The Garden’s Jewel, the studio of artist on the tree

Loris Cecchini has installed in the French countryside a spectacular shell of organic form clinging to a large horse chestnut

What happens when a named Colette Tournier collector meets the artist Loris Cecchini – known for its spectacular objects replicated in real scale and reproduced in gray urethane rubber, withdrawn into themselves and distorted – and commissioned a work environment to be placed in the garden of his villa in the French countryside near Grenoble?
He founded The Garden’s Jewel, “a shell of organic form, sort of space / cell, made of polyester resin and windows”, clinging to a large horse chestnut. The environment, reminiscent of a studio model Tokyo, accommodates up to four people, and we can sleep two people comfortably. Almost all the weight of the structure, which will remain permanent, is downloaded to the ground thanks to the scale that, in addition to allow access thereto, has a supporting pillar function. The tree has not been damaged in any way, either by screws or from any drill member. To embellish the exterior of the structure and part of the trunk of the tree have been used about 2500 steel elements characterized, there explains the artist, by a form of “biological memory, because the individual modules are born from the observation of the forms shown in nature, but also by diagrams and illustrations related to science. ”

Loris Cecchini has collected a series of exhibitions abroad and in Italy, where he exhibited his work, among others, nell’Armani Store in Milan and in the Palazzo Fendi in Rome. He recently collaborated with the Chaumet brand to create a limited edition watch Class One diver. After living several years in Berlin he is about to return to Milan in a large loft / workshop south of the city. Info: www.loriscecchini.com

Microsoft Pix, the app that makes better pictures thanks to artificial intelligence

The app enhances your smartphone camera and snaps dramatically better pictures. For now only for iPhone

This year, the AI will invade our lives and conquer all our devices: there we will find it in the headphones when you’re going to run, will be at home in Mac or PC in the office. But above all it will take possession of the smartphone (see iOS 10) revolutionizing some of our daily habits, such as taking a picture or a selfie. At least that’s the intent of Microsoft Pix, an app that takes artificial intelligence and puts it at the service of the camera phones to improve, much, the potential – for the moment the iPhone since the application is only available for iOS. Microsoft had been working on a similar solution in the past, but the evolution will notice right away. Pix resolution does not add to the images, but uses the work of complex algorithms to show you the perfect image through the combination of elements and of 10 sequential shots pixels, passed under the computer processing.

It’s like if you take the best elements of each photo and put them together to get the best photos. A bit ‘the same mechanism on which the HDR (High Dynamic Range) and landed on mobile phones to improve the exposure of light in photographs in which there are both bright areas that share the shade.

Microsoft Pix

When you press the button, the app processes 7 images taken before the click and 3 immediately after – according to Microsoft, when you take a picture, always lose the right moment because you have to find your phone, open the camera and press the button, so Pix tries to anticipate the times to avoid burning the subject of the photo – then choose which picture you think best and, depending on your decision, the app will improve that picture in terms of contrast, tone, white balance and shade, also trying to correct some common mistakes, such as eyes closed. The result is that with Pix made images are cleaner, brighter and with higher contrast, especially when it comes to shooting in low light conditions. Also outlined are more and manage to better outline the portrait subject: ie, it improves the sharpness of the image, bringing out the colors but without losing information and keeping the overall contrast.
The other interesting feature is that Pix can reproduce similar effects in Live Photos, also on the previous iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. By leveraging artificial intelligence, the app Redmond manages to create cinematic effects starting from movement, realizing small Gif 4 seconds to be shared on social. Trying to compare a photo taken with the iPhone camera 6 and taken with Pix, the effect is remarkable: We must say that it works better in low light than when it makes photos in optimal conditions – that case there is practically no difference – and remains the mental effort to remember to open Pix instead of the classic camera.

