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May 26, 2012 10:12 AM   Subscribe

Peter Brings the Shadow to Life is a video made by Joe Pease which cleverly inverts our perspective of a skateboarder.
posted by quin (8 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
This is from the Predatory Bird blog, the website of Scottish pro skater John Rattray.
posted by Drab_Parts at 10:47 AM on May 26, 2012

This is great - I'm surprised at the extent to which the high contrast allows us (me anyway) to see the nuances of the tricks. The larger shadows also convey a sense of motion better than more typical footage.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 11:01 AM on May 26, 2012

don't know why this is cool, but it is
posted by sineater at 11:29 AM on May 26, 2012

Don't know why this wouldn't be cool, and it is.
posted by aubilenon at 12:37 PM on May 26, 2012

Wasn't expecting to like this after the first few moments, but the upside-down perspective starts seeming perfectly normal up until something happens to disrupt it, bringing a nice little "oh, WHOA" to the proceedings.
posted by ardgedee at 1:14 PM on May 26, 2012

I love this. When I first saw this last week it took me a bit to sort out what was happening ie that what looked like the shadow of the shadow was the kid's real feet. So then I had to watch it four more times.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 1:22 PM on May 26, 2012

I thought it was a pretty damn cool idea, but that music needs to die by fire.
posted by Samizdata at 8:19 PM on May 26, 2012

Highly recommend the aforementioned blog. Rattray is stellar.
posted by huckleberryhart at 11:47 PM on May 26, 2012

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