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Celebrating the surreal in the 2021 Creative Photo Awards

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The 2021 Siena Creative Photo Awards proudly sits at the inventive and experimental end of the photography competition spectrum. This year’s winning selections showcase evocative visions spanning plastic waves, chic chameleons, and freaky forks.

While many photo contests urge entrants to deploy as little digital manipulation as possible, the Siena Creative Photo Awards accepts all kinds of imagery. Any post-production technique is allowed and, as the rules state, “only the final effect counts.”

Highly Commended, Conceptual. 'Lord Kumulus and the Journey to the Blue Moon'. The airship is made out of the medieval houses in the City of Hameln. The landscape is near Greifswald, by the German Baltic Sea
Highly Commended, Conceptual. ‘Lord Kumulus and the Journey to the Blue Moon’. The airship is made out of the medieval houses in the City of Hameln. The landscape is near Greifswald, by the German Baltic Sea

Matthias Jung

Some entries jump headfirst into digital collage territory, such as Matthias Jung’s surreal steampunk airship made out of medieval houses. But others display little to no digital tinkering, instead focusing on creative compositions, like Eric Politzer’s serene shot of a lone cellist playing in a dilapidated movie house in Havana.

Overall Winner. 'The Lake'. Lake Urmia, the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth-largest saltwater lake on Earth, is located between the provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan
Overall Winner. ‘The Lake’. Lake Urmia, the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth-largest saltwater lake on Earth, is located between the provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan

Masoud Mirzaei

The top prize in the 2021 competition went to Iranian photographer Masoud Mirzaei. Taken at Lake Uremia, the largest lake in the Middle East, the gorgeous image presents a spellbinding, almost painterly composition.

Other highlights from this year’s competition include a fascinating shot of a wave subtly manipulated to resemble the texture of a dark plastic bag, an instantly iconic silhouette of an elk atop a mountain, and an amusing shot of a chameleon trying to camouflage itself against a floral wallpaper.

Commended, Open. 'Plastic "Wave" #3'. This ongoing series is a visual commentary on the effects of human behavior on our oceans and seas
Commended, Open. ‘Plastic “Wave” #3’. This ongoing series is a visual commentary on the effects of human behavior on our oceans and seas

Hugh Kretschmer

The Creative Photo Awards contest is one arm of the larger Siena International Photo Awards. This rapidly growing photo contest also features a dedicated drone photography competition.

Take a look through our gallery at more highlights from this year’s Creative Photo Awards.

Source: Creative Photo Awards

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Brutish off-grid pop-up camper brings Outback flavor to UK hinterlands

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The photos and spec sheet of the new X1 “micro habitat” trailer from Valkari Overland scream “Australia’s latest off-road camper trailer!” But this overbuilt brute is more likely to be found roaming the highlands and moors of the British Isles than the Outback of Australia. No matter where it roams, the go-anywhere squaredrop brings some comforts and luxuries from home, growing into a roomy base camp with dining lounge, sleeping space for the whole family, plenty of cooking power and a full entertainment system.

Not only do Valkari X1 features, like the hot-dipped galvanized chassis and dual-shock independent suspension, sound straight out of Australia, but the shape of the 16-foot (490-cm) X1 looks very much like it could be the latest offering from Bruder, a high-popping, more axle-centered alternative to the EXP-4. However, the company was founded in Great Britain in 2020 by entrepreneur Nevil Slade, also the founder and CEO of racing simulator manufacturer Vesaro.

Valkari was founded by Nevil Slade, also the founder and CEO of racing simulator brand Vesaro
Valkari was founded by Nevil Slade, also the founder and CEO of racing simulator brand Vesaro

Valkari Overland

Above its chassis and 265/75 R16 off-road tires, the X1 has a welded aluminum alloy frame skinned out in 25-mm aluminum-composite panels sandwiched around insulation. That rugged, weatherproof shell protects a cozy interior designed to sleep an entire family, with dual doors and foldaway steps providing convenient entry and exit.

