The Municipality of Chersonissos comprises of the coastal area and the inland mountainous province. The main income source for people in the coastal area is the tourism industry. Tourism infrastructure includes high-quality hotels and accommodation businesses; blue flag awarded beaches and water parks, golf course, emergency medical centres and well-equipped congress facilities.
The Municipality of Chersonissos was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 4 former municipalities, that became municipal units: Episkopi, Gouves, Chersonissos and Malia
Tourist attractions include intact landscape, picturesque villages, agricultural museums, animal farms, cultural tours, ancestral pathways and a number of historical monuments and sites. Main archaeological sites include the Minoan Palaces of Malia and Amnissos (the summer Palace of King Minos) the Archaeological sites of Niros, Karfi (Minoan refuge) as well as ambiguous antiquities from the Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine era. Visitors are able to enjoy extreme leisure activities such as paragliding, water sports, bungee jumping, golf and mountain bike.
Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. The school also offers artists' residencies, community collaboration programs, and a gallery and information center.
Born April 20,1948 in Kagoshima, Japan.
Learned photography while serving for four years with Japanese Army.
After separation from Army worked eight years for a Japanese newspaper.
Arrived in 1983 to work as a free lance photographer in the United States.
Commissioned mainly to take sports photographs under contract with Japanese Sports Newspaper.
In 1997 began photographing U.S. national parks and wildlife. Have visited all 58 national parks and more than 20 national monuments and wild life sanctuaries.
My name is William Ricci. I am currently a freshman at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I've been studying panoramic photography for nearly a year. I want to travel to secluded areas and record beauty that most people will never see. I'm working to mimic reality as much as possible.
I've recently made a new website dedicated to advertising my real estate photography. I create 360-degree immersive "virtual" tours that put viewers inside the photo. Check out my website and feel free to tell people about it!
I also have a flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jazzmessenger/
and a deviantart page: http://jazzmessenger.deviantart.com/gallery/
Making 360° Panoramas is a hobby, it is a field of photography that I find quite interesting and diverse. From the taking of the images, through to processing and finally displaying the views online, I can get a little absorbed on the project at hand, it is also a good diversion from the day job ;)
Thank you for looking!
I am currently on a quest to visit rural Japan where there are little/no 360 photos available. So my photos revolve mostly around nature and waterbodies, and tend to avoid places with people. Please take your time to enjoy the photos that I have shared, and check back often to see more~
email@example.com A little about me and pano's? Well, I started creating pano's as a side job, mainly for a home builder. Providing fully interactive virtual tours. At about the same time, my "real job" as a Land Surveyor, wanted me to create them as well. Now, any opportunity to create them I do. Whether at work or play, its all fun.
Natural Mirassol D'Oeste, Mato Grosso. Formed by the Forest Engineering Forest Engineering course at the University of Mato Grosso in the class of 2005, campus of Alta Floresta, MT.
I knew the 360 º panoramic photography in 2009. It really is a new reality! photography in another dimension! dynamic! interactive!
I hope to be able to record a little more of the beauty of where you go.
I'm interested in panoramas since I started taking pictures digitally. The "real" start came when I read the book "The Wild Side of Photography" by Cyril Harnischmacher. In one chapter was a description of making little planets. That was in spring 2010. Since then I have taken about 90 panos. In the meantime I use a Nodal Ninja 5 and a Sigma 10-20 to take the panos.
For around 3 years I am working on panoramic photography.
starting as a 2D painter for racegames and desperate looking for good textures of skies.
I bought my first little nikon camera with fisheye and then began the addiction...
Now working with a canon 50D and 8mm sigma fisheye.
with the nodal ninja mkII and rd8 rotator also using the easy leveler, ptgui,flashpanoramas,pano2vr,pureplayer, and java
Based in the Netherlands close to the city of Hoorn.
about me: +91 9656225749
With the experience of assisting ANILKUMAR K. south india's best advertising photographer now doing fashion, advt & industrial photoshoots.... with specialized TILT & SHIFT lenses for archetectural and product shoots...
Some of the works done:
Abad hotels, Style Plus TVRM, Rayan Kollam, Land Link Builders Plkd, Lemignon Fashion, Elite Food Products, Lukmance fashion portfolios since 2010 jan, coir board, ramada resort, coconut lagoon kumarakam, chiriyankandath jwells, avathar gold international, ebenezer, ajay & co, ITL tours and travels, kodher house, halel co-operation and mach more...
