Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Frans Lanting - LIFE
For world-renowned photographer Frans Lanting, the Life project became more than a display of photography
For world-renowned photographer Frans Lanting, the Life project became more than a display of photography. The dramatic multimedia experience that's currently touring wouldn't have been possible to accomplish without digital technology.
The maestra brings the 70-member orchestra to attention. Lights dim to near blackness. An excited hush falls over the capacity audience. Marin Alsop raises her arms, holds a moment, then the baton falls. A rich, commanding surge of music fills the house with strains at once mournful and triumphant. Above the orchestra, on an immense three-segment screen nearly 50 feet wide and 13 feet high, the word Elements appears, then fades. A single impressionistic zoom-blur photograph of petrified wood wheels and zooms in slowly, evoking the universe's Big Bang.
Imagine a single idea that takes hold of you so powerfully that you devote significant parts of your next seven years bringing it to fruition. That was the epiphany that led to triumph for nature photographer Frans Lanting, the driving force behind Life: A Journey Through Time, and his world-class group of collaborators.
Lanting's Life journey began with a single thought on a twilight beach on New Jersey's Delaware Bay. Camera to eye, maneuvering through spiraling sand tracks of scuttling horseshoe crabs, he marveled at how those primitive creatures had evolved little in form or activity over a span of 300 million years.
He asked himself, “Could I put together a sequence of my photographs to tell the story of life on earth from its very beginnings?”