Like some of the latest American off-road trailers, the X1 relies on a pop-top design to expand livable interior space beyond the simple two-adult mattress found in many an off-road tear or squaredrop. Valkari fills out the standing-height space with a dining lounge with wraparound seating and a bench-style sofa.

View of the X1 floor plan
View of the X1 floor plan

Valkari Overland

At night, the table drops down and the cushions rearrange into a wall-to-wall 75 x 57-in (190 x 145-cm) bed that Valkari suggests will fit a child and two parents. The available pop-up roof sleeping platform helps sleep a larger family, adding a 44 x 81-in (112 x 206-cm) bed good for a pair of adults or three to four children. The modular three-piece platform allows for access down to the main floor of the trailer.

Valkari takes amenities to the next level with a 14-in LCD TV and stereo speakers. Two outside speakers pull music from the DVD/CD/Bluetooth/radio media player to the other side of the walls.

Valkari X1 converted over into sleeping configuration with main bed and rooftop sleeper platform and
Valkari X1 converted over into sleeping configuration with main bed and rooftop sleeper platform and

Valkari Overland

Cooks will have to step outside and around back, where the tailgate galley houses dual slide-outs below a full-width worktop. One multi-level slide-out houses the sink and the independent dual burners, and the other slide carves out dedicated space for the optional 30-L fridge. A standard water heater pushes hot water to the sink for cleaning dishes and also to the outdoor shower. An optional fold-out shower room can be used with the shower sprayer as well as the available portable toilet.

In place of the common transverse kitchen common in squaredrop trailers, Valkari adds a combination of full-width counter and slide-out equipment
In place of the transverse kitchen common in squaredrop trailers, Valkari adds a combination of full-width counter and slide-out equipment

Valkari Overland

A pair of 100-Ah deep-cycle lead-acid batteries wired to a 2,000-W inverter powers onboard equipment like the audio/video gear, 12-V water pump and LED lighting. Solar panels can be added on optionally. Fresh water gets distributed out from a 120-L underbody steel tank with digital monitoring and drains into an 80-L gray water tank. Air conditioning and diesel heat are available as options.

The X1 comes standard with a retractable awning and a full-size roof rack that holds dynamic loads up to 110 lb (50 kg). Off-road electric brakes with electronic management help bring the 2,425-lb (1,100-kg) camper trailer to stop.

Upon first glance, the Valkari Overland X1 looks completely like the latest Australian camper trailer, but this one actually comes from Great Britain
Upon first glance, the Valkari Overland X1 looks completely like the latest Australian camper trailer, but this one actually comes from Great Britain

Valkari Overland

According to its website, Valkari is working to get the X1 certified for use on UK roads. It plans to sell it for a starting price of £16,999 (approx. US$23,475) or £17,498 ($24,150) with the three-piece removable upper sleeping platform. Interested parties can sign up for more info and updates, and uninterested parties may or may not gain a little more interest after watching the 3.5-minute simulation below.

Valkari X1 Off-Road and Off-Grid overland and Expedition camper trailer

Source: Valkari Overland

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Ultralight field office carries digital nomads deeper into the wild

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The past year has really blown up the work-from-home and work-from-anywhere lifestyles. With that, we’ve seen some new product designs aimed specifically at today’s generation of untethered, adventurous worker bees. The all-new Tactical Field Office from Helinox is the lightest, most portable solution yet, packing a mini-outdoor workstation into a hard-framed carry bag that weighs less than 5 lb (2.3 kg). Even when the road ends, the journey can still continue.

Previously, we thought that mobile office vans or folding chair workstations were the most versatile, convenient products for working from the road, beach or forest. But Helinox takes workplace mobility a step beyond those previous designs, creating a workstation light and compact enough to travel by foot over miles worth of wilderness, packed comfortably next to a laptop, bagged lunch and other workday essentials. Should you want to experience working from a scenic overlook or remote slice of coastline reached only by singletrack, Helinox’s field office seems like one of the best possible ways of bringing along a desk.

