Throwback Thursday – Omar Puente

Hi all! Long time no see, I haven’t been here for a while as I haven’t been making many new video type things in my spare time. However I have been doing a lot of photography and painting which you can see over at my main blog here http://www.phloem.co.uk

I stopped shooting stock footage for a while as I discovered that my camcorder the Canon HV40 had no image stabilisation whatsoever, even though the older model the HV20 did, this led to very shaky shots that I would spend hrs stabilising on my computer and which gave variable results. Tut tut Canon..

So I am planning on getting a new camcorder and possibly re-shooting some clips…
But in the meanwhile…

In 2010 I was commissioned by British jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine CBE to create an artist video for his band member, violinist Omar Puente.. here it is..

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Hello :)

Hello, wow it’s been a long long time since I’ve posted anything here..
I have not been actively shooting footage or Vjing for some time, mainly because my job feeds that need in me at the moment 😉
Here is a reel I created for an archive footage company.
It was screened at the Sheffield Docfest in 2013.

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Abstract plants stock footage clips

Here is a showreel showcasing some of my abstract plants footage clips

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Macro tilt shift nature clips

A few years ago I decided to shoot some nature clips in ‘Tilt Shift’ I had fun locating lots of interesting and pretty plants and flowers to add to my stock footage collection. I hope you enjoy the video below which showcases a few of the clips

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Halloween Clips

I’ve created a showreel of Halloween clips from my collection on pond5.com here

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Retro TV Show Cars

I had the pleasure of visiting a car event in London and managed to shoot some footage of retro TV show cars including Kitt from Knight Rider

Pontiac Kitt from Knight rider

Pontiac Kitt from Knight Rider

a Dodge Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard

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Dodge Charger Dukes of Hazzard


and this Scooby Doo hippy campervan

Scooby Doo Hippy Van

Scooby Doo Hippy Van


The clips are all available from pond5

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Hortus Live Cinema and Installation

Hortus explores the relationship between natural and urban environments, it takes the viewer on a journey of discovery through the presence, form and processes of vegetal nature found throughout cities but often overlooked and ignored.

Urban Nature

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Part 1 – ‘Urban nature’ features a tree as a metaphysical central character binding the human psyche with the non human and was inspired by Malcolm Le Grice’s Berlin Horse.

Filmed at various London man made linear green spaces that finger their way through concrete and brick, including the Green Chain Walk in South East London, The disused railway line Parkland Walk in North London and the Lea Valley towpath walk in East London.

Abstract nature

Part 2 – ‘Abstract nature’ was inspired by the representation of nature in abstract form in the work of Karl Blossfeldt and Paul Prudence.

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Featuring plants found in and around London it invites the viewer to look deeper into the geometric forms and structures of nature.
An attempt is made to induce a hypnotic mental state through forced motion within the imagery and optical fixation.

Unseen light

Part 3 – ‘Unseen light’ was inspired by the plant processes and light harvesting structures involved in photosynthesis, I wanted to convey something of the unseen quality of this phenomenon, which starts with light in the visible spectrum hitting chloroplast reaction centres and starting a chain of protein folding reactions.

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Light in the infrared spectrum is reflected and it was this light (invisible to the naked eye) which was captured to make the video, using specialist camera filters.

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