SOME advt. CAMPAINS ASSISTED:
BHIMA, JOSCO, FRANCIS ALLUKKAS, ALAPPATTU HERITAGE, ALAPPATTU GOLD...EMMANUEL SILKS, PULIMOOTTIL SILKS, SEEMAS WEDDING GALLERY,ALLIED FASHION, BITS INDIAANA, KHANS WEDDING CENTER, KALYAN KENDRA....RADIO MANGO....EASTERN - AVT- ANNS, GROVES,...KERALA TOURISM.... PANCHAKARMA BOOK ON AYURVEDA....SKY ROCCA GRT YERKADU, SUNWAY PONDI, THE PAUL BNG, TRAVANCORE HERITAGR CHOVVARA, YESTUARY ISLAND POOVAR, SAMUDRA KOVALAM , MUSCUT TVRM, KUMARAKAM LAKE RESORT, BOLGATTY COCHIN, LAKE PALACE THEKKADY, AARANYA NIVAAS THEKKADYM, PERIYAAR HOUSE, TEA COUNDY MOONAAR............AND MANY MORE..................
My name is Thanin Wong-asa. I am Thai and live in Udon Thani, a city in north-east of Thailand. I use Kon Isan as my nickname in photography area. I am not a professional photographer but I am interested in capture beautiful pictures everywhere I go. I also interested in stereographic projection images that create a little planet and 3D virtual tour and panorama. I use a 360degree panorama head to create my work.
Marcio is a landscape photographer based in Brasília, Brazil. Throughout his career, he has earned a well-deserved reputation for his award-winning work, which has been published in several travel and tourism magazines, as well as in books and website guides in Brazil. He also creates unique panoramas and was the first Brazilian to produce an underwater spherical panorama. Marcio holds three world records for producing the largest underwater panorama and is also among the top five experts in the world. Over the past eight years, it has been classified among the top 10 in the panoawards ranking, the world's largest panorama competition, and was already in second place in 2020.
Today, Marcio is dedicated to producing images for fine art and spherical panoramas. He also conducts workshops and photographic expeditions within Brazil and neighboring countries
I started my adventure with the world of panoramic photography in 2008.
My little challenge is to capture the most beautiful places around Australia and beyond. A lot of them are off the beaten track, often very inaccesible and remote.
If you know of any places that are worth to be put on the map for others to enjoy, I would like to hear from you!
Check out more panoramas and virtual tours on my website (there's heaps more!):
I'm an amateur with great interest in arts n philosophy, photography, cosmology, astronomy and a little bit of biology(esp ophthalmology).. It took me around 20years to realise that in all my interests there's one thing in common- capturing of light to learn and enlighten others. I love taking my camera wherever I go and capture everything I possibly can.. 360 degree panos give an all new dimension to my photography works, and I hope to bring much more better works in future
I first came into contact with panoramic photography back in 2009 when a friend showed me some little planet pictures he created with Hugin. Since then I was hooked and started to devour tutorials on how to create such astonishing pictures.
Initially I was using equipment I borrowed from the university where I studied at the time. Later on I got my own gear suited for the task. The technique improved over time, as hopefully did the results as well ;-)
We specialise in high-end 360˚ imagery, capturing + post-processing + VR tours.
Our photographer Peter won several awards:
I'm a Brazilian photographer, designer and music producer.
I'm always involved with new techniques and perfection.
From spherical panoramas to Stereoscopic 3D photos and videos, all jobs (including gigapixel and Little Planets Brasil project) are done with the clients needs in mind.
Here are some creative solutions for virtual tour layouts:
www.xyz360.com.br/rio-carnival-2011 (Rio de Janeiro Carnival at Sapucaí)
www.xyz360.com.br/originalgrajau (real estate)
www.busca360.com.br (Rio de Janeiro city tour)
If you need any virtual tour design, please let me know.
visit: www.xyz360.com.br for more info.
I am a photographer from Finland. For a long time photography was mainly a hobby but after I got into 360° panoramas and virtual tours in 2014, I have been doing a little commercial work also.
I have been interested not only panoramic photography but also HDR since 2008. Therefore some of my images are made by utilizing HDR technique.
Especially I like shooting landscapes and city areas but I'm interested trying something different and shooting other kinds of subjects as well.
