Another two weeks, another strip added to the skygrid. The solstice is immanent, and then the light starts to contract!
I ran a letterpress job Saturday morning, and figured I’d have some time to do a composite video afterward. It kinda turned into an afternoon-long video outing, starting in Copley Square by the Boston Public Library, going to the Mass Ave bridge over the Charles in Cambridge, and ending up in Central Square. It got a little hot, and I ruined my New England fluorescent white-boy tan, but I think it was all for the better.
I moved perhaps 300 ft from my position in Quincy Market and set up my camera in the square facing City Hall, and managed to record a pair of buskers with guitars doing neo-folk instrumentals and a drummer with a collection of plastic pails. All of them were drowned out by the breakbeats blared by a group of breakdancers who set up shop at the end of the square, beguiling the tourists and eliciting cheers and gasps. If you listen carefully you can hear all these sounds and more, over the murmur of the crowd, the squawk of seagulls, and the roar of large trucks moving goods and garbage around downtown Boston.
Another urban icosacomposite, this time of Boston landmark Faneuil Hall. I set up so I’d have a good view of the square in front of Quincy Market, and I was hoping to get the school crowds, the tourists and the people on lunch break. I also got a sketch artist drawing tourists – the cluster of camp chairs left of center is his setup.
After a lovely Saturday afternoon cranking out letterpress invitations for a client, I decided I needed to be even more productive, so I went and hung out around Davis Square for a couple hours to catch a glimpse of the nightlife. The results are in! And they look ghostly and layered! Bonus feature on the first one: in the layered audio you might be able to pick out covers of U2′s “One” and “With Or Without You”, as performed by a couple of nearby buskers.
It keeps progressing, daylight extending closer to the edges of the field. A little more than a month to go before it peaks and begins to wane.
I’m just posting the averaged skygrid this time, the version with cropped boxes as pixels doesn’t really work well at this size and if I’m going to do it, I’ll probably do it with boxes larger than 10 px by 10 px, so it’s easier to see the interactions.
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