Perhaps the best R.E.M. documentary to date, R.E.M. by MTV, is now showing on MTV and its sister networks VH1 and Palladia. Rhino Entertainments’ photo researcher, Lee Rosen, contacted me about including a couple of my photos of R.E.M. from 1981 into their project. I was happy to do so, and happy to see the results broadcast. In the documentary, the photo above is cropped to only show Peter Buck and Michael Stipe. My entire output from that shoot may be seen on my website at http://www.mediaspin.com/rem/rem_main.html
In October of 1977 I was on a road trip across the American southwest and made a stop in Taos, New Mexico to look around the pueblos and the area made famous by an art colony early in the 20th century. I did not like the way many tourists were casually snapping photos without respect for the inhabitants, the Taos Pueblo Indians. When I felt the right time had come to take a few photos, I asked these two friends if I could take their picture. They said, OK, if I would give them a ride into town, which I agreed to. I think the photo is the best achievement, and my oil painting from it I do enjoy looking at in my own collection of paintings. I spent a little more time with these two fellows, since their trip to town involved visiting a liquor store. Then they wanted to go out to a big field to drink and look at a herd of buffalo belonging to the Taos Indians. After that, we returned to the Taos village and entered the area for residents only. One of them invited me to sleep over at his home, but I was afraid and decided to leave. Anyway, the Yankees were in the World Series at that time and I wanted to go listen to that on my car radio. I kind of doubt that I missed out on a spiritual experience with a drunk Indian, but you never know.
There is a longer, more detailed account of this in my diary of that time, but this is an online blog, so that’s all you get.
In 2012 I was contacted by filmmaker Jason Cohen’s Associate Producer Zand Gee about using a few of my photographs of punk rockers for their film project. I didn’t ask and didn’t receive details about the nature or story behind the film in progress. We worked out the details of the photo usage and I delivered high quality, high res copies of the photos for the film. Another obscure, wacky film project… end of story. Or so I assumed.
Wow! What happened? These guys must know what they’re doing! Had I been more of a film festival follower, I would have caught FACING FEAR at the Mill Valley Film Festival last October. I haven’t seen the short film yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing how Jason Cohen edited my images into his film. The photo at left is of Lee Ving, front man singer for the 80’s punk band Fear, and is one of the shots included in FACING FEAR.
The other photo in the movie is one of my best, a chance moment in time, of punks slam dancing also in the early 80’s. I’m grateful to have participated in a small way on this project. Zand and the FACING FEAR people were great to work with. It’s rewarding to know that many professional members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have viewed FACING FEAR and nominated it for this category. Congratulations to Jason Cohen and the Production Team. It’s truly a wonderful accomplishment.
I’ve been wanting to build a new website that is a fresh start, clear of legacy clutter. HankGrebe.com focuses on my fine art endeavors, displayed in large slideshows without distracting advertisements, clean of distracting web noise.
Online now are three slideshows and all are series of works that are solid, cohesive statements. Two groups are serigraphs done during a time of intense silkscreen printing activity in an excellent facility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Terak Series and The Bits and Dots Series. These images were influenced by my first explorations into learning computer graphics and programming. They are cool, sedate, sort of my idea of modern “office art.” Now more than ever, I feel these would look fantastic in office walls and hallways.
The third group is more like my paintings and illustrations, containing more message, emotion, humor and shock. The Personal Connections Collage Series was done in a burst of creativity in the early 90’s. Many of the collages contain clippings from personal ads, which may be a thing of the past, replaced by online dating websites.
I am interested in speaking with a gallery who would like to help present this work properly to the public.
The UI for my 1982 photos of U2 at Headliners in Madison, Wisconsin has needed an overhaul for awhile, so that’s been taken care of. Also there were a number of reasonably decent looking shots that had not been published on Media Spin that seemed worthy of sharing at this point in time.
Produced by industry leader Leica Geosystems, three (3) new educational videos provide an easy-to-understand introduction to the basics of 3D laser scanning. Topics include how the technology works, applications & benefits, field and office aspects, and what options users have for taking advantage of this increasingly popular technology.
As the use of 3D laser scanning (also known as High-Definition Surveying™ or HDS™) for fast as-built surveys, detailed scene mapping and related applications spreads, an increasing number of professionals are investigating it. This new series of short, professionally produced videos provides this introductory education via the convenience of YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0td7rOVk_IWwYh5GDTKjP–nTu3n0WzK&feature=plcp).
Divided into three separate chapters, each chapter helps educate people who are researching the technology for the first time, plus those who may have some familiarity with it and want to clarify their understanding.
Chapter 1 – “The Basics” provides an overview of the technology and includes film footage of its use in the field for rich data capture and in the office for processing laser scan data (or “point clouds”) into deliverables such as drawings, models, etc. It also describes common applications, benefits, types of deliverables, and options that users have for taking advantage of the technology.
Chapter 2 – “How It All Works” describes how laser scanners work (including informative animations), what scanner features are important to consider, the topic of “registration” or stitching multiple scans together, and what kind of support is available for implementing the technology.
Chapter 3 – “Simple Projects and Complex Projects” helps newcomers understand how to apply the technology for simple surveys and deliverables and what laser scanner and software features help users take advantage of the technology for more complex sites and advanced deliverables. Several visual examples are included.
Vendors in the laser scanning industry participate in various ways and each video also educates viewers, with increasing depth, about how Leica Geosystems fits into the overall picture. Each video is under nine (9) minutes in viewing length.
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The planning and writing of these videos started in January of 2012 with a small team of us at Leica Geosystems. Part of the task in preparing for the video edit was to gather existing laser scanning videos from many customer’s presentations. Also, the computer animation examples we found, although scientifically accurate, were out-dated and in need of redesign and expansion for our script. So, I had the fun of converting a CAD database of the Leica Geosystems C-10 scanner and bringing into Maya. After that I was able to load in complex models generated from laser scanned point clouds, to create animations simulating a real world scanning situation (see in Part 2 video).
Last night the local NBC affiliate broadcast a news package about police using Leica scanners and software to capture data at crime scenes. Link to NBC Bay Area News.