Perspective Is Everything
Nature has provided man with artistic inspiration from the first cave paintings to the most contemporary abstractions.
Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield is daily assembling his own gallery of artistic inspirations, armed with a camera in his seat aboard the International Space Station. Col. Hadfield’s Tumblr and Twitter feed are a simply stunning collection of Earth as art, and I highly recommend losing yourself in them for as long as you can. Very few people will ever get to see Earth from that perspective, but I was curious how scenes of Earth from orbit might overlap with terrestrial art. Are these a sign of inspirations yet to come, as we gain more appreciation for our planet from above it?
- Boston at night vs. bursting fireworks
- Dripping reds and blues of the Australian outback vs. Reflections by my friend Kiah Denson
- The Etosha Pan of Africa vs. Jackson Pollock’s Gothic 1944
I doubt we’ll ever replicate the full splendor of nature in any medium. Even the most talented human hands still make little more than drugstore postcards attempting to capture the true beauty of a salty seaside sunset. But perhaps by altering our perspective on that which we are trying to capture, we can come ever closer.
Goodbye to the show that changed my life. Goodbye to the show that defied logic. Goodbye to our little dysfunctional family. Goodbye to the Bishop family. Goodbye Olivia. Goodbye to your braveness, toughness, your pure goodness. Goodbye Peter. Goodbye to your loyalty, braveness and unconditional love. Goodbye Walter. Goodbye to your crazy and fascinating mind, to your good heart. Goodbye Astrid, Broyles and Nina. Goodbye to those who looked like you and we probably never thought would ended up loving so much. Goodbye Altliv. Goodbye to your sassiness, good humor and incredibly good heart. Goodbye Walternate, Lincoln and Alt!Astrid. Goodbye Gene. Goodbye to those that left us and broke our hearts in the process. Goodbye Etta, Charlie, Lincoln, Nina. Goodbye September. Goodbye August. Goodbye to your feelings that made us feel. Goodbye to those who weren’t with us for long but made an impact nonetheless. Goodbye Sam Weiss, Ella, Rachel, Henry the taxi driver, Henry the nugget, Simon Foster and Elizabeth Bishop. Goodbye cortexikids. Goodbye to all the evil that made us appreciate the goodness. Goodbye David Robert Jones, Sanford Harris, the shapeshifters, Walternate at times, William Bell and those non feeling Observers. Goodbye to those places that certainly feel like home now. Goodbye Walter’s Lab. Goodbye Olivia’s apartment. Goodbye Walter and Peter’s house. Goodbye Massive Dynamic. Goodbye to all those strange cases that by the end felt like any other day. Goodbye to the past, present, future, alternate universes, and alternate timelines. Goodbye the show that put love above everything else and wasn’t afraid of it. Goodbye to the fans that made what seemed impossible, possible. Goodbye to the little show that could. Goodbye Fringe. I’ll raise a white tulip in your honor.
Mission 26 The Big Endeavor
Great Time Lapse Video of Endeavor’s Journey from Matt Givot. The endeavor started on Thursday night and went on until Sunday night, with very little sleep to no sleep. The only thing that kept us going was pure love of the art and adrenaline. One thing that stood out the most for me, while I was shooting, was the people of Los Angeles. It was so powerful to see the excitement on peoples faces and the pride of there home town. No matter how many times I would see the Shuttle it would never get old.
Courtesy of Matt Givot
This Video was achieved by “stacking” image sequences provided by NASA from the Crew at International Space Station. These Stacks create the Star Trails, but furthermore make interesting patterns visible. For example lightning corridors within clouds, but they also show occasional satellite tracks (or Iridium Flashes) as well as meteors - patterns that interrupt the main Star Trails, and thus are immediately visible
Courtesy of: Cristoph Malin
Endeavor has come full circle. Back on 10.11.11, I witnessed the crew of Endeavor’s final journey came to the California Science Center as title of Endeavor was being turned over from NASA to its new owners, little did we know that journey would come to fruition 1 year and 1 day later on 10.12.12 as Endeavor moved through the streets of Los Angeles to it’s permanent home.
To see it fly through the air on the back of a 747 on 9.21.12 as it waved by Los Angeles monuments but what truly amazed me was to see people who took time out of their busy schedules to look up in the sky and say goodbye to an old friend. This is not the end of the space program as we know it, but it is the beginning of the future of a new space program.
As Endeavor made its journey through the streets of Los Angeles on the morning of 10.12.12 and continued its journey the next day, 10.13.12 it was amazing to be part of history to see this beautiful space vehicle up close as its nose came slowly coming to view as it moved down the street of Crenshaw Blvd. What amazed me was how people came together to witness this once in a life time experience. This is what the space program does, it is a catalyst of how great we can be and that we should to continue to look into the sky and never give up on this dream of space exploration. It did take an extra 17 hours to make it to its permanent home but along the way a community came together.
This is a day I will never forget. It’s not magic- it’s space and science.