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Hong Kong Black White


I shot in Hong Kong twice and took a bunch of photographs in the spare time, which I animated with Animoto. This is the result!

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Merry Christmas! Here’s a gift for everyone, the free iBook ‘ASIA’ with my best photos from 2005-2010.

Check out a preview from the book:

You can download the iBook version for the iPhone and iPad free of charge right here:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/533526/Asia-by_Jakob_Montrasio.epub
You can download the book directly if you open the link from an iPhone or iPad. If you download it with a computer, just import it into iTunes afterwards and sync it to your device.

You can also order a beautiful hardcopy through Blurb:
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2803637
I recommend the premium paper, it really makes a difference.

Merry Christmas, and a happy new year!

– Jakob

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Alchemist Cocktail Kitchen Shanghai: Digital Poster Outdoor Advertising.


A unique molecular gastro-lounge by prolific restaurateur Kelley Lee. Expect creative cocktails deconstructed, turned inside out, frozen with liquid nitrogen and garnished with vapors. There is also a menu of bar bites featuring some exotic snacks like crispy sweetbread and truffled oxtail sliders and popcorn pig brain with jalapeno-gribiche emulsion.
This video was directed, shot and edited by Jakob Montrasio for an outdoor advertising screen.

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Moving in Shanghai – Shanghai’s biggest guerilla event ever.

Media Markt opened it’s first store in Shanghai last week, and they did it with a bang! 40 trucks drove all over the city and delivered boxes to 1.000 movers, who then walked through Shanghai, raising the attention of the opening. In the evening, there were 3D shows on the giant building on Huaihai road as well as a uncountable amount of spectators and customers. What do I have to do with all this? I was one of the camera men hired by DVP China who captured this crazy day on camera. Enjoy the video!

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Goodbye Shanghai – Adam Christian Clark’s award-winning short film now online!

While embezzling $14 billion from a Chinese bank for the US government, two Western bankers grab $15 million in cash for themselves. They store it in an upright bass case and wander the streets of Shanghai, waiting for their morning departure. When the more experienced of the two insists they spend their last night partying in a local club, the night takes a wild turn. Goodbye Shanghai explores the negative effects of Western imperialism on modern Chinese culture.

Being the assistant director on this short, it’s my pleasure to be finally able to share it with the world. Enjoy!

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Bamboo.

Bamboo.

Anji produces 12 million commercial bamboo poles annually, ranking first nationwide. It also has China’s largest bamboo nursery. The Anji Bamboo Garden is acknowledged by scholars within and outside China as containing the widest variety of bamboo to be found. It was formerly a bamboo grove research base that combined scientific research with teaching, and has received many foreign experts and scholars and officials from the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan. (Wikipedia)

Movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House Of The Flying Daggers were partly shot here.

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Wide.

Bund Panorama.
Wide. I’ve gone wide.

Not only physically – I stopped smoking for good 3 months ago and ate a bit too much afterwards – but also here on this very blog. I’ve pushed the pixels around a lot, and raised the width from a lame 500-something to a W I D E 900! Yay! Now you are able to see my photography in much better quality, as I embed them in the next higher resolution that flickr allows now. Let’s be honest, nobody’s using a 56k or ISDN line anymore, and I really think pictures deserve to be published in a size that allows to see more detail. Why do I have a 24 megapixel camera if I squeeze the picture into a tiny 500 pixels? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

I still have to adjust font sizes a bit here and there in the next days, make them a bit bigger so that the word lines run shorter, but all in all I’m pretty happy with the new layout. And I took the annoying twitter updates off the home page, so that you won’t see anything but Jakob generated content here. I’ve let the blog down in the last months, I’ve been too busy, but I’ll try to write a bit more again, especially since my wife Jiajia and I are going to become parents next year. Cool?

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Streets, Houses, Skyscrapers, Shanghai.

Streets, Houses, Skyscrapers.
I took this image from the far west side of the Nanpu bridge in Shanghai, China.
I have shot and edited this image sometime between 2007-2009 for the ‘China Prophecy: Shanghai’ exhibition in The Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Due to the limited space in the museum, only a dozen of images are showcased. This is one of the ‘lost’ images. You can order prints from this photo here.

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Winter in Shanghai.

Winter in Shanghai.
I took this photo in 2007 during the shooting of the movie JOHN RABE at the Huangpu river, where we had the boat backdrop.
I have shot and edited this image for the ‘China Prophecy: Shanghai’ exhibition in The Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Due to the limited space in the museum, only a dozen of images are showcased. This is one of the ‘lost’ images. You can order prints from this photo here.

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In the middle of the Huangpu.

Huangpu Panorama.
Puxi (left) meets Pudong (right). Old meets new. In the middle: Huangpu river. In the background you can see the three talles buildings of Shanghai: The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jin Mao Tower as well as the new japanese-financed World Trade Center (still under construction). Taken from the middle of the Nanpu bridge in Shanghai, China.
I have shot and edited this image sometime between 2007-2009 for the ‘China Prophecy: Shanghai’ exhibition in The Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Due to the limited space in the museum, only a dozen of images are showcased. This is one of the ‘lost’ images. You can order prints from this photo here.

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