My homepage (in Finnish) is www.mikasalmi.net
I've just retired as an English teacher and Director of Performing Arts and to fill the vacuum and stop me watching daytime television I've set up a small business, Go Panoramic, which specialises in 360 panoramic photography. (visit http[://www.gopanoramic.co.uk ). I produce virtual tours for websites, panoramic portraits and quirky equirectangular and Little Planet prints of landscapes and famous sites. I'm into literature, theatre, film, travel, bird-watching, sport and my family - not necessarily in that order. I get a real kick out seeing my shots full screen on 360 Cities and sharing them with photographers around the world on G+.
After forty eight years of working for large corporations in a technical management capacity, I have retired and begun to explore my lifelong interest in photography. In the sixties I enjoyed spending many hours in my basement darkroom processing black and white film and photographs. Later on, in the early seventies, I began to work part time as a wedding photographer for a large studio and then in my own business. Working forty plus hours a week, combined with all the photography work on the side, caused me to become an unfamiliar face with my own children and I reverted back to photography as a hobby. Now, that every night is a Friday night and every day a Saturday, I am taking advantage of my free time doing what I have enjoyed for so long. Things have changed quite a bit over the years. The hours spent in the darkroom with my enlarger are now spent in front of my computer with Photoshop and Lightroom. I hope you enjoy the photos I will be posting.
Photographer, CG artist, Product Designer
I've been involved in creating immersive panoramas for over 14 years starting out in Computer Generated visualization and animation before getting into the photography side of things about 10 years ago.
My photography clients include: golf courses, church organizations, and vocal groups, mining companies, and architectural designers in Southern Ontario.
Our services include Panoramic Photography and Virtual Tours, Computer Generated panoramic images, and web integration of immersive media.
Recently I've been documenting local scenes in the Niagara Area trying to put my little corner on the map. I look for the iconic, beautiful, eccentric or unusual. Its a very personal journey for me.
You can see more on my 360 Niagara website
”How did you get into that?' That's the question I get from people viewing my website or one of my prints. If it's a 'little planet view' they are often tipping their head or in some cases shaking it. I guess you could say there are two elements that draw me to this kind of photography. One would be getting high and the other would be looking around with a wide angle view.
I'm not sure where the getting high thing started. Perhaps it was my dad putting me on a booster seat in his Piper Comanche and letting me do the elevator and ailerons while he did the rudder. I couldn't reach. Perhaps it’s a 60s thing. I won't go into that too much. It's a blur anyway. Getting up high has not always worked out for me. From falling out of the top bunk in Indian Guides to tumbling backwards out of a willow tree from 40' at the age of 10 to a botched hang gliding launch at the age of 38, I have certainly taken my lumps. I suspect more than a few people think these sudden jolts to my brain matter account for my fixation on the 'little planet views'. In spite of all this I must say I have enjoyed the sensation and the view some altitude provides, from late afternoon flights with an Eagle just off my glider's wingtip, to sunsets perched in a cave on the side of a cliff. I suppose I'm getting stodgy because I get my views from a remote control camera mount on a tethered blimp or a 45' pole with a robot named Ansel on top but somehow I still manage to get my fix.
The wide angle view thing I think stems from my 'day job' doing computer aided design. I'm always rotating 3D models and zooming in and out so when I saw my first interactive panorama on the web I was hooked quickly. I also think It just goes with getting high. You climb the cliff to get the wide angle view. I've heard a spherical panorama described as 'all that can be seen from a point'. I like to think of 'little planet views' and
'tunnel views' as all that can be seen from a point seen all at once. I hope you all 'enjoy the view.'
Thanks for looking,
See also Brian Shrivers website at: SoCoPano
My personal work, my passion is fine art nature and landscape photography. A great hobby but no way to make a living these days! I enjoy extracting the little things out in the woods and prairies - insects on flowers, abstract forms and colors that others may pass by unnoticed. The flip side of that are grand landscapes and cloudscapes of the prairies, lakes and forests near my home. I have been experimenting with different techniques lately – focus stacking (PS5), spherical panoramas (PTgui) and HDR (Photomatix). In general I do most of my editing in Adobe Lightroom 3, then some Photoshop as necessary. I try to keep editing to a minimum – cropping, color correction and sharpening. The goal is to get it right when it is shot! You may visit my website, www.hennemanphoto.com, to see more examples of my work.
