February 9, 2007 12:25 PM   Subscribe

Blandlands. Videoblogger Aaron Valdez (previously) has entered his minimalist phase. These short, wordless scenes of suburban landscapes are quiet meditations on beauty and decay. Great for people who don't have windows in their offices. Other Valdez offerings include The Life and Times of Robert Kennedy Starring Gary Cooper, America's Way, and Subterranean Homesick 41 Frame Delay Blues.
posted by roll truck roll (7 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
PS Subterranean Homesick Blues sounds the same backwards as forwards
posted by grobstein at 12:58 PM on February 9, 2007

Like watching paint dry...
posted by twsf at 1:51 PM on February 9, 2007

Brilliant atmospheric stuff, I really liked it. I grew up in British suburbia - very different, but the same sort of atmosphere.

I remember at the Photographers' Gallery in London, in 2003, there was a great exhibition of pictures of warehouses and logo signs by Frank Breuer, just in a long line along the wall one after the other. By the end you really appreciated the fine detail on each one.

See also: Boring Postcards (Amazon link to book)

Thanks, roll truck roll.
posted by athenian at 2:37 PM on February 9, 2007

Wow, athenian. Thanks for sharing. I'd love to see a catalogue for that Frank Breuer exhibition. Boring Postcards looks great too.

I'm glad there are people who like this stuff as much as I do.
posted by roll truck roll at 3:25 PM on February 9, 2007

The Kennedy/Cooper one was stellar. Thanks! dl others now.
posted by dobbs at 5:34 PM on February 9, 2007

Attention: old skool MeFi Member "Bradlands"... Here's the theme for your next April Fools Homepage (he's already done "Bardlands" "Brandlands" and "Bradylands")
posted by wendell at 9:19 PM on February 9, 2007

I really liked the atmospheric vids. Definitely worth a bookmark.

Remember Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild"? I thought he did a masterful job with the rural scenes in Va/Pa. The quick stops, the small churches, the mom and pop motels, the rural highways.

Fascinating stuff as always roll.
posted by vronsky at 11:31 PM on February 10, 2007

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