Sci-Fi-O-Rama presents Landsat false-colour composite photographs from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) archives. All images are selections from the USGS Landsat series ‘Earth as Art‘.
What is Landsat? Well, the clue is in the name. The Landsat program is a series of Earth-imaging satellites, jointly operated by USGS and NASA. Now on its 8th generation of satellites, the program dates back to 1972 with the launch of Landsat 1. Imagery produced by Landsat is used to study a multitude of topics; disaster relief, forestry conservation, glacial retreat and agricultural forecasting to name only a few.
Starting his career as an architectural historian, Belgian artist and photographer Filip Dujardin has used his knowledge of contemporary vernacular architecture to create a body of remarkable speculative works. Reassembling everyday weathered elements of the contemporary built environment using photo-collage and rendering techniques, Dujardin builds edifices that look both ordinary and utterly impossible.
First up, I’d just like to welcome onboard Ben Feldman to Sci-Fi-O-Rama. Ben will be reviewing Sci-Fi literature as the year unfolds, from the essentials to the esoteric, and he’ll also be posting regular artist samplers, this taste of Russian prodigy Yuri Shwedoff is the first.
Something of a special feature here, original photography scanned from the breathtakingly beautiful ‘To The Moon’ (Time-Life 1969) an audio and visual chronology that documents NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and (of course) Apollo projects. ‘To The Moon’ includes 6 doubled sided 12″ Vinyl’s full of famous radio transmissions and interviews, plus an accompanying 190-page slip casebook, and that’s the focus of this post. Many thanks to Craig for the temporary loan!
Whilst I prep some new feature post’s I’m going to follow on from my recent Flickr Round with a collection of images I’ve bookmarked and backtracked via the excellent FFFFound.com – lazy? yes, I know!
I actually still have FFFFound set as my Firefox homepage and although I don’t spend quite as much time browsing as I used too, I still think it’s an excellent resource. In fact, I’ve even saved off hundreds of bookmarked images too form offline inspiration scrapbook- It was a boring chore, but has since proved to be
Spotted this breathtaking selection of abstract space photography earlier today and thought it’d make a good meander to the flow of the blog…
This post then is something of an expanded retweet which I first saw linked via We Are Build’s Twitter feed http://twitter.com/BuildsBlog. The full article comes via Wired Magazine and that’s where you can see a complete set of 12 images. Here are my thoughts and notes on the selected imagery…
All 5 photographs have been taken this year by NASA’s enduring Cassini probe which started it’s long mission to Saturn and it’s many moons back in 1997. Cassini–Huygens was developed as a twin NASA/ESA venture, with NASA constructing the Orbiter and the Europeans building the Huygens Probe (lander) which touched down on the surface of Titan