thing. Is this the weirdest pedestrian bridge you’ve ever seen?
All signs point to “yes.” Created by an obscure group called Massiv for AC-CA’s “Iconic Pedestrian Bridge” challenge, the bridge looks like pedestrians would need a map to cross it. And perhaps a fishing pole and gutting knife to forage for food in case they get lost.
What motivated the design team to spawn this architectural version of amorous tapeworms?Gezelligheid. That’s the impossible-to-translate Dutch term for “convivial, cozy, fun, quaint or nice atmosphere” or maybe “belonging, time spent with loved ones, the fact of seeing a friend after a long absence or general togetherness.” Gezelligheid is what Dutch culture is all about, so the designers tried to build a bridge that illustrates the happy concept.
Read more at The Atlantic Cities. [Images: Massiv]