Sights we’ve seen in the solar system between here and Pluto

Friday, 3 July, 2015

It’s just a little over a week until NASA’s New Horizons space probe makes its closet approach to dwarf planet Pluto. The fun begins in earnest in the weeks following the flyby, when the data collected by the probe reaches Earth.

While we wait for that to happen, here’s a collection of images taken by other probes, of some of the planets and moons in the solar system, in the past.

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Then and now photos of American Civil War locations

Thursday, 2 July, 2015

An interactive collection of photos taken during the American Civil War, compared with images of the same locations from this year. How serene is what we see in the latter day pictures, when the bloodshed of the earlier photos is contemplated.

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Fractured landscape photos that are a reflection of themselves

Thursday, 2 July, 2015

Photo by Victoria Siemer

The landscape photography of New York City based graphic designer Victoria Siemer fractures elements of the original image back upon itself, and the results, among other thoughts I have in response, remind me of some scenes from Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception.

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In what light will the world see the broccoli tree today?

Wednesday, 1 July, 2015

Broccoli tree, photo by Patrik Svedberg

How can something that appears to change little, always look different every time you see it?

Because the scene that surrounds said object, in this case a willow tree, that has come to be known as the broccoli tree, is constantly in flux, a phenomenon that Swedish photographer Patrik Svedberg has been documenting for a couple of years now.

Via Mashable.

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Flat out on the slopes of San Francisco’s streets

Friday, 19 June, 2015

The steeply inclined streets of San Francisco have doubtless been the subject of many a photo series that levels, or flattens them, by appropriately adjusting the angle of the final image, but applying the concept to video might be something we’ve not seen too much of before.

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Jono Rotman’s photographic portraits of the Mongrel Mob

Thursday, 18 June, 2015

Portrait by Jono Rotman

Not the sort of images you’d see everyday… photographic portraits of members of the Mongrel Mob, a nation wide street gang with chapters across New Zealand, by Wellington based photographer Jono Rotman.

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More photos from another stay in North Korea

Thursday, 18 June, 2015

Because we can’t get enough of what has become regarded as the hermit kingdom, here’s a new series of photos taken by US photographer David Guttenfelder.

I know I’ve said it before, but it strikes me that an omnipresent stillness, quiet even, shrouds much of North Korea, each time I look at photos of the country. Having never been, I obviously have no idea what it’s really like though.

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Photos of what you’ll see at the water line, if you look

Wednesday, 17 June, 2015

NSW based photographer Matty Smith places his camera in the water line of whatever lake, pond, swamp, or ocean, he is nearby, and returns with some incredible images.

The story behind the photos are sometimes just as amazing as well… this picture of a long-finned eel, taken in a pond at Sydney’s Botanical Gardens, is a case in point.

Born just off the coast of New Caledonia, this eel would have made the 2,000km journey to the east coast of Australia and, one wet night, climbed out of Sydney Harbour and slithered across the grass and into this freshwater pond, where it will live for up to 30 years. Eventually, the urge to breed will take it back across the south Pacific Ocean.

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The Buran programme, the Soviet space shuttle that didn’t take off

Monday, 15 June, 2015

Photo by Ralph Mirebs

The Soviet Union, and then later the Russian Federation, aspired to a space shuttle programme, but only one craft, of a number that were built, ever went into Earth orbit, in 1988, an un-crewed flight at that. The Buran programme, as it was known, was eventually suspended in 1993.

While some of the vessels, or what was constructed of them, before the programme was terminated, can be found in various locations in Russia, this collection of photos by Ralph Mirebs, is about all that now remains of the Buran programme.

It’s unfortunate that more didn’t come of the project, considering the resources that had been expended into it.

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Here are a few photos we took while holidaying on Mars

Monday, 8 June, 2015

Is this photo collection, by Paris based photographer Julien Mauve, indicative of the sort of snaps we ourselves may take, if Mars ever becomes a – and so much for one way trips there – tourist destination?

Be sure to check out some of Mauve’s other work as well, such as Hopeless Romantic, and also After Lights Out, that I linked to last year.

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