I was a Quality Assurance Engineer, retired in 2009. I have always had an interest in travel, ham radio (GW8TVX), home computing and photography. Having seen so many wonderful panoramic photographs on Google Earth, I thought I would try and make some myself. Thus fill a little more of my new found free time and perhaps use with my other hobbies and from there, who knows.
I use either a Nikon D610 or Nikon D90, Nikon 10.5mm lens, Nodal Ninja NN5 panoramic head, software is Kolor Autopano Giga.
I am lucky in that I also manage to visit friends and family almost every year in China and manage a few panoramas between sightseeing and other assorted family events.
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Website : www.ericpinel.com
Born in Marocco in 1972, I grew up in France. I got my master degree in photography at Toulouse, late 1993 (ETPA school)
After my graduation, I moved to Paris, working for a well established professional photographic company (Studio COLLET : www.collet.fr), which is the first european digital studio. I have worked there and learn how to optimize the light for digital use in collaboration with the biggest parisian advertising agencies.
Early 2000, I moved to Tahiti - French Polynesia.
I stayed for 6 years on a little Island (Huahine) to feel the incredible natural light which bathing this part of the Pacific. In the meantime, I have developped a commercial Image Bank (www.tahiti-imagebank.com) to sell my pictures all over the world, especially for travel industry.
I'm now settled since 4 years in Papeete where I'm developping website for hospitality industry with 360° virtual tour concept interiors and architectural pictures. I am also french Polynesia official photographer for Starwood hotels - Sheraton, Luxury collection, St Regis.
I got my first camera to my children's first communion. If I remember correctly, it was a simple roll film camera by Kodak with a 6 * 6 roll. Later, i am acquired the first SLR camera as a family camera. In the youth, we had been much experimenting with aperture, Exposure time and flash. Steps in the black and withe - laboratory were also present. But with the chemistry I did not have it in such a way.
Now, professional life began. In the past 25 years I've scurrying me in the IT - industry and left little time for photography.
When the first affordable and useful digital cameras came on the market, around the turn of the millennium, I jumped on. I was fascinated by the opportunity to get my photographed pictures going directly into the computer. My first digital was the compact camera Canon G2. Also this camera had in 2002 a panorama function, which has received the panoramic virus in me.
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Christian Kleiman was born in Alicante, Spain in 1969. He started photography in 2006 when he discovered how to obtain photos from a self build remote-controlled camera system that he used to hang on a flying parasail towed by his boat.
Christian first specialized in aerial photography where he started taking pictures from his “flying camera” of other boats in sailing races.
When he decided to make a living out of photography he specialized as well in 360 panoramic photography.
And by merging these two techniques he managed to create 360 aerial panoramic photos, which back at that time in 2012, were only developed by a few photographers.
After service as a freelance photographer in aerial photography, 360 immersive photography, and the creation of virtual tours, Christian moved to New Zealand in 2014, where during the following eight years he focused on specific locations in Polynesia, especially in New Zealand and the Fiji Islands for his surreal concept series; "What a Wonderful World".
Christian is currently established in the United Arab Emirates as a fine art photographer pursuing projects in which he can apply his creative techniques and discover new ways of expression.
Coming from a nautical background, he evolved in an environment surrounded by the sea. Constantly aware of the complete scene, as far as the eyes can see. This has marked an extraordinary influence on how this photographer represents his creations based on images where you can “see it all”.
Christian Kleiman is a photographer who through inspiration and self-teaching evolves continuously by exploring new ways of expression in search of the unseen perspective.
I'm retired now and have some "inconveniences" with my health, so fast and flashy photographing is a little bit difficult, but I discovered shooting 360x180° panoramas is my cup of tea and is something I can handle with lightweight and small photo gear when I go "hunting panoramas" with my mobility scooter in my region called "Het Gooi" en Vechtstreek. It's centrally located between Amsterdam, Utrecht and Amersfoort and avaried, green part of the Netherlands. You find heath, forests, lakes, rivers, polders, old towns and villages, modern architecture and it's known as the home for the rich and famous (unfortunately not me) Hope you appriciate my panos of this region.
