Photographer Michael Lavine’s Fortress Project

Taken from the Latin word Fortris, (meaning strong), fortresses, though known to all, are considered to be constructions from centuries past used to help defenders in military battles.  Seeing buildings that are reminiscent of fortresses located in today’s cities is jarring as they seem both familiar and completely out of place.  This juxtaposition forms the basis for photographer Michael Lavine’s project: FORTRESS.  Started in 2007, Lavine’s photographs of contemporary fortresses re-imagined for modern day are shown and acquired through an online gallery collection.

“Fortress #2” is a photograph of the John F. Kennedy building in Dallas, TX.
“Fortress #27” is a photograph of the Assumption of Theotokos Cathedral in Denver, CO.

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Director Michael Lavine’s short film – “Weekend Away”

A distressed young woman leaves the city for the weekend with the hopes of clearing her head, but meets a mysterious hitchhiker who only confuses things more. The farther she goes to escape the more she finds herself trapped.

Michael’s short film will preview at New York No Limits film festival on February 28th.

Written and Directed by Michael Lavine
Produced by Alexandra Byer
Executive Producer Mike S. Ryan
Director of Photography Mark Schwartzbard
Edited by Matthew L. Weiss
Original Score by Melora Creagor
Based on the short story by Justin Taylor

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