Helinox Tactical Field Office ready for laptop, paper and pen
Helinox Tactical Field Office ready for laptop, paper and pen

Helinox

Helinox’s design starts with an aluminum-tube frame-surrounded 15-L cargo bag that looks like it could double as a handy piece of carry-on luggage. The table secures to the frame and serves as a hard face when folded up for transport. Upon arrival, the table folds out and can remain attached to the cargo bag frame to create something of a mini-desk or can detach and stand on its own.

With a 4.6 lb (2-kg) base weight and 23.5 x 15.8 x 9-in (59.7 x 40.1 x 22.9-cm) packed size, the Tactical Field Office isn’t quite light or compact enough to tag along on a multi-day trip that involves a backpack loaded with food, water, sleeping gear, extra clothes and other essentials. It’s more a way of carrying a convenient mobile office to the park, along a river or down a trail for a day, perhaps two. Should you want to spend the night, the 15-L cargo bag can accommodate clothing and other essentials next to your laptop and work provisions and includes MOLLE-style webbing for lashing additional items to its exterior. An optional shoulder strap makes for easier transport than the grab handles.

If you're walking any significant distance, the shoulder strap seems like a good add-on
If you’re walking any significant distance, the shoulder strap seems like a good add-on

Helinox

Given that Helinox makes some of the lightest, most packable outdoor furniture out there, we’re a bit surprised it stuck with a bulky, fixed tubular frame for this particular design. It seems the frame could benefit from the fully collapsible aluminum-pole construction that allows its Chair Zero to pack down to roughly the size of a 750-ml bottle of wine. It also seems like Helinox could eliminate the frame altogether and just make a collapsible table that secures to the side of the cargo bag, but we suppose that might not feel as much like a “field office.”

Helinox's field office (far left) is part of the new Tactical line that also includes a table, two chair styles and a cot
Helinox’s field office (far left) is part of the new Tactical line that also includes a table, two chair styles and a cot

Helinox

Helinox’s Field Office is certainly lighter and more easily carried than other mobile workstations, though, and seems like an interesting option for pushing one’s workday further afield. The new Tactical lineup is billed as a more durable, military-inspired breed of Helinox product. Helinox launched the lineup in North America this week, and the Field Office prices in at $199.95. Buyers can add on compatible accessories like the $29.95 shoulder strap, $29.95 laptop sleeve and $24.95 inner divider for organizing clothes and other loose items.

Source: Helinox

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MVRDV stacks offset boxes for sustainable harbor visitor center

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Whether creating an art depot that looks like a mixing bowl, or a shopping mall shaped like a mountain, MVRDV always puts a unique spin on its projects. For Rotterdam’s Harbour Experience Centre, the firm has designed an eye-catching building consisting of five stacked offset box-like volumes. It will boast impressive sustainable design too, including solar and wind power, and the use of recycled materials for construction.

The Harbour Experience Centre will measure 3,533 sq m (roughly 38,000 sq ft). Though the arrangement of its boxes looks haphazard, they are going to be situated so that generous glazing will focus views on the nearby North Sea or sand dunes.

The Harbour Experience Centre will offer views of the North Sea and nearby sand dunes
The Harbour Experience Centre will offer views of the North Sea and nearby sand dunes

MVRDV

The interior’s five floors will include a cafe, a restaurant, and an exhibition space, while at the center will be an atrium with a sculpture and model of the Port of Rotterdam. The building’s exterior will also feature a bright red staircase that provides access to a rooftop terrace.

According to MVRDV, the building’s construction will be “energy neutral.” It does indeed sound remarkably green and will consist of steel sourced from demolished structures, facade panels made from partly recycled materials, and excellent insulation.