My Pano Gear:
# Samyang 8mm F3.5 Fisheye NX-mount
# Samsung NX100 APS-C sensor 14.6 MP
# Triopo Magnesium-Aluminium alloy Tripod model MX-1327
# Falcon Eyes Light Stand L3900GA/B for elevated panos for camera (incl. pano head) on 4,2m/14ft (despite the moderate height it gives a nice natural spatial effect)
# FLM LB60 levelling base
# Sunwayfoto DDP-64S click-stop rotator
# Pano-MAXX spherical panorama head
# Pixel RW-221 E3 wireless remote control
# Kettlebell 4kg as small counterweight
# Samsung RAW Converter - convert RAW images to Tiffs upto ±3EV
# PhotoMatix Essentials - for Exposure Fusion and contrast control
# PTGui (standard edition) - for stitching panoramas
# pano2vr - for easy editing in flat cube faces and reconvert back to equirectangular projection
# PaintShop Pro X4 - for general editing
A typical panorama shoot for the Samyang (180° FOV) consists of 6 horizon level images in portrait mode (60° sectors give convenient overlap zones). Camera a little pointed to the ground (-10°~-12°) to make a small nadir footprint (easy to edit) and 1 or 2 Zenith images tilted up to +60° above the anchor image and optional the second one in opposite direction to generate a lot of control points for stitching. In case of situations with moving objects (pedestrians, cyclists, cars, some times clouds, etc) I shoot only 4 images on horizon level and 1 zenith. Shooting 90° sectors only with the click-stop rotator for precision due to very narrow overlap zones. My distance setting for the Samyang Fisheye is 3m and aperture mostly set to F8 and this results in a DOF (depth of field) of 30/40cm~infinity with (almost) max. sharpness. Smaller apertures (F11~F22) have more DOF but lesser general sharpness by diffraction = light scattering through a particularly small aperture.
Unfortunately on May 20th 2017, Dick Schippers passed away at the age of 70. His panoramas will remain available as beautiful memories.
Rick Schippers (his son)
I am a Network Administrator, by trade, working with Development Alternatives providing IT support to USAID projects around the world; and a world traveler / amateur photographer at heart. I enjoy travelling to new places, seeing new things, and taking pictures of everything I see. For me photography is an attempt to capture the world the way I see it, preserve it for memory, and sharing those visions with others. When I first started traveling for work in 2003 I carried a small 3 megapixel point-and-shoot camera with me everywhere I went. As work has continually taken me to more places around the world and has shown me many more things to capture I found, that as much as I enjoyed it, the little point-and-shoot camera was no longer enough and I started to invest in new equipment. Ever since I have been travelling on a frequent basis and you almost never find me more than 5 feet away from my camera, which is always at the ready. This website allows me to not only preserve those incredible places, but it also gives me a way to share those moments with others. I hope you enjoy browsing through my collection and that you visit again.
Many people say that photography is a "light" art, think about it, there is indeed ~
She feels photography can cultivate people's temperament, can make people discover the beauty, find the beauty of life, the United States and people of the United States, the United States plants, animals, beauty, nature, surrounded by a little bit of beauty ~
In addition to discovering the United States, but also know this beauty, one by one, one by one on a network, share with others, discuss with people, and people make progress together ~~
Hi, I'm Pavel.
I'm a photographer.
Welcome all fans and enthusiasts of photography ;o)
One interesting person said ... "Look man, no matter what you photographing and what's on photo, you are creating photo with your heart. Your heart is the right camera, which captures the fleeting moment of our lives." Interesting idea.
Photography and drawing have been my passion from childhood.
Even as a little kid I was always scribbling and doodling with my pencils.
Then, with my first little camera, I took pictures of anything , most anytime.
I always wondered how someone could paint such a nice picture or take such a wonderful photo. My curiosity led to the first attempts to imitate those processes. Of course, this was not always met with success; but as my grandmother always says:"He has patience." And, I say modestly, " I enjoy it."
There is always motivation for me to create a better photo, such as use a different angle of view, light, color scale, etc.
Look around here and enjoy it. I hope something from my gallery will remain in memory longer than it takes one mouse click. Thank you very much for your visiting.
I'm trying to improve my skill at this sort of photography: nature scenery, portrait, cultural diversity, the architecture, macro and sport.
I'm based at Vancouver, WA, available after 4pm during a weeks day and after 9am on weekends
I've just started taking panoramas and still have a lot to learn judging by some of the great photos on this site. (Cue Waynes World and Aerosmith)
My aim is to capture the construction of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge as a photography project over the next few years and share the photographs here for everyones benefit.
Sadly a road and bridge project is generally linear so full 360 panoramas may have a little unwanted background, I'll try and keep it a mininum.
