Projecting the Lorax on a blizzard

As readers of Pirate Cinema will know, I love pointing powerful projectors at distant, public objects, because there's something awesome about watching YouTube videos against the side of an office-building opposite one's 15th-storey hotel room. But I never suspected how wondrous the results would be if I shone the movie-light into a blizzard, as Redditor bmaffitt did three days ago.

I pointed a video projector into the blizzard tonight, and took pictures. The results were... unexpected. ( [Reddit]

Projector Snow [Flickr]

(via Hacker News)


    1. Fantastic video, and I’m glad I had the chance to see it, because I also worry this will face a stupid takedown.

  1. In the winter of ’91 a bored friend and i split a tab of acid at Villa Italia Mall….

    and nothing happened.

    Or at least nothing happened until I got off a bus to make a transfer a few hours later.  The stop was on a street brimming with 10 story residential highrises, and as it was just a few weeks into December most everyone had christmas light up. The soft purple and pink night clouds opened up and a nice regular snow started. I looked up at the snow, and each flake was reflecting a different color off of the bulbs, making an effect not dissimilar to the one you photographed so beautifully.

    Thank you for reminding me of that memory!.

    1. Acid and snow are a great combination! I used to wander around Boston in blizzards, tripping on five or ten hits.

  2. So if the reflecting particles are big enough neuro-typicals don’t get all of that edited out in the post-retinal photoshopping?  Some people see stuff like that all the time in things like scintillating dust particles going by stained glass windows.

  3. I’m sorry, I don’t really get it. It seems like the projection onto the storm in the background is cool, maybe. But all those snowflakes flashing by in front get in the way. Kind of a trees/forest problem.

    1. At that point the snowflakes become the show.  There are nights I pull over on an empty country road and just watch snowflakes fly by my headlights for the same reason; it’s truly mesmerizing.

  4. It would be interesting to try this in an actual blizzard.  Drop a ~40mph wind in there, and you’d probably have enough of a “surface” to generate a viewable picture.

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