Tilt-shift: Questioning Reality

The world is a very strange place.

As children, we’d thought of the world as huge and almost endless; that we were very small creatures in a gigantic space. However, the rapid development of modern technology and social media have changed that impression. We can easily meet people who live in distant countries; we conduct conference calls via Skype; and we can view faraway lands at any photography website.

Even when we travel to other countries, we are never totally separated from the people we care about back home, thanks to all the messages, pictures and life events we can share on Facebook, in email, or via video chats. Distances are rapidly becoming shorter. The feeling that the world is really tiny gets stronger every day; with today’s media, our planet is spread out right before our eyes. It’s getting so small and so familiar that we start wondering: Is it all real? Is it still the world of dangers, adventures and the unknown, or it is just a toy story captured by tilt-shift lenses?.. 

Kotor old town, Montenegro | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | Oleksandr Prykhodko

Wavebreak Media: Breaking a Story

Sean Prior, CEO of the Irish-owned company Wavebreak Media, well-known to Depositphotos buyers as a Platinum contributor, has kindly agreed to give us a short interview. Crazy shoots and challenges, team and equipment, competitors and stock industry trends – these and other topics coming straight from the source. Please read below.
Depositphotos: Sean, tell us about your team. What background do your employees have?
Sean Prior: All our employees are highly creative and dedicated to producing top-class video and images. They very much share the same vision and work ethic. We have a good mix on our team but the common characteristic is that everyone has real passion for what we do.
Depositphotos: How many people are usually involved in a shoot?
Sean Prior: We could have as many as 40 people on set for a big shoot. This involves lighting, hair and makeup, styling, models, assistants, runners, production management and so on. It might sound a bit over the top, but think of a small Hollywood film and you might not be that far off.
Depositphotos: What was the best and the most exciting project you’ve implemented?
Sean Prior: There have been so many. We have done many crazy and bizarre things, but the most recent was when we rented an entire hospital for a week and spent about 70 hours shooting 40 models. We were allowed to turn on all the machines and even build a pharmacy in the hospital. It was just us and a large hospital with just one caretaker who we gave a bottle of whiskey to on the first day and he was happy to let us run around like kids. There is a very short behind-the-scenes on our blog. You can also see our director of photography in a cage with a cheetah, with just a man with a shovel to protect him. We also have one or two really crazy ones planned in slow motion – so watch this space.

Around the World in 80 Days: Turin

Phileas Fogg reached Turin on October 4, 1872. at 6:35 a.m. and left the city at 7:20 a.m., which we consider very unfortunate. Thе capital of the Italian north is known for its beautiful architecture, piazzas, parks and delicious Italian cuisine. How can one spend less than an hour in such a place? No haste or bet could be more important than the beauty of this Piedmont capital. Turin deserves more precise attention, and today we will attract that attention with these great views of the city.

City of Turin skyline panorama seen from the hill | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | Luca Silvestro Santilli

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