Alex Funke Shoots the Globe

Alex Funke shooting globe of Earth

A highly detailed globe of the Earth is positioned for photographs for production art.

Eames Office staff members Alex Funke, assisted by Michael Weiner, shot Powers of Ten (1977), frame-by-frame, over the course of a year on a forty-foot-long animation stand. In the book, Powers of Ten: About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe (1982), by Philip Morrison and Phylis Morrison and the Office of Charles and Ray Eames, Alex commented:

Powers of Ten is essentially one continuous animation-stand truck shot. The animation was photographed in a series of ten-second moves, made in such a way that the apparent acceleration is constant.  Every ten-second period begins with a big close-up of the center of a large image, and ends on a field ten times larger.  At the center of each image–there were more than a hundred of them–was an inserted, ten times reduced view of the entire preceding scene, to assure continuity of detail and color.  The successive moves were linked by in-camera dissolves.”

Here, Alex photographs a globe of the Earth for production art for the 10+6, 10+7, 10+8, and, 10+9 powers in which the Earth appears.

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