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March 16, 2008

Advertising Done Right

You know, I really do think Bruno Aveillan is a genius, to which I suppose his many awards can also attest. For me personally, his work for the old Thermasilk commercials (do any of you remember those?) is some of his best. The Thermasilk campaign kicked off in 2000 and cost millions to produce a single commercial spot. But oh, what commercials! Hands-down my favorite commercial of all time in this universe or any other:

They just don't make them like that anymore, friends. For that matter, they didn't make them like that before, either. I would love to see a feature-length film done by this fellow, following on his incredible aesthetic sensibility.

Here are a few more at which to gape:

Dragon

Mythology

Firefly

Sorceress

Maze

Symphony

Robot

Retro Car Show

Quezac

Flying Pigs

I saw this add on TV the other week and it rather moved me:

A Journey

Another of Aveillan's. I should have known.




March 11, 2008

Beauty In Decay: Poltalloch House

Built in 1853, this once grand Scottish estate fell into ruins in the 1950s when the owners dismantled the roof to avoid paying heavy taxes.  Today its walls stand amongst brambles and vines, ravished by the elements as well as nature -- yet it still retains a quiet dignity.

The photos below are from Casa Vogue, a supplement from the Oct '07 issue of Italian Vogue. The photos capture the juxtaposition between what once was and what now is. Click to view

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