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RCA General Meeting: Harun Mehmedinovic, Skyglow Project

  • OMSI 1945 Southeast Water Avenue Portland, OR, 97214 (map)
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After a grueling three-year journey of over 150,000 miles traveled and 3,000,000 pictures taken, renowned timelapse filmmakers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan are proud to introduce SKYGLOW; a hardcover photo book and timelapse video series exploring North America’s remaining magnificent night skies and the grave threat of light pollution to our fragile environment. SKYGLOW explores the history and mythology of celestial observation, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting that spurred the rise of the phenomena known as "skyglow,” and the Dark Sky Movement that's fighting to reclaim the night skies. Featured by rock legends The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, BBC Earth, National Geographic, Time, National Park Service, and over 1000 media outlets, SKYGLOW images and videos have been seen by over 200 million people.

Harun Mehmedinovic took up photography as a hobby during his road trips across America. Years later, his portrait project Bloodhoney* became one of the most successful Kickstarter photography campaigns of all time. 

He is a regular contributor to BBC Earth, and has contributed photographs and videos to Vogue ItaliaNational GeographicAstronomy MagazineBBC TravelDiscovery Science, and Blindfold Magazine. Harun’s photography work has been featured by various media outlets, including TimeWiredNPR, Los Angeles TimesLA WeeklyVice, and Washington Post. It has also been the subject of a TEDx Talk. His videos have been featured at various events, most notably by The Rolling Stones on their ZIP CODE tour and the upcoming 2016/2017 tour; Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters’ 2016 Tour and Desert Trip Indio Concert; Trance duo Cosmic Gate’s am2pm music video; and National Park Service’s “100 Years” centennial video; among others.

Harun’s photograph of the cloud-inverted Grand Canyon was listed among the 2015 best travel photos of the year by National Geographic, and in 2016, he was on the BBC Earth Instagram team that won a Webby Award for “Best Photography and Graphics.”

Prior to his venture into photography, Harun’s film In the Name of the Sonpremiered at Telluride Film Festival and won over thirty international awards, including Shanghai, Savannah, and Cleveland film festivals. It was the first live action short film to receive an exclusive screening for the members of United States Congress on Capitol Hill.

Recently, Harun began work as a cinematographer on Ice on Fire, a Leonardo DiCaprio-produced documentary for HBO. 


Slides From Our October Meeting

Earlier Event: October 16
New Member Orientation
Later Event: October 18
Cosmology SIG