I hope you enjoy viewing the photos as much as I've enjoyed making them.
Give me a like if you do
Photographs published here will have been checked by the Mersey Gateway team prior to publication.
I had my first contact with photography in the mid-seventies, when I was thirteen years old. At that time my step-uncle, who worked as a freelance photo-journalist for a local newspaper, taught me a little about taking photographs and processing negatives and photoprints in the darkroom. I was pretty fascinated, but was unfortunately talked out of the photographer's profession as an "unprofitable art". After some decades, I now feel more and more excited about photography again, especially panorama photography.
Working in the media industry since 1982, I am now the owner of a small agency, located not far from Würzburg in Northern Bavaria. I would be very pleased to be contacted via my website
My name is Flavio Massari, Virtual tours photographer in Lecce, Apulia, ; in the last thirty years I have lived photography, shooting, looking, talking about, sometime explaining and teaching, with the knowledge that this was my own language, my way of living experiences, my way of telling about. Something that is in my blood….
I has spent lot of time in studios, shooting still-lifes for my customer products, realizing virtual tours for their promotional purposes and shooting about my country, signing my little help to the success of their businesses and factories .
The last five years was rich and intense, for the start of the Google Street View Trusted program, in wich I have shooted hundreds of jobs, but more over I have met extraordinary people, as entrepreneurs and collegues. With a dozen of them we have founded the photographers network You360.it
When he was a little boy, Ken Aaron became fascinated by cameras—how they work, what they showed and what they didn’t. For years, photography had been his hobby—he learned of its storytelling value while thumbing through post-vacation family photos. But, over time, it became his passion—so much so that it inspired him to leave a successful and lucrative career in IT marketing and executive recruiting in the late-1990s, just to start all over again as a photographer’s assistant.
From there, he’d work his way up this career ladder one rung at a time, enrolling for classes at the Academy of Art to learn the technical education balanced with the practical experience learned working with other photographers. Since moving to Portland in 2003, Ken has been shooting for himself and for commercial clients (including Neighborhood Notes, which he founded in 2008) using a variety of techniques (high dynamic range, pinhole, macro photography, infrared, 360-degree panorama, and hand coloring) in both digital and film media.
Ken loves the to make photographs of places and spaces. These could be natural landscapes, urban environments, or man made structures.
I discovered panoramic photography in 1996 after graduating from university. At that time the only way to shoot panoramas was by stitching multiple frames using computer software and there was only approx 3 products out there for doing this, of which Apple's QuickTime VR Studio was by far the leading one (and I didn't even have a Mac).
After my first few panoramic images got a lot of interest and questions I started publishing information about how to shoot panoramas. I was trying to improve my own images and so started trying out lots of panoramic stitching software to try to find the best. I published the results of my tests as reviews. All this grew into what became www.panoguide.com, a website which was, for a little while, the world's leading website on panoramic photography. However all that took too much of my time to maintain and became a burden which I couldn't at that time work out how to resolve. I sold panoguide.com as an ongoing .com website business and focused on family.
I am now looking to get back into my panoramic photography. A lot has changed in particular the technology has become far more accessible and inexpensive. My interest remains on the photos themselves and as a personal enthusiast interest, not intending to be a full time photographer or panoramic pro.
Rivelino (b.1973 Jalisco, Mexico)
He has been experimenting with all sorts of materials, shapes and topics for over 15 years. He has most recently worked on in public interventions, investigating the relationship between the spectator and the artwork as he has done in Nuestros Silencios. During this time, Rivelino has managed the interaction of different materials such as clay and metal, from small to monumental formats.
Rivelino is mainly self-taught, however he has studied at the Ceramics School of Instututo Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA). His work is part of major private collections in Mexico, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Japan, Australia, Canada, The United States and countries in Central and South America.
For more information: www.oursilences.co.uk, www.nuestrossilencios.com and www.rivelino.com.mx
· Ten great format bronze sculptures will serve as guardians at Victoria Tower Gardens from January 14th to February 15th, 2011.
· Nuestros Silencios becomes a part of the City of Sculpture Festival 2010/11, organised by the Westminster City Council.
London, January 6th 2011. Is this Stonehenge at Westminster? Are these Outer-space giants from a science-fiction story by H.G. Wells? Nothing of the sort. This is Nuestros silencios, a monumental public art installation by Mexican Sculptor Rivelino, which has been touring Europe and has now arrived to its sixth and penultimate tour date: London.
