Friday Filmstrip: Glass Jars by Alec Soth

Posted in LBM A/V by LBM on December 18th, 2009

We are happy to announce the LBM A/V Department. After a week of books and mushrooms, it’s nice to turn down the lights, kick back, and watch a little slideshow.

Our first strip is Alec Soth’s Glass Jars:

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You can also see this film a little bit larger at our LBM A/V host.

18 Responses to “Friday Filmstrip: Glass Jars by Alec Soth”

  1. Beautifully simple story. Seeing the abandoned places in context with the news broadcasts made it very effective.

  2. Jimmy Fountain says:

    Nice. I really liked the addition of just a little bit of motion video to the slide show format. What’s the song near the end?

  3. erin*carly says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful. I love the pacing between locations and the simple little pieces of motion. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Alec Soth says:

    Sorry, don’t know the song.

  5. tread says:

    a brilliant piece of storytelling Mr. Soth. Captivating and er, excuse the pun, jarring.

  6. vebahood says:

    Nice ‘La Jetée’ touch with the motion…

  7. Eric says:

    Stimulating work Alex.

  8. Mark Sink says:

    cool new media .. inspiring

  9. niffer says:

    very subtle and more than a little sad… i like it. it’s similar to your photography.

  10. Bob Hirsch says:

    Alex, Someone told me of your interest in jars. I have some extra somes.
    See: World In A Jar: War and Trauma

  11. hi alec,
    glad your blogging again.

  12. Darrell Eager says:

    Funny. Nice photo’s.

  13. Junior says:

    Photography as fetish. Journalism as self-righteous. I like the blog and the books it showcases but this is just exploitation. No real insights. Just tripped up black and white snaps. But maybe I’m wrong. It’s an horrific story. Why would you try turn it into a cool looking thing? If as it seems to be as much about you (with all the references to ‘I”) maybe it needs to be a bit more self revealing?

  14. bob black says:

    hey alec

    ironically, just finished re-watching la jetee (as my wife left of nye for paris/moskva)…anyway…..

    more like sans pots de verre ;) )….

    love the final minute…and of course, the dear carcus (whose hanging body does arch like the hero at the end of jetee)….

    welcome back to blog/ing….

    i left a comment prior, but it fanished (under the mountain haiku book post)

    happy nye


  15. jacksonducasse says:

    that was real interesting in the way that your small investigation revealed the extent to which the media mislead and exploits the public perception of events. I read about this story in a British Paper and found it disturbing at the time without really questioning any facets of the story. I guess we hear of so many stories like this that we fail to question the motivations of the media in exciting a response from the the public.

    An inspiring approach!

  16. Rachel Wolfe says:

    Completely alone and loved by all. Experiments like these are endearingly investigative. I feel I can relate, but we can never be loved by all. There is every reason (evidence in this work and all your works) to have love for yourself and your work be enough-the rest of the adoration is just bonus.

    I’m glad you are doing what you do. The world is a better place because of it, and I have hope…for…me? the world? I’m not sure, but I get a good feeling. Thank you.

  17. George Waud says:

    This is terrifically well executed.

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