Jeff Frost combines timelapse with news and optical illusions to make fantastic art!

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I love showing off art being created with HDSLRs! You've seen me post a lot of different kinds of art (yes, mostly short movies) but this one is fairly unique and Jeff Frost has given us a look inside his fantastic pieces. He's also looking for some support on his kickstarter project.

Hello planet5D! My name is Jeff Frost, and I make very unconventional time lapse films. To do this I scour the deserts of the western US looking for abandoned structures. When I find one that I like I set up camp there and paint large scale optical illusions on the inside walls. Then I make films out of the thousands of photos and the occasional DSLR video clip. My previous film, Flawed Symmetry of Prediction was featured on The Atlanticio9Discover.

The concept for my new film really started coming together last summer when riots broke out in my neighborhood. I climbed onto my landlord’s roof and started time lapsing the unfolding events. If the police did something else I wanted evidence. The riots began because Anaheim PD shot an unarmed man in the middle of the day. When the smoke cleared I sent the footage to several news agencies, but no one knew what to do with it so I decided to create art out of news. But the project has become much bigger than I ever could have predicted, topping 150,000 images over the course of the last year. In order to keep the momentum going I released the first half of the project, Modern Ruin: Black Hole piggybacked with a Kickstarter to raise funds for the rest. Both the film and Kickstarter have already received staff picks on their respective sites.

Everything on Modern Ruin was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 60D, 16-35mm ii, Sigma 10-22mm and Canon speedlites. Recently however, I've begun shooting with a Nikon D800, D5200, 14-24mm, 105mm Macro & 50mm lenses. I shot a project commissioned by Vimeo for Lincoln Motors recently on the Nikons called War Paint for Trees which (in my mind at least) makes for an interesting contrast.

I thought it might make for an interesting post on your excellent blog or video site. But even if it's not, please keep up the great work; you're a blessing to working photographers like me!!

– Jeff Frost

Modern Ruin

From Jeff Frost:

The first half of this film, Modern Ruin: Black Hole is being released in conjunction with this Kickstarter campaign. To date, nearly 150,000 photographs have been shot for this film with far more required to bring it to completion. Your support will accelerate and elevate the second half of this project. Your support will also grant you access to the creation and destruction process of the film itself. As a supporter you can expect frequent and exclusive dispatches from the field, and not just about the successes.

Donations will be used for the typical expenses involved in the making of a film such as equipment, travel and personnel costs. This film has no direct financial support, except for us. It is art for the sake of art, which is why your support is so sincerely appreciated. Thank you for your time, and I can’t wait to show you the second half of Modern Ruin!



Here are some print choices

Black Hole

Black Hole

Red Hole

Red Hole

Worlds Within Worlds

Worlds Within Worlds

City Hall

City Hall

To learn more about this Kickstarter campaign, visit Modern Ruin

(cover photo credit: snap from the site)

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