Eddie Redmayne and others: all the protagonists of advertising campaigns autumn-winter

From Prada to Gucci here is a selection of images of the upcoming advertising campaign for autumn-winter fashion taken by internationally renowned photographers and ready to tell the autumn-winter fashion trends

Create the “dream.” And send all the values of the brand, also lesser known ones, as well as presenting the cult pieces from the new collection. All immortalized in a few seconds from the hand of an experienced photographer, in a single shot. This is the purpose of an advertising campaign. Tell “the beautiful with a snapshot.” And that’s what made the shots collected in the gallery up here: a selection of photographs from the adv campaign for autumn-winter 2016/17 of the most famous fashion houses in the world.
Among these is that of Prada signed by photographer Craig McDean with Eddie Redmayne (see GQ piece July / August 2016 n. 201) as the protagonist, and the Gucci taken by Glen Luchford in the chaotic city of Tokyo. The advertising campaign of Moncler “A surrealist fantasy”, however, has been immortalized by Annie Leibovitz, whereas the Ermanno Scervino is signed Peter Lindbergh. Plan de Corones is the location chosen for the evocative shots of Fay for the new campaign A / W 2016-2017 chooses feature two sons of art: Morgane Polanski (daughter of Roman Polanski and Emmanuelle Seigner) and Gabriel Kane Day Lewis ( son of Daniel Day-Lewis and Isabelle Adjani).

Hailey Baldwin and Lucky Blue Smith are the pair of models and influencers selected as faces to represent the American brand Tommy Hilfiger.

Impossible I-1 will remind you what were fine Polaroids

Proof of analog camera more desired year. Top 10 reasons to buy (or not) the Polaroid 2000

Impossible Project for years makes films for Polaroid, the Polaroid that it had stopped. But since the Pola, in the sense of the cameras, grow old and potentially go into extinction, the company has well-thought to produce its first instant camera that snaps compatible with Polaroid film, the Impossible i-1. A hybrid between the old and the new century of photography, this analog camera, but with Bluetooth and micro USB charging it via (the old Polaroid had the battery in the film). I tried to get us some pictures and I can tell you a bit ‘of things:

1. It’s beautiful. Superior design and materials you would like to have it in your hand all day. With the girls it works better than a cocker puppy;
2. It is difficult to carry. No bends and gives the constant feeling of being super delicate;
3. Among the most difficult things is the viewfinder, which folds back on itself and is removable, attached to the camera only by a magnet, in practice, you’ve already lost;
4. Then there will be other viewfinders available? Hopefully, because this takes a degree to use it and it’s not really a masterpiece in precision;
5. There is a ring flash, super for portraits;
6. If you do not do portraits of the flash is a bit ‘weakling;
7. The camera, surprise! It connects the phone through a dedicated app (the exit, only to iOS). With the app you can have manual control of timing and diagram, making double exposures, selfies distance and other options;
8. But: the viewfinder is quite analog, so you can not control the shot from the phone;
9. If you use the options in the app, you have to start from the app. Camera in one hand, phone in the other. You’ll look like a fool, always you are coordinated enough to succeed;
10. Nothing management focus!
And the pictures? Impossible on the site you will find a bit ‘of examples. GQ soon we will publish a photo shoot made with the I-1 by Davide Ambroggio for Girls section. The photos I took during the test are beautiful. But also a bit ‘bluish and evanescent. Not as full and saturated with Pola of when I was little, or the least detailed and precise as those that do for some years to friends with my Polaroid Spectra. Those of I-1 are vague pictures, Nordic, evocative. Surely also depend on the type of film, but as long as campa prefer to keep shooting with Spectra. Which, among other things, it has manual controls directly in the machine, without the slam of ganged via Bluetooth. This I-1 seems in effect meant for survivors of lomography. It is a beautiful object and the result is almost always surprise you. A sort of snapshot of the Holga, in super deluxe version and with its dedicated app, because today unless you have the app you do not buy anyone.

Sledgehammer, Rihanna makes the alien for Star Trek Beyond.

The video with the singer in a role of a priestess (or witch?) Of a distant galaxy

The real news is not so much the video clip, but rather the fact that Rihanna, for once, is not naked. Indeed, not so covered is perhaps unprecedented. The singer has accustomed the public to always put more extreme, until the nakedness thinly veiled, and instead, has made a choice definitely “Anti” (as the title of his latest album) for the Sledgehammer clips, song in the soundtrack and theme music of the last Star Trek Beyond trailer.

The effect, as alienating, does not diminish the singer’s sensuality, which in dance videos sinuously in a lunar landscape, with his face up to look-like alien.

The video, in fact, is particularly striking, with his voice, unusually intense, as if this time were precisely the vocal talents, rather than physical, the ones that RiRi wants to emphasize.

Written and produced by written by Jesse Shatkin and Robyn Rihanna Fenty, the Sledgehammer video clips shot by the Italo-Canadian Floria Sigismondi is the first to have been entirely with IMAX cameras.