Nuestros Silencios will be exhibited at the Victoria Tower Gardens, located next to the Houses of Parliament, which have been catalogued as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Gardens are located in a riverbank overlooking the Thames, which runs from South Westminster to Lambeth Bridge.
During 2010 Rivelino’s Nuestros Silencios has been presented in five European Cities as part of the Mexican Independence Bicentennial celebrations, these cities are: Lisbon, Madrid, Brussels, Berlin and Rome, all of which are renowned metropolises, “nevertheless London, and specifically Westminster, will prove to be the jewel of the crown for this exhibition, and will not go unnoticed during its stay” as Councilman Robert Davis, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, pointed out in his message for the English version of the exhibition’s catalogue.
We should mention that Victoria Tower Gardens hosts important outdoors sculptural works such as Rodin’s “The Burghers of Calais”, the statue of British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, who had a major role in conquering women’s right to vote, and the Buxton Memorial Fountain, which commemorates the abolition of slavery. “This sculptural art celebrates social and libertarian values that are in full agreement with freedom of expression, which is the concept behind Nuestros Silencios” said Rivelino, the very first Mexican sculptor to present a monumental public installation in London.
The authorities of the Westminster City Council have been working on taking advantage of their unique public spaces through the City of Sculpture Festival, which started a year ago. This event seeks to exhibit the work of the best local and international artists, offering a platform for their work so the thousands of people that visit Westminster on a daily basis can see it.
Nuestros silencios is a monumental public sculpture installation that features ten three-dimensional pieces of great format (3.50 x 2.30 x 1.20 meters with a weight of one ton). They are made of bronze using the “lost wax” technique and white and ochre patina. The bodies are covered with low and high relieves, free-interpretation texts covered with seeds and plants. The sculptures also feature a metal plate covering their mouths symbolising the importance of individual and collective freedom of expression.
The idea of freedom of expression is a subject of permanent relevance that goes beyond aesthetic topics and encompasses politics, culture, social and personal issues, and is also related to other ambits such as freedom of the press, self censorship, copyright, intellectual property, the free flow of information on the Internet, Human rights, Public Order and protests, an also the gradual erosion of the public space.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom, the Westminster City Council and The Royal Parks have participated in this sixth and penultimate presentation of Nuestros silencios in London. The inauguration will take place on January 14th, 2011 at 12:00 pm and will be attended by the authorities of the three collaborating institutions.
The images you see here are the result of an interest in panoramic photography that goes back over 35 years. As a student in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota, one often began a project by going out to a hypothetical building site with a 35mm camera and taking a series of sequential snapshots. Then, back at the studio, with a little scotch tape and the exercise of an ability not exceeding that of laying dominoes end to end, a panorama would emerge.
After two decades of dealing with real buildings on real sights, vacations to exotic places, scotch tape, exacto blades, band aids and some unsatisfactory experiments with early stitching software, I began to look at the real thing. I began to research real panoramic cameras. In 1996 I took my first true panoramic photograph with the Hulcherama Panoramic Camera. This first effort was a bewildering 360° blur of trees and boulders near Devil's Den on The Gettysburg National Battlefield, but it was the start. Subsequently, I honed a tenuous professionalism with this subtle, high-strung camera which, when it was good, was very, very good indeed.
The panoramas displayed on this page were taken with either the Hulcher or more recently, as digital technology superseded analogue, the GigaPan system. Initially, I was going to be the new interpreter of the American Civil War, a sort of historical messiah laying open heretofore unknown truths about truly historic landscapes where the fate of a divided union was played out, if play is the word. I've taken dozens of panoramas of the Gettysburg and Antietam battlefields and many others. Over the years I have expanded my portfolio to several other subjects and landscapes of interest.
You may notice that these panoramas are all cylindrical projections. Not spherical. I made this choice early on. My final work is entirely a traditional two dimensional medium...the photographic print. Although the viewing of spherical panoramas is a fascinating and informative experience, the ability to see the entire 360 degree field of vision at once in a single, unrolled, flat photographic image allows compositional and graphic advantages unavailable from a purely rotational viewing system. In fact, it's an experience not even an on-site presence will allow. You may see how I compose, print and frame the final 360 degree images in full format on my website
I'm always interested in hearing from people interested in panoramas. You can reach me at
James O. Phelps