It’s designed to be easily disassembled and reused or recycled, and the facade panels will be returned to the manufacturer once the building ceases to be required at some point in the future. And concrete piles are not used for the foundation, which is designed to leave no trace when it’s gone. Furthermore, it will get power from a total of 266 solar panels and a wind turbine.

The Harbour Experience Centre's required electricity will be produced by 266 solar panels, as well as a wind turbine
The Harbour Experience Centre’s required electricity will be produced by 266 solar panels, as well as a wind turbine

MVRDV

“We think of the Harbour Experience Centre as a machine to reveal the incredible world of the port,” says MVRDV’s founding partner Winy Maas. “It’s low-cost, it’s stripped back, you can see some of the building’s structure when you’re inside. But it therefore does its job almost ruthlessly – just like the machinery of the port itself. Every part of the design is geared towards engaging people and then educating them about their surroundings. In that way, it not only teaches people about the Port of Rotterdam, but envelops them in the spirit of the port itself.”

The Harbour Experience Centre is expected to open to visitors in 2024.

Source: MVRDV

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Flexound Pulse envelops movie watchers in their own personal sound bubbles

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Flexound Augmented Audio has launched the Flexound Pulse, a cinema seating solution that creates a personal sound bubble around movie watchers for the promise of a full-range quality audio experience without the use of external loudspeakers.

The Flexound Augmented Audio vibro-acoustic experience makes use of physical soundwave vibration to generate multisensory audio, and was originally developed to help autistic children. Among the first commercial outings were in movie theater seating, with a cinema in Finland kicking things off in February 2019, followed by the UK’s Ferco Seating gaining official certification for two boosted models in June, and TGV Cinemas installing 140 of Ferco’s Milano seats in a theater in Malaysia in November. More movie theater installations have followed.

The technology could also enable auto makers to install personalized sound zones in cars, provide driver-only physical feedback, or offer sound massages to vehicle occupants. Use cases for automotive applications were demonstrated at a Hyundai event in December of last year, when the company revealed it was working with a number of automotive brands to bring its full-frequency near-field listening experience to future vehicles.

For the Pulse chair, the Flexound technology comprises a vibrating soundboard and electromagnetic driver are integrated into a seating cushion. The company reckons that folks are able to feel frequencies up to 500 hertz through their bodies, with the hands and skin getting up as far as 1,000 Hz, and the Pulse configuration is said to create a kind of personal listening booth where seated users can hear as well as feel the audio accompanying a movie.

“Unlike loudspeakers that vibrate sound into the air, Flexound Augmented Audio radiates the vibration through foam, providing a soft, near-field listening experience,” explained the company.

Flexound says that the Pulse "provides a personalized, enclosed equivalent of 5.1 surround sound by feeding the audio signal to four channels, each of which can reproduce high-quality full-range audio, which is carefully mechanically tuned"
Flexound says that the Pulse “provides a personalized, enclosed equivalent of 5.1 surround sound by feeding the audio signal to four channels, each of which can reproduce high-quality full-range audio, which is carefully mechanically tuned”

Flexound Augmented Audio

Flexound Pulse is reported to provide a similar surround sound audio quality and touch sensation for each user, no matter where they’re located in the movie theater, and can do so without the theater needing to pump out huge volumes, so sound leakage from room to room should be much lower than with a traditional far-field loudspeaker technology.

“Flexound Pulse makes every chair the ‘golden chair’ [in the cinema] because it delivers the ideal sound equally to every listener,” commented veteran sound engineer Riku Jaro after testing the system.

Beyond cinema and automotive use scenarios, the company says that the Flexound Augmented Audio technology can be embedded into pretty much anything that’s soft and comes into contact with the body – so it could find its way into home theaters, gaming chairs, boardroom furniture, shopping mall seating, relaxation therapy rooms, and more.

The Flexound Pulse is reported ready for pre-orders from cinemas, or for licensing to furniture and seating manufacturers. The suitably cinematic promo video below has more.

FLEXOUND Pulse™ explained in 90 seconds

Source: Flexound Augmented Audio

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