‘Porcelain Figurines’ by Martin Klimas

Using a sound activated shutter release (a technique most associated with the work of Harold Edgerton) Martin Klimas has created this stunning series which suspends time and objects.

What I find most intriguing about this series is how through destruction the porcelain figures appear to come alive and are full of movement. Although we know they are being dropped and smashed the figures look like they are almost rising up and breaking out of their confines.

There is a great skill in these images too, Klimas has created images that could never be reproduced, each figure breaks in a unique way and within microseconds of these images being made the objects exist only as a pile of porcelain on the floor. There is something quite beautiful in the idea of life through destruction.

Saying all of this, I think these images would be even better as real sculptures, the beauty and intricacy would be breathtaking.

Check out the full series here.

‘Train Man’ 2005

Train Man is a film which is supposedly based on a True Story of an Iconic Otaku.The title in Japanese is “Densha Otoku” (Otoku meaning warrior or strong man of the past, playing on the work otaku).

I have always wondered wether it’s even possible to be a true otaku in Britain, people can be obsessed with anime and manga, but this film has shown me that Otaku have limited social skills and thats mainly due to the mass population in Tokyo and the pressures of society to be better than everyone else. But you never know some people might be similar in the UK, it’s my mission to find them.

Possibly my favourite part of the film is when the lead character stands on one platform, alone. On the other platform separated by train tracks stand his online community, the people who have been using forums to communicate with him. A visualisation for his interaction with these people, each platform being the seats they sit in and the dividing train track being the computer screen, separating them yet keeping them together.