“If I’m an advocate for anything, its to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.” – Anthony Bourdain
Shanghai, about as far away from home as I have ever been, yet in a strange way, I felt like I WAS at home. Seeing new places, meeting new people, trying new food, and of course capturing images and art along the way….at times it DOES feel like my second home.
I dug into the archives to find a few images I liked from my trip to Shanghai after watching the 4th season premier of Parts Unknown tonight. I hear its changed quite a bit since I was there, but what stood out most for me was the extremely polarizing scenes like I tried to depict below. From the hi-tech and colorful Island of Pudong to the dirt floor covered kitchens in the alleys just steps from the Grand Hyatt on the Bund.
Hope to make it back there someday to explore it a bit deeper!
But what a great show tonight. Did you see it? I have long been a fan of Anthony Bourdain going way back to the first season of No Reservations. A Paris episode I think it was. From a chef, he certainly has grown into quite the artist! I did a quick post about him a while back right here.
For tonights “Meet the Artist” post however, I’d like to also introduce you to some of the creative team behind the lens. As with any great project, it takes a team, and the team behind Anthony’s art is a production company called Zero Point Zero Productions.
Right from their site:
Zero Point Zero is a tight-knit assemblage of talented creatives committed to challenging the conventions of popular entertainment. We believe in substance, and prefer true narrative to contrivance, portrait to snapshot. To us, quality and truth are paramount.
And assembling creatives is exactly what they did in tonights Season Four opening. Honestly, you have to see it! This show has become one of the most visually impressive things on tv and in my opinion, one of the only reasons to turn the thing on. Now if FOX would only start producing some content to replace the blabbering blithering blundering talking heads on their network (but of course, thats a completely different story now isn’t it?) LOL
Anyway, I was especially impressed with the cinematic story telling, style of shots, and beautifully edited kitchen segments. Again, it takes a team of dedicated artists to create this kind of work, but as this blog is focused bait more on the frame and how its captured and processed, I figured that I would share the art of 2 specific members of the team below. The DP or director of photography and the editor (and producer I believe). Those credits roll by fast don’t they?!
Check them out a little more from their links below, and make sure and check out this season here!
More cool stuff here on the blog this week so check back for more!